COEHD DOCTORAL DEGREES
Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
Doctor of Philosophy in Culture, Literacy and Language
PURPOSE OF PROGRAM
This program is unique in that it brings together anthropologists, educators, linguists, psychologists and sociologists from UTSA’s Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and other departments in the College of Education and Human Development. No other institution currently offers such an academically and administratively cohesive doctoral program that combines Latino education, a variety of cultural and linguistics issues, and international issues.
As a graduate, you will learn theoretical, conceptual and research methodology used to study culture, literacy and language. You will also be prepared to conduct interdisciplinary research in multicultural-multilingual contexts.
This doctoral degree requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree. The core curriculum consists of 24 semester credit hours of required courses. In addition, you will complete a minimum of 12 hours in research methods, nine hours of electives and 15 hours in doctoral research. An advisor will work with you to construct a program of study that is approved by your dissertation advisor, the dissertation committee and the Doctoral Studies Committee. Final approval of the program rests with the Dean of Graduate Studies. You must fulfill university-wide requirements, including residency.
Graduates of this program have a wide range of career opportunities within institutions of higher learning, K-12 central office administration/ leadership, K-12 research organizations, community college teaching and community development.
A master’s degree is required in an area such as: anthropology, applied linguistics, bicultural-bilingual studies, foreign language education, history, international business, linguistics, psychology, sociology or teaching English as a Second Language. Master’s degrees in other fields may be accepted, subject to the approval of the Doctoral Program Committee.
A portfolio consisting of the following items will be evaluated by the Doctoral Program Committee:
• A GPA of 3.5 or better in an approved master’s degree program
• Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score (analytical plus verbal)
• For students whose master degree is from a non-English speaking university, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score
• Advanced proficiency in a language other than English
• Three letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and the potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree
• A sample of academic writing, such as a paper written for a course, a master’s thesis or a scholarly publication
• Statement of purpose: A description of research interests, reasons for seeking doctoral study and connections between the candidate’s interests/professional goals and the program in Culture, Literacy and Language
• A resume or curriculum vitae
Department of Counseling
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
PURPOSE OF PROGRAM
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision offers you advanced study and professional development in the field of counseling and counselor education. The doctoral program prepares professionals for future careers in research, academic and clinical settings.
In this program, you will acquire both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed to work in counselor education programs and to supervise the next generation of counselor educators as they practice their own skills. You will also formulate your own philosophy and approach to the counseling education field. Multicultural competencies in applied clinical settings are emphasized throughout the program.
Individuals who hold a doctoral degree are usually eligible for leadership and research-intensive positions within city, state and federal agencies. In addition to being eligible for the same career opportunities as master’s candidates, graduates may obtain positions such as: director of disability services, human resources director/ supervisor, senior social worker and tenured professor.
• A master’s degree in counseling or in a related mental health field requiring a minimum of 48 semester credit hours equivalent to the master’s degree requirements of the UTSA Counseling program and/or Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
• A minimum GPA of 3.0 in master’s level courses in counseling or in a related mental health field.
• A portfolio consisting of:
- A 48-hour master’s degree transcript
- For applicants whose native language is not English, a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Three letters of recommendation attesting to academic and personal attributes for success in the program and the potential for contributing to the field of study
- A written personal statement/essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores no more than five years old
- Documented experience in a work environment where counseling was the primary professional emphasis
- A professional resume listing prior experiences in the field of Counseling.
Annual deadline to apply is February 1.
Counselor Education and Supervision, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
PURPOSE OF PROGRAM
In this doctoral program, you will receive advanced academic training in educational and administrative leadership. An additional emphasis in administrative leadership targets your managerial skills for improving educational effectiveness.
Upon graduation, you will have an advanced understanding of prevailing theories of education and learning, along with extensive theoretical background and experiences in emerging paradigms of organizational leadership. You will hone your high-level research skills for developing and evaluating educational programs, and develop the skill sets and understanding needed to work with English language learners in a variety of educational settings.
Graduates have a number of diverse career options such as: assistant principal, principal, assistant and deputy superintendent, superintendent, curriculum coordinator, university professor, and higher education administration positions in universities and community colleges.
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• A GPA of at least 3.5 from a master’s program and a master’s degree from an accredited institution are required.
• A Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
• Demonstrated leadership experience in an educational environment
• Three letters of recommendation from professionals
• A statement of purpose outlining:
1) Your reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree;
2) A biographical sketch of your experiences in the field of education;
3) Career plans;
4) Scholarly interests; and
5) Your views on current and future educational reform efforts, along with your role(s) in these efforts.
Only applications that are certified as complete by the Graduate School will be reviewed. For additional requirements to complete your application, visit the graduate school website at http://www.utsa.edu/graduate.
Educational Leadership, Ed.D.
Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
PURPOSE OF PROGRAM
This program prepares you to serve as a leading professional in the field of educational instruction development and presentation. This training helps you examine and research the interdisciplinary issues and perspectives of learning, teaching and curricular development associated with educating culturally and economically diverse populations.
You are encouraged to weave together a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives in order to generate new insights related to learning and teaching. You will complete research methodology coursework and a set of core courses. You will also choose a cognate area that serves as your starting point for formulating research questions related to your area of interest.
The cognate areas include:
• Curriculum and Instruction
• Instructional Technology
• Special Education
• Early Childhood and Elementary Education
This doctoral degree prepares you to become an instructional leader, researcher or decision-maker who is knowledgeable about cultural, economic and world issues. Potential employers include government and state agencies, educational think tanks, colleges and universities.
• A 36-hour master’s degree in education or an education-related field with a GPA of 3.5 or higher
• For applicants whose native language is not English, a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
• Three letters of recommendation attesting to academic and personal attributes for success in the program and the potential for contributing to the field of study related to the degree
• A sample of academic writing in the form of an essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
• Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores no more than five years old
• A professional resume demonstrating experience in a work environment where education was the primary professional emphasis
• Annual deadline to apply is February 1.
Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, Ph.D.