About this program
Coursework and study
The doctoral curriculum allows students to take courses across disciplinary lines and the opportunity to take depth content area classes in each of the departmental program areas. Full-time students typically spend two or three years in coursework and two years in independent research. Our curriculum is unique in its focus on deep research methodology that offers students the opportunity to take multiple research methodology classes, which include:
- Arts-based methodology
- Critical discourse analysis
- Narrative research methodology
- Qualitative research methodology
- Queer and feminist research methodology
As part of a large, interdisciplinary research organization you will also have access to the University’s world-class labs, libraries, and faculty to help with your research, faculty collaborations across the College and University. You have the opportunity to attend talks, lectures, workshops, and events as a University of Minnesota student. Our department welcomes diverse perspectives and ideas and we look forward to collaborating with you as part of the C&I community. See examples of past doctoral dissertations.
Read more about the graduate student resources in the College of Education and Human Development.
Career opportunities and resources
Many of our students have the opportunity to work on sponsored projects, travel to and present at conferences, publish in journals, and earn awards and fellowships. Competitive opportunities are also available to hone your research skills across the College and University.
Each year, the graduate studies committee offers proseminars on skills you will need as professionals in the field of educational research covering topics such as how to get published, develop a dissertation, and apply for an academic position. View recordings of past proseminars here.