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

Overview of the Program

The Ph.D. in Career and Workforce Education is a research degree that prepares professionals interested in positions in teaching, research, and policy positions in universities, four-year colleges, community/technical colleges, government agencies, and in the private sector. The doctoral program seeks to provide professionals in related fields with the preparation needed to address important research questions central to the planning, organization, delivery, and evaluation of systems and components involving the connection of education, work, and economic development.

For example, Diane Culpepper, Director of Winter Park Tech (Winter Park, FL), wanted to advance her knowledge on new designs for career and technical education programs for implementation in a technical center context. She was particularly interested in improving the quality of postsecondary occupational training certification programs and academic programs offered at  Winter Park Tech, which was established in 1974. The school also offers adult and community education at four area high schools and other centers in the greater Orlando area. The complexity involved in the organization and delivery of such programs presented a welcome challege for her and she decided to pursue a doctorate in vocational education to strenghten her vision and professional capacity. 

Program Philosophy

The Ph.D. in Career and Workforce Education is underlined by a belief that program participants gain deep understandings of concept connections through systems thinking and an immersion in relevant research. Further, we believe in providing professionals in the field with opportunities to build upon their own expertise and career interests.

The doctoral program is grounded in interdisciplinary applications of education, work, and the economy and the implications for teaching and learning in schools, postsecondary settings, workplace, and for the organization of workforce development systems. This research framework should provide a more accurate representation of the professional needs of professionals in the field who wish to engage in further graduate studies. The required coursework and research experiences are more relevant to the times and should serve as the foundations for rewarding careers in academia and other venues including government agencies and private sector.


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Fall 2015



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