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Below is a selection of dissertations from the Attallah College of Educational Studies. Additional dissertations from years prior to 2019 are available through the Leatherby Libraries' print collection or in Proquest's Dissertations and Theses database.

Dissertations from 2023 2023

All Things Weird and Wonderful: A Creative Exploration of Disability Representation , Lara Ameen

Generalizability of the Scale of Teachers’ Attitudes Towards Inclusive Classrooms (STATIC) to School Psychologists , Abraham Aryadad

Understanding the Relationship Between Organic Chemistry Misconceptions and Students’ Chemistry Self-efficacy in Higher Education Organic Chemistry Courses , Lauren A. Dudley

Women’s Pornography Use and Sexuality Education in U.S. Public Schools , Julie Fraumeni-McBride

Educator Professional Development in Universal Design for Learning and Social-Emotional Learning: A Collective Case Study , Sara Morgan

Equipped for Change: A Grounded Theory Study of White Antiracist School Leaders’ Attitudes and Perceptions of Racial Consciousness in Educational Leadership , Thomas Joseph Peterson

A Discourse Analysis of Parents' and Teachers' Social Constructions of School Readiness and Transition to Kindergarten for Children With Disabilities , Ronica Senores Toyota

How Market-Driven Policies Impact a Private Vocational College Department in China , Huiru Zhu

Dissertations from 2022 2022

Disabled IDF Veterans in Israeli Higher Education: Disability Identity and Use of Support , Einat Ben Dov

A Critical Discourse Analysis of Teacher Preparation Standards within Inclusion-Intensive States , Kay Lynn Ceja

Beta Drift: Forecasting the Manifold Relationships between Students and their Pursuit of STEM Careers , Douglas D. Havard

Radical Belonging: School as Communion of Peoples, Place, and Power , Joey Yung-Jun Liu

“I Just Learn Differently”: The Experiences of Dis/abled Students of Color Interpreting and Resisting Normalizing Forces in the Mathematics Classroom , Dina Mahmood

The Efficacy of a Key Word Signing Workshop , Krista McMorran-Maus

The Relationship Among Social and Psychological Inclusion, Marginalized Group Membership, and Student Outcomes , Katheryn Munguia

Higher Education Housing Professionals and Disability: A Grounded Theory Exploration of Resident Directors’ Understandings of Disability , Christopher Toutain

Dissertations from 2021 2021

Understanding First-Generation Latinx Students' Experiences in a Predominantly White Private Institution: A Grounded Theory Study , Jacqueline Aparicio

Constructing Critical Change: Learning from Elementary Teachers' Engagement with Inclusive Critical Education , Courtney Beatty

Fighting An Uphill Battle: Black Undergraduate Women Navigating Higher Education While Acknowledging and Challenging Media Portrayals of Black Women , Kandace Branch

Community College Success of Students with Disabilities , Shayne Brophy-Felbab

Searching for Balance: The Reading Choices, Experiences, and Habits of Women in Higher Education Leadership Roles , Laura Burns

Leading Climate Action Planning: A Case Study of Local Community Practices , Mackenzie Crigger

Bidimensional Assessment of Youth Mental Health: Evaluation of the California Healthy Kids Survey as a Measure of Youth Subjective Well-Being , Michael Doria

Exploring the Relationship Between Religion and Resilience Among Latina Academics in Higher Education , Rocio Garcia

Special Education Parent Perceptions of Involvement and Parent–Educator Relationships During IEP Meetings at Nonpublic Schools , Alex Huynen

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Community College Composition Class: A Multimodal Approach to Teaching Composition Using the Metalanguage of SFL , Jennifer James

School Psychologists as Leaders in Professional Practice: An Examination of Leadership Roles and Perceived Support , Jodi LaChance

An Examination of Chinese Private College Students’ Intercultural Competence , Li Li

Relationships Among Mentoring Support and Student Success in a Chinese First-Year Experience Program , Tianxiang Liu

Contributing to Engineering Colleges Students' Development Through Out-of-Class Involvement: A Survey of Chinese Private Colleges' Engineering Students , Wanlu Li

