Educational Studies, Ph.D.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence and ethical practices in designing and carrying out sound original empirical research to extend knowledge in the field of educational studies (ULO 1, 2 and 3).
  2. Locate, analyze, critically evaluate, synthesize, and apply knowledge from the literature of the broad field of educational studies to address the needs of educational and ministry settings (ULO 1 and 3).
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in carrying out biblical and theological research, integrating theological and social science data to inform and guide educational and ministry research, theory development, and practice (ULO 1 and 3).
  4. Demonstrate teaching abilities and skills suitable for higher educational settings (ULO 3).
  5. Demonstrate the needed writing skills to communicate with academic audiences (ULO 3).
  6. Give evidence of ongoing personal openness and spiritual responsiveness to God and a desire to continue to grow in relationship with God (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Ph.D. in Educational Studies Curriculum

Core Requirements
All students complete 21 semester credits of required core courses. Students should pursue the completion of core courses early in their program and follow the research sequence of prerequisites carefully.
TTDE 801Philosophical Issues in Educational Studies3
TTDE 806Theological Research and Integration for Educational Studies3
TTDE 807Educational Research I: Descriptive Research and Statistics3
TTDE 866Educational Research II: Inferential Research and Statistics3
TTDE 867Educational Research III: Qualitative Research3
TTDE 877Candidacy Exam Capstone3
TTDE 884Doctoral Internship3
Elective Requiements
Select 24 credits 124
Total Credits45

In consultation with the program advisor, the student designs a program (24-semester-credit minimum) in light of educational background and vocational and research interests. Elective courses are available in a range of content areas, including, but not limited to: Christian formation, teaching foundations and processes, curriculum development, Christian higher education, and leadership and administration.

In selecting a program of study, students may incorporate any electives offered (consult the two-year projected schedule of courses). In addition, sufficient latitude in designing elective course assignments permits students to pursue a variety of research interests. Courses are usually offered on a rotating basis every two or three years.

University Courses as Electives

Up to 3 credits of pre-approved elective graduate course work directly related to the program of study may be taken in other departments at Biola University or transferred in from other accredited graduate institutions. However, since enrollment may be limited, the student must obtain permission from the instructor and the dean of the school in which the course is offered.