Doctor of Philosophy in Education

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Doctor of Philosophy in Education

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Doctor of Philosophy in Education


Online • Denver Instructional Site

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This program is not intended to lead to certification or licensure.*

Earn your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education. Research educational theories, systems, and learning communities.

Degree Objective

The PhD in Education is designed for students with career aspirations and research interests related to education. Graduates of the PhD in Education program will be able to:

  • Research and evaluate educational theories, systems, learning, and learning communities;
  • Leverage systems, resources, and tools to support diverse populations;
  • Evaluate policies and initiatives fundamental to ethical and legal practice in educational settings and learning communities;
  • Design and evaluate appropriate instructional strategies and systems to support student learning;
  • Analyze the complexity of educational systems and functions as an effective change agent through evidence based application of educational research; and
  • Apply diverse methods and principles of inquiry, discovery, evaluation, and original scholarship to educational research questions and practices.


Choose from the following specializations to focus your academic pursuits:

Career Opportunities

  • Preschool and Childcare Center/Program Administrators
  • Elementary and Secondary School Administrators
  • Postsecondary Administrators
  • Instructional Designers and Technologists

Online Schedule

Your course schedule is flexible. Take online courses one at a time. Online courses are offered in an accelerated six-week format and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dissertation courses are nine weeks in length.


Your faculty members all have earned doctorates and have recent experience practicing what they teach. At University of the Rockies, both the theory and its practical application are taught. Your instructors will enliven your discussions and enhance your feedback with real-world lessons from their workplace experience.


Certain facets of your doctoral coursework necessitate one-on-one or group interaction. For the PhD in Education, you are required to attend three in-residence weekend workshops in Denver, CO. Please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this in-residence workshop requirement.

Licensure Information

*An education degree from University of the Rockies was not intended to nor does it lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state’s education authorities prior to enrolling at University of the Rockies to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher’s license.

University of the Rockies graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree.

None of University of the Rockies’ online education programs are CAEP, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states.

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