The four-year, full-time program is offered on a semester calendar beginning in August, with courses taught at USC’s University Park Campus in Los Angeles. The PhD program requires a minimum of 63 units of course work.

Next on campus program start date: August 21, 2023

Year 1

Fall Semester

Proseminar in Urban Education Policy
EDUC-683 1 unit

Introduction to faculty and their research; provides professional development on a variety of topics.

 

Foundations and Design of Educational Research
EDUC 665 4 units

Build knowledge, skills and perspective to design and carry out scholarship as an educational researcher.

Research, Policy, and Practice in Urban Education
EDUC-681 4 units

Development of urban education through the social, historical and political lens as it shapes and influences education research and policy.

Introduction to Quantitative Methods
EDUC-682 3 units

Basic concepts of quantitative/statistical methods common in education research, emphasizing applications with data. Introduces sampling, types of validity, statistical inference, bivariate analysis, internal/external validity.

Spring Semester

Proseminar in Urban Education Policy
EDUC-682 1 unit

Introduction to faculty and their research; provides professional development on a variety of topics.

Organizations and Policy: Current Issues
EDUC-630 4 units

Study of contemporary issues in educational organizations, policy and change in K-12 and higher education with an explicit focus on the improvement of urban education.

Controversies in Learning and Instruction
EDUC-642 4 units

An introduction to learning research and theory, issues in learning and educational psychology situated in the context of diverse, urban settings.

Multiple Regression
EDPT-652

Multiple regression, factorial analysis of variance, path analysis.

 

Doctoral Screening

Summer Semester

Proseminar in Urban Education Policy
EDUC-683 1 unit

Introduction to faculty and their research; provides professional development on a variety of topics.

Introduction to Qualitative Methods
EDUC-651 3 units

Introduces qualitative methodologies, qualitative data collection and analysis techniques, support in drafting research proposals, and paradigms on how to critically think about inquiry.

 

Directed Research

Year 2

Fall Semester

Racism & Anti-Blackness in Education
EDUC 667 4 units

This course is designed to provide doctoral students meaningful preparation in building and honing their research skills and expertise to dismantle systems of racism and anti-Blackness in education.

Cognate Course 1

            

Directed Research

             

Spring Semester

Research Course

Cognate Course 2 

Directed Research

Teaching Assistantship*

Summer Semester

Research Course

Education Course

Directed Research

Year 3

Fall Semester

Cognate Course 3

Concentration Course

Preparation for qualifying exam

Spring Semester

Final Research Course

Qualifying Exam*

Summer Semester

Preparation for Dissertation Proposal

Dissertation Proposal*

Year 4

Fall Semester

Dissertation Course

Spring & Summer Semesters

Dissertation Course

Dissertation Defense*

Graduation!*

* Non-course milestones