Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Program Description

The PhD is an academic, research degree designed especially for Christian educational administrators, teacher educators, and professors serving at the tertiary level.

The program emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed by educational leaders. It incorporates a research orientation and is intended to prepare students for effective decision making, enabling them to become positive change agents in their institutions. A solid foundation in Adventist educational philosophy prepares students for leadership positions through which they can exert an influence on the future of Christian educational systems.

The PhD program is offered with specialization in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration. The available cognates for the PhD degree are Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, and TESOL. A customized cognate is also available for those who have a particular area of interest.

Program Length

39 months

When to Begin

August or January

Admission Requirements

  1. An MA in Education degree or its equivalent (a minimum of 36 semester hours required), with a minimum GPA of 3.50 (on a four-point scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted on scholastic probation and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.50 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours. 
  2. Demonstrated English proficiency. All students taking the TESOL cognate are required to take one of the standard English proficiency tests prescribed by AIIAS. The minimum passing score for the test is higher than for other programs – IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.
  3. Provide a statement (500-750 words), (a) describing why they desire to pursue a PhD in Education at AIIAS, and (b) the topic or topics they would like to pursue for their dissertation research.
  4. Complete a proctored writing sample to be used as assessment.
  5. Participate in a Growth States Interview.

Prerequisites

1. Graduate Education courses (minimum grade of B, counted as part of the MA credits), to include the following courses, regardless of the area of emphasis:

  • Supervision on Instruction
  • Classroom Management
  • Pedagogical Foundations
  • Foundations of Christian Curriculum
  • Faith and Learning in Christian Education
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Academic Writing
  • Action Research

Additional graduate courses required for the emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Instructional Models
  • Process Curriculum

Additional graduate courses required for the emphasis in Educational Administration:

  • Institutional Finance 
  • Principalship and School Improvement
  • School Organization and Law

2. A master’s thesis or a report of other significant research. In the absence of such prior research, the student is required to complete RESM 685 Research Experience (3 semester hours.) as a prerequisite.

3. Teaching experience, normally a minimum of three years. A letter of verification is required.

4. At least one religion course (undergraduate or graduate), with a minimum grade of C, from each of the following areas:

  • Adventist Beliefs
  • Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy
  • Biblical Studies

Curriculum

Program Structure

Credits

Philosophy

4

Specialization

21

Cognate

12

Research

15

Dissertation

15

TOTAL

67

Philosophy

4

Complete the following two courses:


CHPH 872 Philosophy: An Adventist Perspective

3

GSEM 731 Seminar in Worldview and Worldview Change

1

Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction

21

Complete the following six courses:


EDCI 720 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

3

EDCI 730 Advanced Curriculum Theory and Practice

3

EDCI 750 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction

3

EDCI 765 Advanced Instructional Processes

3

EDCI 785 E-Learning

3

EDCI 792 Advanced Fieldwork in Curriculum and Instruction

3

Complete one of the following courses:

EDCI 729 Topics in ______

3

EDCI 793 Advanced Readings in ______

3

EDCI 870 Independent Project in ______

3

EDCI 895 Directed Research in ______

3

Specialization in Educational Administration

21

Complete the following five courses:


EDAD 730 Financial Management for Educational Institutions

3

EDAD 750 Seminar in Administration and Institutional Development

3

EDAD 786 Administration in Higher Education

3

EDAD 792 Advanced Fieldwork in Educational Administration

3

MGMT 725 Change and Crisis Management

3

Complete one of the following courses:


EDAD 729 Topics in ______

3

EDAD 793 Advanced Readings in ______

3

EDAD 870 Independent Project in ______

3

EDAD 895 Directed Research in ______

3

Complete one of the following courses:

BUAD 691 Strategic Management

3

BUAD 730 Quality and Knowledge Management

3

BUAD 785 Leadership and Corporate Governance

3

EDAD 650 Human Resource Management

3

Cognate in Curriculum and Instruction

12

Complete the following four courses:


EDCI 615 Instructional Models

3

EDCI 632 Inclusive Instruction

3

EDCI 640 Process of Curriculum

3

EDCI 785 E-Learning

3

Cognate in Educational Administration

12

Complete the following four courses:


EDAD 640 Administrative Finance

3

EDAD 651 Principalship and School Improvement

3

EDAD 674 School Organization and Law

3

EDAD 786 Administration in Higher Education

3

Cognate in TESOL

12

Complete the following four courses:


EDTE 620 Second Language Acquisition

3

EDTE 622 TESOL Methods for Content-Area Reading and Writing

3

EDTE 628 TESOL Methods in Speaking and Listening

3

EDTE 680 Advanced Grammar

3

Customized Cognate

12

Those students who have a particular area of interest, may design a cognate in consultation with their academic advisor and upon approval of the Education Department.


Research

15

Complete the following two courses:


RESM 715 Advanced Research

3

RESM 740 Qualitative Research

3

Complete one of the following courses according to the research methodology specialty:


RESM 752 Applied Quantitative Research

3

RESM 751 Applied Qualitative Research

3

Complete the following two courses:

RESM 770 Institutional Evaluation

3

RESM 780 Disciplinary Research in ______

3

Dissertation

12

EDAD/EDCI 897 Dissertation Proposal Writing

1-3

EDAD/EDCI 808 PhD Dissertation

12

Work-Embedded Doctor of Philosophy in Education

The Work-Embedded PhD in Education is designed to provide educational administrators and experienced faculty members an opportunity to continue their education without leaving their work places for a long period of time. Designed as a cohort, the participants attend on-campus classes for two months (July and August) every year. Please contact us to find out more about the work-embedded PhD in Education.

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Financial Information for PhD in Education

$16,980

Tuition, required fees, books. Not including prerequisites.

Family $ 8,770

This includes housing, utility, food & miscellaneous, refundable deposit. For a couple with 2 children in a 2-bedroom unit.

Individual $ 3,500

This includes housing, utility, food & miscellaneous, refundable deposit.