The Bellarmine University Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education offers the Doctor of Philosophy
(Ph.D.) degree in Education and Social Change focusing on the development of highly skilled professionals
who will act as change agents in improving the education of children and adults coming from high poverty
circumstances. The degree prepares graduates to work as leaders in a wide range of education-related
vocations including not-for-profit agencies, family advocacy, higher education, learning and teaching
research, social policy, and leadership in public/private school venues or environments. The Ph.D. in
Education and Social Change is not a certification or endorsement program for public school educators,
but rather helps graduates attain advanced knowledge in such areas as quantitative and qualitative research
practices, assets and challenges of children living in high poverty predicaments, development and diffusion
of innovative education solutions, change management, and depth of knowledge in a chosen area of
study related to improving learning for all citizens. At the heart of the new Ph.D. program is a commitment
to improve learning and social justice for some of the world’s most challenged children and adults.
The Ph.D. in Education and Social Change is an affordable 60-hour, cohort-based program attracting
students because of its social justice paradigm rooted in the Catholic tradition and research-driven
structure. Courses are delivered over a three-year period on selected weekends (Friday evening/all
day Saturday). In the course of study, students work in teams alongside top scholars to seek, replicate,
develop and explore research based innovations for improving learning for the under-privileged. Most
candidates complete their dissertation and graduate within a four-year timeframe.
For those serving in education-related fields outside of P-12 schools, the ideal candidate will usually
hold the equivalent of an undergraduate and graduate degree in their fields more broadly based related
to the education enterprise and social justice (e.g., communications, nonprofit leadership, education
policy, etc.). Areas of concentration within the Bellarmine University Ph.D. include Literacy Education,
Educational Leadership, Superintendent Focus, and Higher Education Administration. An Individualized
Plan option is also possible for persons wishing to have a more customized experience to suit clearly
identified career goals.
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