Understanding the Lived Experiences of Autistic Adults , Sneha Kohli Mathur

Using a Dual-Factor Model to Understand the Mental Health of Students with School Refusal Behavior , Zachary D. Maupin

The Effects of Internationalization Activities on Undergraduates' Global Competence: An Exploratory Study at A Chinese Private University , Haiying Meng

Resilience and Mental Health of Students Attending California's Continuation High Schools , Brianna Meshke McLay

'Training' the Body Politic: Essays on the School Reform Orthodoxy , Jahan Naghshineh

Mitigating Risks for Youth in At-Risk Living Conditions Through School-Based Protective Factors , Cora Palma

Seeing the Tress For the Forest: An Analysis of Novice and Experienced Teachers' Self-Efficacy and Stress , Allison Serceki

An Examination of Chinese Undergraduates’ Contemplativity and Academic Stress , Ran Tao

Teachers’ Experiences of a District’s Transformational Leadership Design Program: A Qualitative Study , Jarit Unrau

California Elected City Council Women of Color: Building a Collaborative Vision With Inclusive Voice , Beatriz T. Valencia

Equality of Educational Opportunity in China: Factors from Family, School, and Shadow Education , Qin Xiang

An Examination of Chinese Adolescents’ Resilience and Their Perceptions of Parental and Peer Attachment , Jingwen Xing

Do Academic Characteristics Predict Chinese Private University Students’ Success in English Language Testing? , Feijun Yu

Empathy Among Nursing Undergraduates at a Chinese Private University , Yuanyuan Zhang

A Study of Critical Thinking Dispositions of Undergraduates in Foreign Language Discipline at One Private College in Mainland China , Yuanyuan Zheng

Dissertations from 2020 2020

Hidden Power: Journalistic Representations of Mental Health Labels , Elise Anguizola Assaf

Finding Voice from the Inside: How Postsecondary Education Impacted Perceptions of Higher Education for Long-Term Incarcerated Juveniles , Gregory Barraza

Experienced Pediatric Oncology Nurses Using Self-Reflective Practices in the Clinical Setting: A Descriptive Phenomenological Investigation , Daniel Josue Bonilla

The Labyrinth of Autism: Heuristic Journeys of Fathers Who Have a Child on the Autism Spectrum , Lisa Boskovich

Developing Trust in a Cross-Functional Workgroup: Assessing the Effectiveness of a Communication Intervention , Scott De Long

A Place of Yes? Experiences of Educators Participating in Site-based Teacher-led Reform , Elizabeth Hind

Vietnamese Resilience Assessment: Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis for Scale Validation , Loan Le

School Psychologists and School Counselors’ Perceptions of Preparation Received for the Provision of School-Based Mental Health Services , Sherika McKenzie

The Perceived Effectiveness of School-Based Accommodations for Students with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus , MaryAnn Seng

Secondary Traumatic Stress in Teachers and School Communities Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic , Anne Steketee

Performative Possibilities in the Development of Protagonistic Agency Among Graduate Students in China , Yan Wang

Dissertations from 2019 2019

Laughing Back: A Phenomenological Study of Disability Humor Using Culturally Responsive Methodologies , Kinda Abujbarah

Women’s Right and Education in Saudi Arabia: Raising Critical Consciousness in Arabic Studies Courses in Female High Schools in Saudi Arabia , Eman Almutairi

Exploring Gender Roles and Gender Equality within the Evangelical Church , Christopher Bishop

Minding the Gap: A Grounded Theory Exploration of Transition from Secondary School to Community College for Students Identified with Autism , Douglas Highlen

#BLACKQUEERLIVESMATTER: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Black Gay Male Leaders in Los Angeles , Christopher Jackson

The Power of Partnership: Understanding the Dynamic of Co-Teaching Pairs , Amanda M. Lozolla

The Intersection of Speech-Language Pathologists’ Beliefs, Perceptions, and Practices and the Language Acquisition and Development of Emerging Aided Communicators , Margaret Vento-Wilson

On the Move: Storying the Authentic Leadership Development of Millennial Gay Men , Kyle Williams

The Media, Education, and the State: Arts-Based Research and a Marxist Analysis of the Syrian Refugee Crisis , Meng Zhao

