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Doctoral Program Overview

Doctoral Program in Developmental Education

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University-San Marcos offers two doctoral degrees in developmental education: a PhD that will produce researchers, university faculty, and scholars who will build a strong research and theoretical base for developmental education and an EdD that will produce highly qualified program leaders and practitioners in developmental education programs. As the first PhD and one of the only EdDs in developmental education in the country, the program will fill an urgent need for advanced research in a rapidly expanding field that serves those students who are underprepared for postsecondary education.

Doctoral Students

Applicants for the doctoral program will include developmental education instructors, coordinators, and administrators, as well as those possessing a master’s degree from a variety of disciplines. Each student's degree plan will be designed by the doctoral program director and program faculty in consultation with the student, during the first year of study. Degree plans depend on each student's academic preparation, scholarly accomplishments, experience, and professional goals. This process creates a highly flexible and personalized degree that also ensures strong preparation for graduates to address pressing needs of this important field.

PhD and EdD Programmatic Elements Include:

Specializations in:

  • Developmental Literacy
  • Developmental Mathematics
  • Learning Support

Core coursework and degree requirements focused on:

  • Developmental education theory and research
  • Research methods
  • Professional development

Educational Objectives:

Preparing developmental education professionals who engage in divergent and critical thinking, are culturally competent, and are skilled in maximizing technology applications for learning.

Preparing developmental education professionals who understand and can respond to the nature and needs of students enrolled in developmental education programs; the complexities of motivation, teaching, learning, and assessment in developmental education settings; and the political, cultural, and social systems that create inequities in educational settings.