The goals of all doctoral programs in the Department are three:
- To guide students in their development as professionals in their chosen fields related to teaching and learning.
- To prepare students to be skilled and knowledgeable educational researchers/consumers of research.
- To establish themselves as highly successful programs that are recognized for the quality of their graduates and their statewide/national/international visibility.
The objectives associated with each goal are these:
To guide students in their development as professionals in their chosen fields related to departmental expertise.
- provide students with effective mentoring.
- provide students with a variety of options for meeting their individual goals (coursework, internships, teaching/research assistantships, independent research opportunities, etc.).
- provide students with opportunities to grow into effective researchers and disseminators of research.
To prepare students to be skilled and knowledgeable educational researchers/consumers of research.
- locate, analyze, and synthesize research literature, and apply that synthesis to problems of practice and/or theory.
- effectively communicate scholarly work through written, oral, and/or alternate formats.
- skillfully inquire into areas of program-related interest.
- develop scholarly habits of curiosity, inquiry, skepticism, and data-based decision making.
- conduct and disseminate original scholarship that demonstrates acquisition and application of new knowledge and theory.
- become emerging experts in their area of study.
To establish itself as a highly successful program that is recognized for the quality of its graduates and its statewide/national/international visibility.
- attract, secure, and retain high quality students.
- graduate students who are satisfied with the professional preparation they have received.
- graduate students who attain appropriate employment.
- maintain an excellent on-time graduation record.
- are delivered by a high quality graduate faculty that actively contributes to the program and scholarship that adds to the knowledge base of one of the program specializations.