School of Education Doctoral Programs
The School of Education at Seattle Pacific University offers doctoral programs for professionals interested in leadership and teaching positions in all fields and levels of education. The research-focused PhD program and the practioner EdD program will prepare you to meet the needs of today's schools and communities. If you want to earn a doctorate in order to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families, SPU offers a program for you.
What distinguishes SPU's doctoral programs?
- Designed for full-time working educators
- Cohort-based programs with small classes, personalized instruction, and a sense of community
- Expert faculty with a desire to help students succeed
- Opportunities for involvement in undergraduate and graduate programming at SPU
- Focus on educational research, theory, and practice applicable to current needs of schools
- Clear differentiation between empirical, research-focused degree (PhD) and practitioner degree (EdD)
The EdD at SPU is a degree program for school leaders and educators who want to develop as practitioners. It is designed to prepare you for a variety of leadership positions, such as superintendent or district office administrator, in the P–12 educational system. Learn more
SPU's PhD in Education is a degree program for educators who want to develop as scholar-teachers. It is designed to prepare you to become a college- or university-level educator capable of both teaching and conducting publishable research. Learn more
Counselor Education (PhD)
This PhD program at SPU is for counselors who want to develop as scholar-teachers. It is designed to prepare you to teach school counseling at the graduate level and to conduct publishable research. Learn more
Core Doctoral Program
All doctoral students in the School of Education, regardless of their terminal degree, take the same foundation courses, including a Leadership Colloquium. These core classes are designed to develop leadership by focusing on knowledge applicable to all fields and levels of education. You will then begin your individual course sequence and specialization, which culminates in Comprehensive Exams, and a Dissertation. The schedule and requirements are described in more detail under each degree.
Learning While Teaching
Lindsay O’Neal challenges her students to think intentionally about their goals and dreams. “I decided to follow my own advice,” she says, “and go back to school.” Now the Federal Way High School teacher is a PhD student at SPU.
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