Dissertations from 2018 2018

Collegiate Women in Saudi Arabia: Leading Collectively for the Development of Self, Others, and Society , Miznah Alomair

Counter-stories of First-Generation Latinx Alumnae: A Critical Race Theory Analysis , Pamela Ezell

Practitioner Research in Schools: Revealing the Efficacy Agency Cycle , Edward Resnick

An Analysis of Mentoring and Job Satisfaction in Public and Private College and University Academic Libraries in California , Kevin M. Ross

Dissertations from 2017 2017

Queer Teachers in Catholic Schools: Cosmic Perceptions of an Easter People , Kevin Stockbridge

Dissertations from 2016 2016

Young, Urban, Professional, and Kenyan?: Conversations Surrounding Tribal Identity and Nationhood , Charlotte Achieng-Evensen

Inside/Outside/In-between: Understanding how Jewish Identity Impacts the Lives and Narratives of Ashkenazi Female Public School Educators , Mindi Ellen Benditson

The Repatriation Experiences of American Third Culture Kids , Nicole Mazzo Bennett

Academic Factors that Predict Community College Students’ Acceptance of Evolution , Meredith Anne Dorner

Operation Transition: Post-9/11 Combat Marines Transitioning to Civilian Life and the Role of Higher Education in their Identity Formation , Jamie M. Fenton

Towards a New Understanding: Complex Familial Constructs of Autism , Joanne Kim

The Development of the Scale of Contemplative Practice in Higher Education , Maryann Krikorian

Bridgers in the Third Space: An In-Country Investigation of the Leadership Practices of US-Educated Chinese Nationals , Maria L. Martinez

The Experiences of Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities: A Holistic View , Ashley Mc Adams

¿Dónde Pertenecemos? Narrative Analysis of Afro-Boricua Women’s Experiences of Belonging Within and Beyond College , Marie Nubia-Feliciano

Nontraditional Student Risk Factors and Gender as Predictors for Enrollment in College Distance Education , Tammy Crews Pao

The Glass Ceiling is Not Broken: Gender Equity Issues among Faculty in Higher Education , Jillian Wood

Dissertations from 2015 2015

A Narrative and Poetic Exploration into Self-Defining Asperger’s: Ceasing to be X-1 , Lisa Boskovich

School Psychologists’ Training and Knowledge of Tourette Syndrome , Leticia Cornejo

The Influences of Mathematics Self-Efficacy, Identity, Interest, and Parental Involvement on STEM Achievement in Algebra for Female High School Students , Nicol R. Howard

Dissertations from 2014 2014

Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Exploring the Lived Experiences of College Students Who Do Not Request Accommodations , Denise P. Reid

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Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

Centering the Teacher: How an Autonomy-Supportive Environment Impacts Arts Educators’ Sense of Agency and the Collaborative Culture of Their Education Networks , Kyle Andrew Anderson

Impacts of Technology-Enhanced Dual Enrollment Mathematics Course on Rural High School Students’ Intentions of Going to College , Nicolae Bordieanu

Creating a Culturally Inclusive American Literature Classroom , Holly R. Bradshaw

The Effects of Gamified Peer Feedback on Student Writing in High School English Language Arts , Kerise Amaris Broome

Evaluating the Impact of Personalized Professional Learning on Technology Integration in the Classroom , Angela Bishop Burgess

An Exploration of Perinatal Stress and Associated Mental Health of Transitioning First-Time Fathers , Timothy Reed Burkhalter

Online Professional Development’s Effect on Teachers’ Technology Self-Efficacy and Continuance Intention to Use Pear Deck , Katherine Shirley Degar

Multisensory Phonics Instruction in Struggling Readers , Amanda M. Dixon

Student Engagement Action Research a Focus on Culturally Relevant Instructional Methods , Amia Dixon

A Holistic View of Integrated Care Within Counselor Education: A Multi-Manuscript Dissertation , Alexander McClain Fields

Increasing Phonemic Awareness in Intellectually Impaired Students by Using Wilson’s Fundations Phonics Program in a Self-Contained Classroom , Theresa Lynne Garcia

A Causal Comparative Study of the Effects of Physical Activity Course Enrollment on College Students’ Perceived Wellness, Mental Health, and Basic Psychological Needs , Genee’ Regina Glascoe

