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Program Directors: Prema Gaikwad and Arceli Rosario

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 emphases in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration. Cognates for the PhD degree are available in the areas of Business Management, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Fundamentals of Education, Public Health, Instructional Technology, Library Administration, Religious Education, Research and Statistics, and TESOL.

Estimated completion time for the PhD program is approximately 39 months (approximately 24 months for coursework beyond the MA in Education, 3 months to prepare for the comprehensive examination, and approximately 12 months for the PhD dissertation). Prerequisites may increase this estimate

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. Alternatively, students with a master’s degree in another discipline can meet entry requirements through an EdS program at AIIAS, with a GPA greater than 3.50. Credit transfer from an AIIAS EdS to an AIIAS PhD is automatic, regardless of whether the EdS was completed or abandoned. For an AIIAS PhD, an EdS from outside AIIAS would be subject to the 25% transfer rule, just as for any other program.
  2. Demonstrated English proficiency.
  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.

Prerequisites

  1. A minimum of 18 semester hours of 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:
    • Foundations of Christian Education
    • Faith and Learning in Christian Education
    • Research Methods
    • Statistics

Those who hold a master’s degree in an area outside of education may select the Fundamentals of Education cognate and apply the credits earned toward the fulfillment of this requirement.

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

  • Advanced Instructional Strategies
  • Foundations of Curriculum or Process of Curriculum
  • Additional graduate courses required for the emphasis in Educational Administration:
  • Administrative Finance
  • 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

The following courses are offered as graduate level self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:

  • CHIS 501 Spirit of Prophecy (2)
  • NTST 502 Life and Teaching of Jesus (2)
  • THST 501 Adventist Doctrines (2)

Other Seminary courses may also apply (ask your program director)

Requirements

To be awarded the PhD degree, a candidate must satisfactorily fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 48 semester hours of coursework beyond the MA in Education (600-level or above) with a minimum GPA of 3.50.
  2. Successfully complete a minimum of 3 semester hours of fieldwork.
  3. Pass the written comprehensive examination.
  4. Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of dissertation credit.
  5. Pass an oral defense of the candidate’s dissertation before the Dissertation Defense Committee.

Maximum Load

PhD students are generally limited to 12 credits per semester. A doctoral student may be granted an overload of 15 hours (9 hours during the Intersemester) only once during their degree program, provided that at least two of the courses involved are master’s level subjects.

Curriculum

A total of 66-68 semester hours is required for the PhD degree, distributed in the following manner:

