Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Ph.D. Program:
The Ph.D. in Education offers specializations in higher and postsecondary education, counselor education, literacy education, and special education. Our students are tasked with responding to the region's, nation's, and world's most persistent educational challenges, those that obstruct access, success, and equity in traditionally underserved communities. Program features include dedicated research and teaching sequences in which students learn to become professors and researchers through the instruction and mentorship of established faculty members; and structured opportunities to publish, present at conferences, and contribute to the grant writing process.

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Candidates may be eligible for the Holmes Scholarship Program, additional information can be obtained at:


The mission of IMPACT is to increase the representation of males from racially and ethnically diverse back-grounds in teaching and respond to persistent opportunity gaps faced by young men from diverse back-grounds. IMPACT participants will complete an urban education focused teacher preparation program in one of the following areas: early childhood, elementary, Master's of Teaching in English or Social Studies, or Master's in STEM Education. In addition, participants will engage in relevant and meaningful experiences that address personal/social, career, and academic development. Participants will receive a strong foundation of educational knowledge, skills and dispositions that will in-form their practice as future transformational leaders in the educational setting. In addition, students receive mentoring from current male educational leaders through the Men of Color network.  Participation includes monthly mentor meetings and special events. 

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Urban Education & Community Studies (UECS): 
The objective of the proposed A. in Urban Education and Community Studies is to prepare urban educators, community organizers, policy makers, school leaders, and youth-focused change agents to understand the contradictions of current urban school systems and meaningfully address the educational and broader socioeconomic disparities that urban communities too often face. This two year program offers to students field based experience and the opportunity to do original research through a thesis or capstone project. 

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