STUDY GUIDELINES: DISSERTATION TOPICS IN EDUCATION
The Ed.D. Or the PHD?
Depending on whether the student wishes to obtain a Doctorate of Philosophy or a Doctorate of Education, there is a wide range of topics that may be addressed in the Dissertation. It is first, though, important to be aware of the distinction between the two degrees.
- The Ed.D
- The PH.D
- Ed.D. Topics
- Ed.D. Counseling Topics
- PH.D Topics
- PH.D Counseling Topics
The Doctorate of Education or Ed.D is generally geared toward persons who wish to pursue Education Administration in K-12 and Intermediate School Districts.
The Doctorate of Philosophy or PHD is geared more toward individuals who wish to conduct research, provide counseling services in universities, colleges, agencies, or government.
For the Doctorate of Education, appropriate topics may include Counseling, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Evaluation and Research, Instructional Technology, Reading, Language and Literature or Speech Education.
If the student were to be interested in Counseling, he or she may consider Art Education, Bilingual Bicultural Education, Career and Technical Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Foreign Language Education, K-12 Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Science Education, or Social Studies Education.
If the student were to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy, he or she may consider Counseling, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Evaluation and Research, Instructional Technology, Kinesiology with the following concentrations: Physical Education Pedagogy, or Exercise and Sport Science, or finally, Special Education.
If the student were to approach his or her Doctorate from a Counseling perspective, the following topics may be discussed: Art Education, Career and Technical Education, Early childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, foreign Language Education, K-12 Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Secondary Education, or Social Studies education.
We Have Choices
Again, there is a wide range of topics to choose from. The student may select a topic in line with the above guidelines with reasonable confidence that his or her choice is acceptable.
The Doctoral Degree in Counseling is designed to hone knowledge of individual functioning, group functioning, career counseling, theory and technique and should assist the student in the comprehension of the historical, philosophical, social, psychological, cultural, economic, political implications of the study in this field. These studies are designed to train the student to provide a high level of supervision, which should reflect, advanced knowledge of theories and techniques relevant to the delivery of counseling services and the necessary supervision that should accompany it.