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Curriculum
Philosophy     6 units
EDUC 702 Contemporary Issues in Education (3 units)
EDUC 740 Philosophy: An Adventist Perspective (3 units)
Major Field of Concentration      24 units
The PhD student selects one of the following areas of emphasis:
Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction
EDCI 730 Advanced Curriculum Theory (3 units)
EDCI 750 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units)
EDCI 770 Program Evaluation (3 units)
EDCI 685 E-Learning (3 units)
EDCI 792 Advanced Fieldwork in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units)
One of the following:
EDCI 771 Curriculum Development–Elementary Education (3 units)
EDCI 772 Curriculum Development–Secondary Education (3 units)
EDCI 773 Curriculum Development–Tertiary Education (3 units) 
Two of the following (not included in the MA degree credits):
EDAD 674 School Organization and Law (3 units)
EDCI 601 Supervision of Instruction (3 units)
EDCI 610 Classroom Management (3 units)
EDCI 622 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3 units)
EDCI 625 Instructional Media (3 units)
EDCI 632 Inclusive Instruction (3 units)
EDCI 645 Instructional Evaluation (3 units)
EDCI 793 Advanced Readings in_______________ (1-3 units)
EDCI 870 Independent Project in________________ (1-3)
EDCI 895 Directed Individual Research in_____________ (1-3 units)
EDIT 681 E-Marketing for Education (3 units)
EDUC 620 Developmental Psychology (3 units)
Emphasis in Educational Administration
EDAD 729 Topics in ______ (6 units)
EDAD 730 Financial Management for Educational Institutions (3 units)
EDAD 750 Seminar in Administration and Institutional Development (3 units)
EDAD 786 Administration in Higher Education (3 units)
EDAD 792 Advanced Fieldwork in Educational Administration (3 units)
MGMT 725 Change and Crisis Management (3 units)
Three of the following (not included in the MA degree credits):
BUAD 730 Quality Management (3 units)
BUAD 790 Advanced Topics in Business (3 units)
EDAD 601 Supervision of Instruction (3 units)
EDAD 610 Organizational Behavior (3 units)
EDAD 650 Human Resource Management (3 units)
EDAD 786 Administration in Higher Education (3 units)
EDAD 793 Advanced Readings in_____________________ (1-3 units)
EDAD 870 Independent Project in ______________________(1-3 units)
EDAD 895 Directed Individual Research in__________________(1-3 units)
EDCI 770 Program Evaluation (3 units)
MGMT 624 Entrepreneurship (3 units)
MGMT 676 Project Management (3 units)
MGMT 725 Change and Crisis Management (3 units)
Cognate     12 units
The PhD in Education student selects at least one of the following cognate areas, distinct from the area of emphasis:
Cognate in Business Management
Four of the following:
At least one of the following courses:
EDAD 610 Organizational Behavior (3 units)  
EDAD 650 Human Resource Management (3 units)
MGMT 602 Managerial Communication (3 units)
MGMT 624 Entrepreneurship (3 units)
At least one of the following courses:
ACCT 657 Fund Accounting (3 units)
BUAD 635 Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making (3 units)
BUIT 662 Information Technology Management (3 units)
BUIT 674 Database Applications (3 units)
EDAD 730 Financial Management for Educational Institutions (3 units)
EDIT 660 Educational Information Systems (3 units)
FNCE 640 Financial Management (3 units)
FNCE 654 Financial Analysis and Reporting (3 units)
MGMT 670 Project Management (3)
Cognate in Curriculum and Instruction
Four of the following:
At least one of the following:
EDCI 620 Foundations of Curriculum (3 units)
EDCI 730 Advanced Curriculum Theory (3 units)
EDCI 770 Program Evaluation (3 units)
At least one of the following:
EDCI 622 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3 units)
EDCI 625 Instructional Media (3 units) 
EDCI 632 Inclusive Instruction (3 units) 
EDCI 750 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units)
EDCI 785 E-Learning (3 units)
One of the following:
EDCI 771 Curriculum Development–Elementary Education (3 units)
EDCI 772 Curriculum Development–Secondary Education (3 units)
EDCI 773 Curriculum Development–Tertiary Education (3 units)
Cognate in Educational Administration
Four of the following:
EDAD 601 Supervision of Instruction (3 units)
EDAD 610 Organizational Behavior (3 units)
EDAD 640 Administrative Finance (3 units) 
EDAD 650 Human Resource Management (3 units)
EDAD 651 Principalship and School Improvement (3 units) 
EDAD 674 School Organization and Law (3 units)
EDAD 720 History of Management Thought (3 units)
EDAD 730 Financial Management for Educ. Institutions (3 units)
EDAD 745 Master Planning of Educational Facilities (3 units)
EDAD 750 Seminar in Administration and Institutional Development (3 units)
Cognate in Fundamentals of Education
Four of the following:
EDCI 615 Advanced Instructional Strategies (3 units)
EDCI 620 Foundations of Curriculum (3 units)
EDCI 625 Instructional Media (3 units)
EDCI 632 Inclusive Instruction (3 units) 
EDCI 645 Instructional Evaluation (3 units) 
EDUC 605 Christian Leadership and Ethics (3 units)
EDUC 624 Faith and Learning in Christian Education (3 units)
EDUC 635 Educational Psychology: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 units)
Cognate in Instructional Technology
Four of the following:
BUIT 662 Information Technology Management (3 units)
BUIT 674 Database Applications (3 units)
BUIT 684 Telecommunications, Networking and Security (3 units)
EDCI 625 Instructional Media (required if not taken previously) (3 units)
EDCI 785 E-Learning (3 units)
EDIT 660 Educational Information Systems (3 units)
EDIT 681 Digital Media for Education (3 units)
EDIT 682 Web Tools for Education (3 units)
Cognate in Library Administration
Four of the following:
EDLA 550 Foundations of School Librarianship (3 units)
EDLA 610 Collection Development and Management (3 units)
EDLA 620 Cataloging and Classification of Library Materials (3 units)
EDLA 630 Reference Services (3 units)
EDLA 640 Library Management (3 units)
Cognate in Public Health
Four of the following:
PHEL 678 Topics in Family Health (3 units)
PHFN 600 Health Promotion Theory and Practice (3 units)
PHFN 605 Planning and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (3 units)
PHFN 610 Principles of Environmental Health (3 units)
PHHP 650 Mechanisms of Health and Disease (3 units)
PHHP 655 Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction Programs (3 units)
PHHP 660 Current Global Health Issues (3 units)
Cognate in Religious Education
Four of the following:
CHMN 606 Theology and Practice of Ministry (3 units) 
CHMN 649 Religious Education in the Local Church (3 units) 
EDRE 612 Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 units) 
EDRE 635 Youth Ministry (3 units)
EDRE 679 Ministry and the Spiritual Life (3 units)
EDRE 710 Seminar in Family Life Issues (3 units)
EDRE 870 Independent Project in ________________ (3 units)
EDRE 895 Directed Individual Research in_______ (3 units)
MSSN 607 Field Contextualization Seminar (3 units)
MSSN 677 Growing Disciples and Mission (3 units)
MSSN 585/685 Biblical Foundations of Ministry and Mission (3 units)
Cognate in Research and Statistics
Four of the following not used for Research and Statistics requirements:
RESM 720 Nonparametric Statistics (3 units) 
RESM 725 Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 units)
RESM 730 Documentary Research (3 units) 
RESM 740 Qualitative Research (3 units)  
RESM 745 Construction of Scales and Survey Instruments (3 units)
RESM 895 Directed Individual Research in _________ (3 units) 
Cognate in TESOL
Four of the following courses:
EDTE 528 TESOL Methods in Speaking & Listening (3 units) 
EDTE 580 Advanced Grammar for English Language Teaching (3 units)
EDTE 620 Second Language Acquisition (3 units)
EDTE 622 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3 units) 
EDTE 630 Pragmatics (3 units)
Note: If you have a particular area of interest, you may design a cognate in consultation with the Education Department which may include courses from other departments at AIIAS, transfer credits, online courses, or independent research.
Research, Statistics and Writing     9-11 units
RESM 520 Academic Writing (0-2 units)
(Waived if successfully completed at AIIAS as part of a prior degree)
RESM 632 Advanced Statistics (3 units)
RESM 740 Qualitative Research (3 units)
RESM 780 Research Design (3 units)
Dissertation     15 units
EDAD/EDCI 899 PhD Dissertation (3 units)
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS

66-68 units 

 

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