The CITE doctoral program prepares students to be leading scholars and educators who deeply understand and work to improve education in its political, social and cultural contexts, with a particular focus on teaching, teacher education and teachers' work. The program takes a distinctive interdisciplinary approach that combines rigorous intellectual inquiry with close connections to professional practice. Students collaborate closely with faculty on research, teaching and program design.
Graduate programs in the Michigan State University College of Education foster the insights and skills needed to deal with the most pressing challenges facing the education profession. They also are among the most highly regarded by deans and professors throughout the nation. Outstanding, internationally known faculty members construct rigorous opportunities for advanced study, mentor students and engage in millions of dollars of funded research.
Preparing Top Scholars
The Ph.D. programs prepare researchers to serve in professional positions in universities, research agencies, policy agencies and schools. Doctoral students are essential partners in developing new knowledge and in preparing the next generation of educators, coaches, athletic trainers and scholars.
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- A commitment to study real problems of practice and contribute to policy development and analysis.
- A diverse community of scholars known for its culture of collaboration, especially across disciplinary boundaries
- The opportunity to participate in an international study trip sponsored by the college
- Flexibility allowing individuals to tailor programs to their scholarly and professional interests
- Many centers, projects and offices that provide contexts for conducting and disseminating research in the field, on a small or large scale
Academic Program List
- Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education (CITE)
- Educational Leadership (Ed.D. program)
- Educational Policy
- Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET)
- Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) Hybrid
- Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE)
- K-12 Educational Administration
- Mathematics Education
- Measurement and Quantitative Methods (MQM)
- Rehabilitation Counselor Education
- School Psychology
- Special Education
Doctoral-level Graduate Certificates and Graduate Specializations
Graduate certificates and specializations are non-degree-granting areas of study that provide students with a focused curriculum or set of courses to expand knowledge and understanding about a key topic.
The interdisciplinary specialization in Economics of Education at Michigan State University helps students focus on learning the best quantitative methods to answer policy questions in education. Doctoral candidates from four College of Education programs – Educational Policy, K-12 Educational Administration, Measurement and Quantitative Methods, and Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education – are eligible for the fellowship program, which includes a graduate assistantship and an annual $30,000 stipend.
Language and Literacy Education Specialization
The specialization in Language and Literacy Education is designed for doctoral students from three programs--Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education, Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, and Special Education--who aspire to be scholars, curriculum developers and policy leaders in literacy. The specialization focuses on literacy theory, research and education, helping students address issues of language and literacy development, use and instruction, literacy contexts of social, cultural and linguistic differences, and the possibilities of transforming how people read and take action in their worlds.
Science Education Graduate Certificate
The graduate certificate in Science Education is designed for Doctoral students who are interested in developing expertise in science education across and within a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including cognition, sociocultural, and feminist/critical perspectives along with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Graduate students in the College of Education have an opportunity to study issues of urban education in greater depth through the Urban Education Graduate Certificate program. This interdepartmental sequence of courses is primarily for doctoral students (Masters students are allowed to apply as well) who have a particular interest in teaching and conducting research within the contexts of urban communities.For a full listing of all Graduate Certificates offered by Michigan State University, visit MSU Academic Programs - Graduate Certificates For a full listing of all Graduate Specialization offered by Michigan State University, visit MSU Academic Programs - Graduate Specializations