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.

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
TTDE 8010Philosophical Issues in Educational Studies3
TTDE 8020Research I: Introduction to Educational Research3
TTDE 8030Research II: Qualitative Research3
TTDE 8040Research III: Quantitative Research and Statistics3
TTDE 8050Theological Research and Integration for Educational Studies3
TTDE 8800Internship in Higher Education3
TTDE 8950Candidacy Exam Capstone3
Elective Courses
Select a minimum of 24 credits of Elective Courses 124
TTDE 8960Dissertation 212-15
Total Credits57-60

In consultation with the program advisor, the student designs a program (24 credits 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.


After passing the Candidacy Examination, the student will enroll in TTDE 8960 (3 credits) for up to five semesters. A student must be enrolled during the semester of graduation. Students who require more time must receive approval to enroll in TTDE 8970 (3 credits). Dissertation students are considered full-time for a maximum of five semesters of TTDE 8960 only.