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Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction
with a Concentration in
Career and Workforce Education

Program Outline

The Ph.D. program in Career and Workforce Education is a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. The program emphasis is on helping doctoral students bridge theory, research, and practice around the conceptualization, planning, organization, delivery, and evaluation of career and workforce education systems, programs, and practices. Thus, doctoral students are expected to complete a program of study including the following components: A common core requirement, research preparation, a concentration core, a cognate, and a dissertation component. Overall, students in the program will require a minimum of 70 credit hours to attain the doctoral degree in CWE as outlined below.

Program Components

Minimum Semester
Credit Hours

Common Core

Philosophies of Inquiry Course



Research Preparation

Research Methods




Tools and Applications


CWE Concentration 

CWE Core



Cognate Area



Dissertation Research






Common Core Requirement. The common core course for doctoral programs in the College of Education is EEX 7743 Philosophies of Inquiry. The course sets the stage for the program introducing students to a critical foundation of scholarly development: Critical thinking about ways of knowing and doing central to knowledge production and research preparation.

Research Preparation. Students in the program will also build a strong research preparation to facilitate their scholarship development and completion of dissertation work. The research core represents a minimum of 25 credit hours including 14 hours of research methods and 11 hours of tools and applications. Depending upon individual needs, students may opt to take additional coursework in addition to minimum requirements to reinforce their research preparation.

CWE Concentration. Primarily, the program seeks to facilitate knowledge production about the organization, implementation, and evaluation of career and workforce education programs and practices. In addition, doctoral students are also expected to develop specific understandings in a CWE area of interest as part of their cognate. The CWE concentration represents a minimum of 30 credit hours including 18 hours of CWE core courses and 12 hours of cognate coursework.

Dissertation. Upon successful completion of program coursework, students take a qualifying examination to be eligible for doctoral candidacy. Once in candidacy, students must enroll in ECT 7980 for a minimum of 2 dissertation credit hours each semester and complete at least 12 dissertation hours to be eligible for graduation.

Additional Program Information

Program of Study
Summary of the program components and course descriptions.

Qualifying Examination
Information about the nature of the qualifying examination and program options.

Dissertation Process
Requirements and process for completing dissertation research, samples of dissertation work.



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