Stories From North Carolina Teachers of Color: An Inquiry of Racialized Experiences in the Workplace. , Deborah Stephanie Harrison

Electronic Portfolios in a High School Community of Practice: Action Research Exploring Writing Experiences in an Advanced Placement Writing Course , Archibald Franklin Harrison IV

The Effects of Problem-Based Learning on Mathematics Motivation in a Flipped Classroom Instructional Environment , Joshua David Harrison

Stories from North Carolina Teachers of Color: An Inquiry of Racialized Experiences in the Workplace. , Deborah Stephanie Harrisson

Effects of Choice Reading on Intrinsic Motivation in Underperforming Sixth-Grade Students , Heather M. Henderson

Academic Success and Student Development in the Health Professions: An Action Research Study , Molly Ellen Higbie

Deficit Thinking in Teacher Course Level Recommendations , Andrew Hogan

The Impact of Cognitive Coaching on High School English Teachers’ Implementation of Metacognitve Reading Strategies , Charrai Hunter

Digital Literacy Integrated Into Academic Content Through the Collaboration of a Librarian and a Core Content Teacher , Jeri Leann Jeffcoat

The Effects of Hip-Hop and Rap Music Intervention to Improve the Wellbeing of Black and African American Men , Lanita Michelle Jefferson

Examining the Relationship Between Multicultural Training and Cultural Humility Development in CACREP-Accredited Counselor Education Programs , Sabrina Monique Johnson

Using Yoga, Meditation, and Art Therapy to Combat Complex Trauma and Promote Social–Emotional Learning in the Art Room , Karen Emory Kelly

A Critical Examination Of An in Class Tabata Based Physical Fitness Protocol on Student Engagement Levels in a Sixth Grade Math Class , Justin R. Kulik

Mathematics Teachers’ Attitudes and Intentions Towards Instructional Videos as Part of a Flipped Learning Model , Jessica Lee Lambert

Preparing In-Service Elementary Teachers to Support English Language Learners: A Qualitative Case Study of a Job-Embedded Professional Development Using TPACK , Rachel Theresa Lopez

Impact of Virtual Models on Students’ Multilevel Understanding of an Organic Reaction , Eli Martin

Supporting LGBTQ+ ELA Students Through Action Research , Nicole Mustaccio

Teacher Observations as Professional Development Opportunities , Ashton Carrie Padgett

Reading Motivation and Retrieval Practice of United States Undergraduates Aged 18 to 23 , Robyn M. Pernetti

Implementing Meaningful Problem-Based Learning in a Middle School Science Classroom , Celestine Banks Pough

Coaching to Success: Moving From a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset Through Positive Motivation , Shannon Dianna Ramirez

The Impact of the Flipped Classroom Model on Elementary Students’ Achievement and Motivation for Learning Geometry , Kimberly M. Smalls

If Not Me, Then Who? A Study of Racial and Cultural Competence in a High School English Department , DiAnna Sox

“So, the World Isn’t Just Old White Guys?”: Student and Teacher Experiences in a Culturally Relevant Advanced Placement Chemistry Class , James Thomas Sox

Implementation of Digital Flashcards to Increase Content-Specific Vocabulary Knowledge and Perceptions of Motivation and Self-Efficacy in an Eleventh-Grade U.S. History Course: An Action Research Study , Jill Lee Steinmeyer

Family Therapy, K-12 Public Education, and Discipline Risk: A Scoping Review and Relationship Analysis Multiple Manuscript Dissertation , Cara Melinda Thompson

The Impact of Extended Professional Development in Project-Based Learning on Middle School Science Teachers , Margrett Caroline Upchurch-Ford

A Qualitative Study on Mental Health Resource Utilization of Enlisted Airmen During the COVID-19 Pandemic , Hassahn Khali Wade

Navigating Age of Majority-Related Issues in Special Education: The Current Needs and a Potential Means for Aligning Professional Values With Policy and Practice , Charles Blayne Walters

The Impact of Opendyslexic Font on the Reading Comprehension of Tier II and Tier III Reading Intervention Students , William David Whitmire

