Program Goals: ECPS PhD

Our goal is to develop high-level content knowledge and research skills through a series of:

  1. Rigorous content knowledge courses (e.g., Sociological Bases in Education; Sociology of School Knowledge; Education and Socialization; Education and Social Stratification, among others); and
  2. Rigorous courses aimed at developing high-level skills in empirical research methods relevant to our broad field (e.g., Qualitative Research in Education I and II; Fundamentals of Educational Research; Statistical Inference I and II; Large-scale Data Analysis, among others).

In addition, we facilitate the transition from coursework to dissertation and beyond in a targeted manner, through a series of professional development workshops. The workshops are designed to enhance competitiveness in the job market and the profession more broadly, for our PhD students. Workshops include, among others:

  • Publishing in Top-Tier Academic Journals;
  • Book Publishing in the Twenty-first Century;
  • Enhancing Competitiveness for Prestigious Dissertation Grants; and
  • Navigating AERA (American Educational Research Association) as a Graduate Student.

We also maintain an ECPS Brown Bag series designed to enhance theoretical and content knowledge, as well as rigorous empirical research, on important topics of interest . The ECPS brown bags are well attended by faculty members and graduate students and serve to enhance discussion about important scholarly work in the field.

2014-2015 ECPS Professional Development for Graduate Students
2015 ECPS Professional Development for Graduate Students
2015 ECPS Brown Bag Series
2016 ECPS Professional Development for Graduate Students
2017 Spring ECPS Professional Development for Graduate Students
2017 Fall ECPS Professional Development for Graduate Students

To fulfill these ECPS program goals, we have designed our Program Requirements