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Doctoral Degree Overview

University of Idaho offers two advanced Education degree programs, the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Differences between the two are explained below. The Doctoral Handbook will guide students through the steps necessary to be considered for admission to the doctoral program in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences and College of Graduate Studies.

Students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in education have various areas of specialization to choose from. Refer to the Doctoral Specializations page for more information.

For more information about our programs, contact Ann Brown.

The Doctor of Education prepares students as professional leaders, educators and practitioner-scholars who actualize the knowledge base in their respective field. Students will:

  • Create and model ethical evidence-based best practices

  • Lead organizational change 

  • Establish a caring and collaborative learning community

  • Support the principles of teaching and learning practices

  • Utilize the principles of effective leadership

  • Develop proficiency utilizing and applying technologies

  • Evaluate the individual, organizational, and societal contexts of learning

  • Design research that addresses professional policy issues

  • Integrate ethical sensitivity toward diversity and social justice in research, teaching and learning

The Doctor of Philosophy prepares students as researchers, faculty and/or discipline-based scholars who contribute to the knowledge base of their respective fields. Students will:

  • Engage in ethical, empirical, theoretical, and/or conceptual inquiry

  • Develop an active research agenda

  • Engage in grant-writing, proposal and manuscript preparation and presentations

  • Develop understanding of pedagogies and content 

  • Contribute to professional organizations, societies and/or academies

  • Engage in appropriate outreach/service 

  • Integrate ethical sensitivity toward diversity and social justice in research, teaching and learning


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3082

Phone: 208-885-6587

Fax: 208-885-1071