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Graduate

Admission to Graduate School

  Fall Spring Summer
Application Deadline July 1 November 1 April 1


Graduate Programs with Unique Admission Deadlines

  Fall Spring Summer
Health Education/Health Promotion (Ph.D.) April 30 (or last Friday of month) October 30 (or last Friday of month) -
Community Health (MAE) April 30 (or last Friday of month) October 30 (or last Friday of month) -
Community Health: Nonprofit Management (Certificate) April 30 (or last Friday of month) October 30 (or last Friday of month) -
Clinical Mental Health (MA) June 1* September 1 April 1*
School Counseling (MA) June 1* September 1 April 1*
Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (MA)  
-begins Fall 2016
June 1* September 1 -
Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (Certificate)  
-begins Fall 2016
-summer admission only for students who need ECG 691
June 1* - April 1*
Educational Studies in Diverse Populations (Ph.D.) May 1 - NA 
Educational Leadership (MAE) - - April 1
Post-Masters Certificate in Instructional Leadership July 1 - -
Educational Leadership (EdS) - November 1 April 1
Educational Leadership (EdD)
-admits every other year
July 1, 2017  - -
*The completed application packet must be received by the Counselor Education Program from the Graduate School by the dates shown.
 

 

Admission as a Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Student

  Fall Spring Summer
Application Deadline August 14, 2015 January 4, 2016 April 29, 2016

Please verify deadlines with the Graduate School as dates are subject to change.


 
 

About the Ph.D Program

The UAB School of Education is pleased to announce a new doctoral program—the Ph.D. in Educational Studies in Diverse Populations (ESDP). This program is designed to prepare you to conduct research and lead innovation that enhances educational and life outcomes for diverse populations in P-12, post-secondary and community settings. Such diverse populations include culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, those with disabilities, those from high-poverty backgrounds, those impacted by gender bias or bias related to sexual orientation, and those who have other learning or behavioral differences.  

Students can choose from one of three concentrations: Pedagogical Studies, Health Disparities within Diverse Populations or Metropolitan Education Studies.

Pedagogical Studies Concentration

Pedagogical Studies Concentration

The Pedagogical Studies concentration examines educational policies, curriculum, and instruction that support the needs of diverse learners in P-12 and post-secondary settings.

Health Disparities within Diverse Populations Concentration

Health Disparities within Diverse Populations Concentration

The Health Disparities within Diverse Populations concentration examines cultural, psychological, behavioral, social, and environmental influences that impact health and education.

Metropolitan Education Studies Concentration

Metropolitan Education Studies Concentration

The Metropolitan Education Studies concentration examines diversity issues within large metropolitan areas, including urban, suburban, and exurban communities.

step by step 1Coursework 
The Ph.D in Educational Studies in Diverse Populations is approximately 60 - 90 credit hours.  In addition to prerequisite requirements, the program is comprised of four key parts: core courses, research courses, concentration courses and a dissertation.  After completing any prerequites and a series of core and research courses, you will select either Pedagogical Studies, Metropolitan Education Studies or Health Disparities as your concentration. Through coursework in your concentration area along with up 12 hours of interdisicplinary courses, you will gain an in-depth, research-based understanding of your specified concentration that will prepare you for your dissertation work.

  • The background experiences of ESDP doctoral students vary significantly. Consequently, the program requires certain prerequisite courses before you can proceed with doctoral level work. If you have successfully completed prerequisite coursework and some concentration coursework during a previous graduate degree, your committee may allow you to complete this Ph.D. program with a minimum of 60 hours of graduate work. Prerequisites are often taken at the bachelors, masters, or Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree levels. If a Ph.D. applicant has not taken all of the prerequisite courses, then they can be admitted into the Ph.D. program on condition that they complete the majority of their prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling in more advanced coursework.

  • 12 Credits

    The core consists of four courses: an introductory course to the program plus one course in each of the three concentrations. These courses will acquaint students with how diversity can be conceived and studied. The core is taken as a cohort, and courses are taught by full time faculty from the three concentrations. These courses are as follows:

    • EDF 755 Educational Studies in Diverse Populations: Theories of Inquiry: 3 credit hours
    • EDC 750 Critical Pedagogical Studies in Diverse Populations: 3 credits
    • EDF 765 Metropolitan Education Studies Proseminar : 3 credits
    • CHHS 742 Health Disparities in Diverse Populations: 3 credits
  • 12-19 credits

    Research Courses (to be taken with or after core courses)

    • EPR 609 Statistical Methods and Research in Education (prerequisites: EPR 594 Introduction to Educational Research Design; EPR 607 Microcomputer Applications to Statistical Analysis/608 Statistical Methods and Action Research, or equivalents): 3-10 credits
    • EPR 710 Computer Applications and Advanced Statistical Methods and/or EPR 792 Mixed Methods Approaches to Educational Research: 3 credits
    • EPR 596 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (prerequisite EPR 594: Introduction to Educational Research Design; not required if equivalent course previously taken), or another Advisor approved research course: 3 credits
    • EPR 696 Qualitative Research: Inquiry and Analysis: (prerequisites EPR 594 Introduction to Educational Research Design, EPR 596 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Educational Research): 3 credits
  • 12-36 Credits

    Once the prerequisite coursework has been satisfied, you will follow an interdisciplinary program of study in one of the three concentrations:

    • Pedagogical Studies
    • Metropolitan Education Studies
    • Health Disparities

    Individual student-appropriate coursework will be selected in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Reading, Health Education, Kinesiology, Special Education, English as a Second Language, Educational Foundations, Counselor Education, and Educational Psychology and Research.

