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PhD - General Education

The field of education is diverse and constantly changing. Pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a General Education specialization allows students to choose from a diverse range of education courses to focus their studies in a way that best fits their career goals. Read more about the PhD in Education offered at Northcentral University.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a General Education specialization

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in applying to a Doctor of Philosophy in Education program with a General Education specialization should be interested in working toward a leadership role in the field of education. Applicants to Northcentral University's doctoral programs should have a master's degree or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

This Doctor of Philosophy in Education program intends to give graduates a theoretical knowledge base and prepare them to conduct research in the field of education. Students will have the opportunity to learn about a diverse range of instructional practices, design evidence-based solutions for current challenges in the education system, and explore how to implement the use of different educational tools, such as technology. The General Education specialization is intended to allow students to customize their program to fit their desired career or research focus, giving them a broad range of elective courses to choose from.

Along with coursework, Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Education students are required to complete a dissertation focusing on a specific area in the field of education. The program is designed to support teachers worldwide and is not specifically connected to any teaching certification.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Northcentral University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a General Education Specialization:

Students in the Doctor of Philosophy in Education program with a General Education specialization are required to complete a total of 60 credits, 18 of which can be chosen by the student. Students are permitted to take up to two courses from the fields of psychology, technology and / or business. If a student would like to take more than two courses outside of the education department, this would need to be approved on a case-by-case basis. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (60 credits)

  • Foundations for Doctoral Study in Education
  • Advanced Scholarly Writing
  • Specialization Course 1
  • Scholarly Literature Review
  • Specialization Course 2
  • Research Methods
  • Specialization Course 3
  • Statistics I
  • Specialization Course 4
  • Statistics II
  • Specialization Course 5
  • Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
  • Specialization Course 6
  • Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
  • Specialization/Elective Course
  • Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospects
  • Components of the Dissertation
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a General Education specialization program at Northcentral University is designed to prepare graduates to contribute to research and best practice in the field of education. A doctoral degree may open up further career opportunities and increased responsibility in this field.

Possible careers include:

  • Education professor
  • Educational administrator
  • Curriculum developer
  • Educational consultant

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