The EIME PhD program is designed to provide students with a balance between depth and breadth and between theory and practice in educational research. The EIME program consists of six interrelated components that provide a common core as well as choice and flexibility to accommodate the needs and interests of individual students.
1. A set of required core courses
The program is designed to help PhD students
better understand the nature, limits, and sources of human inquiry and knowledge, and
become proficient in planning, conducting, and interpreting the findings of educational research and inquiry methods.
2. A content-area focus
Each EIME doctoral student must develop a content-area focus in one of four cross-disciplinary specialty areas taught in the David O. McKay School of Education.
3. Additional elective courses
EIME students choose courses which will allow them to gain
a deeper understanding of the foundations of education, and
expertise in selecting and using appropriate inquiry methods and analytical tools.
4. A community of inquiry
EIME candidates participate as members of a learning community established to foster the dispositions they need to become contributing professionals as educational researchers, program evaluators, policy analysts, assessment specialists, and/or professors.
5. Mentored internships and apprenticeship opportunities
Students gain practical experience in applying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they are developing in the program.
6. A capstone experience
Students complete a dissertation that involves practical experience in designing, conducting, and reporting the results of an inquiry study.