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Doctoral Programs

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.

See which doctoral programs rank in the nation's top-10.

Unparalleled Experiences

  • 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

Doctoral Program List

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.

Economics of Education Specialization

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 programsEducational Policy, K-12 Educational Administration, Measurement and Quantitative Methods and Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Educationare 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 programsCurriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education, Educational Psychology and Educational Technology and Special Educationwho 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.

Urban Education Graduate Certificate

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 (master's 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

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