    Upon receiving approval from their Advisors in a given concentration, you may take up to 12 credits in interdisciplinary courses in related fields, e.g., sociology, anthropology, history, English, philosophy, cultural studies, women’s studies, American studies, African American studies, etc. Examples are provided in the appendix section called Sample Courses.

  • 24 Credits

    Approval of the dissertation proposal and admission to candidacy must be recommended by your Advisor and approved by the Program Director, and the Graduate School Dean.

    • Dissertation Seminar: 3 credit hours
    • Dissertation Research – (Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.) 12 credit hours. Note: one semester with at least 6 credit hours is required
    • 9 credits of directed dissertation research or additional research courses specific to intended dissertation
  •  

    Semester

    Part-Time: 2 courses per term

    Full-Time: 3 or 4 courses per term

    1st Year

    Fall

    EDF 755
    EDC 750

    EDF 755 and EDC 750
    1st Research course
    [and perhaps also 2nd Research course]

    Spring

    EDF 765
    CHHS 742

    EDF 765 and CHHS 742
    3rd and/or 4th Research courses

    Summer

    Admission to Concentration
    1st and 2nd Research Course

    Admission to Concentration
    3rd and/or 4th Research course
    OR 2 courses in Concentration

    2nd Year

    Fall

    3rd and 4th Research Course

    3 to 4 courses in Concentration

    Spring

    2 courses in Concentration

    3 to 4 courses in Concentration

    Summer

    2 courses in Concentration

    3 courses in Concentration
    AND
    the Comprehensive Exam

     

    3rd Year

    Fall

    Two courses in Concentration

    Advance to Candidacy
    Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)
    Dissertation Research (6 credits)

    Spring

    Two courses in Concentration

    Dissertation Research (at least 6 credits with 9 credits of qualifying research courses) and Dissertation Defense

    Summer

    2 courses in Concentration AND Comprehensive Exam

     

    4th Year

    Fall

    Advance to Candidacy
    Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)

     

    Spring

    Dissertation Research (6 credits)

     

    5th Year

    Fall

    Dissertation Research (3 credits with at least 9 credits of qualifying research courses previously taken)

     

    Spring

    Dissertation Research (3 credits)
    Dissertation Defense

     

cohortCohort Model
You will take your initial core courses, and perhaps some of the requires research courses, together as a cohort group. Upon admission to your concentration, you will work through the courses on an individualized course plan.

comprehensive examComprehensive Exam
Students in all concentrations must pass a comprehensive examination during their final semester of taking concentration or research courses. 

job icon 2Career Opportunities
This doctoral program is especially suited to preparing graduates with the research acumen needed to move easily into higher educational/postsecondary settings, P-12  administration at all levels (local, state, and national),  leadership roles within school based settings, and non-academic positions within nonprofit organizations, specifically those with a research component.


 


Admissions Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission to the ESDP program is two-fold: Admission to the Ph.D program and admission to the concentration.

  • Prior to begining coursework- You must have unconditional admission to the UAB Graduate School and to the ESDP program.
  • After completing core courses(and perhaps some of the research courses) - The core faculty along with the concentration faculty will discuss each student's performance and viability and will make determinations about concentration admission.

 

Applications for the inaugural cohort will be accepted beginning January 2016. The program will start the Fall semester of 2016.
Application Deadline: May 1st

 

  • Applying for admission to the ESDP program begins with completing an online application through the UAB Graduate School.

    • Complete and submit online degree-seeking application for admission to the Graduate School
    • Submit professional resume/CV and statement of research interests and professional goals
    • Pay application fee online with credit card or debit card (mailing a check will severely delay the application process)
      • Domestic: fee for Ph.D. is waived
      • International: please check graduate school website for current fee
    • Ask the individuals from whom you request references to respond online to the form that they will receive via email from the Graduate School (NOTE: This form is sent automatically to your references by UAB as soon as you click submit on your degree-seeking application).
    • Request transcripts from all prior institutions to be sent to UAB including institutions where you might have taken only one course (information on how to do this is provided in Apply Yourself). The preferred email addresses for electronic submission of transcripts are as follows: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have international transcripts, you should send a copy and then bring the original transcript with you.
    • Submit official GRE or MAT test score.
    • Submit official TOEFL or IELTS test score (for international applicants only) NOTE: International applicants must also meet all requirements stipulated at https://www.uab.edu/students/international . This includes a mailing your Financial Affidavit of Support
  • The following indicators are considered by the Doctoral Program Admissions Committee when determinining program admission:

    • Graduate degree (minimum of a master's) in a related field
    • Professional experience - preferred at least 3 years (applicants for the Pedagogical Studies concentration must have appropriate teaching experience)
    • Professional resume/CV
    • Writing assessment - statement of research interests and professional goals essay
    • MAT or GRE scores (score at 50th percentile or higher)
    • GPA (minimum of 3.25 on previous graduate work)
    • Recommendations/letters of reference
    • Presentations at state, regional and national conferences
    • Publications
    • Professional involvement
    • Interview with faculty


Have questions?  Contact us.

Dr. Andrew McKnight
Initial Advisor
Associate Professor, Educational Foundations
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
205-934-6232

 

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