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Implementing a Technology-Based Instructional Module in An Introduction to Engineering Course: The Impact on Student’s Vocabulary Retention and Attitudes Towards Learning , Robin T. Amick

Effectively Integrating Technology to Engage Students and Meet Learning Objectives in Language Arts Classrooms , Jessica L. Austin

The Use of Social Justice Socioscientific Issues in Secondary Biology Classes: An Action Research , Stephanie Marilyn Bailey

The Effect of Explicit Vocabulary Instruction on Elementary Students’ Vocabulary Knowledge and Reading Comprehension: An Action Research Study , Tonia Bauer

A Holistic Approach to Culturally Relevant Education In Biology to Examine Student Engagement , Robyn Brooke Biery

A Descriptive Mixed-Methods Study Examining Teachers’ Needs and Preferences for Technology Integration Professional Development , Amber Birden

The Effects of the Online Remediation of Phonological Processing Deficits on Functional Reading Abilities in Students With Dyslexia , Fletcher Bowden

“Why Do I Have to Learn This Anyway?”: A Qualitative Investigative Action Research Study Into the Tension Between the Rural, Working-Class Masculine Student and the Formal Educative Structure , Joshua Matthew Bowers

White Blindness: An Investigation Into Teacher Whiteness and Racial Ignorance , Mary Katharine Brasche

Using Multimedia Vocabulary Games to Improve Newcomer ESOL Students Motivation and Vocabulary Acquisition , Elizabeth E. Brittingham

Incremental, Spaced Repetition and StudyMate Flashcards: The Impact on College Student Memorization of Measurement Conversion Standards , Patricia A. Bromer

At-Risk Students’ Perception of the Effectiveness of Alternative Schools , Tara D. Cunningham Cantey

Qualitative Action Research Into the Planning Between the Classroom Teacher and Reading Interventionist , Russell Derrial Clark

An Evaluation of the Impact of Academic Policies and Athletic Procedures for Student Athletes , Seanta Cleveland

Supervisory Allyship for University Custodial Staff , Daniel Colascione

Where Are the Girls? Exploring Influences on Female Eighth Grade Public School Students’ Choices of Technology Classes in Texas: A Mixed Method Action Research Study , Shasta Colon

Exploring the Impact of Social Emotional Learning to Support Motivation and Self-Efficacy in Text-Dependent Analysis Writing , Elizabeth N. Crocker

Impacts in the Classroom When Students Take Ownership Of Cellphone Usage Policies: An Investigation Using a Project-Based Learning Design , Melynda Elaine Diehl

Connecting Writing to Life: The Effects of Place-Conscious Education on Writing in a First Grade Classroom , Tara P. Dietrich

Examining the Influence of Argument Driven Inquiry Instructional Approach on Female Students of Color in Sixth Grade Science: Its Impact on Classroom Experience, Interest, And Self-Efficacy in Science, Written Argumentation Skills, and Scientific Voice , Paul Duggan

Identifying and Understanding Factors Which Affect Persistence In Academically At-Risk Minority Prelicensure Nursing Students: An Action Research Study , Christina L.K. Eaton

Collaborative Problem-Solving and Its Impact on Inclusive Practices, Confidence, and Beliefs of General Education Teachers in Colombia , Shannon Renee Elmore

Fostering the Development of Instructor Cultural Competence: A Mixed Methods Action Research Study , Jennifer Lilly Engle

The Power of Story in Developing a Cycle of Efficacy for Teachers and Students , Melissa Renee Ewing

“Even the Little Things Matter:” a Phenomenological Study On Factors Impacting Student Motivation During and After COVID-Related Disruptions in Education , Jennifer Ferris-Crisafulli

Supporting Black Children Within a Eurocratic Educational System: Making Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Foundational to the Role of the Literacy Coach , Jennipher C.K. Frazier

Cocreating a Strength-Based Behavioral Intervention Plan With Twice-Exceptional Students: A Youth Participatory Action Research Approach , Kristy L. Garrett

Facilitating Role Understanding and Collaboration Between Aspiring School Counselors and Principals: A Pilot Convergent Mixed Methods Design , Shelby Kaitlin Gonzales

Improving Undergraduate Psychology Students’ Academic Advising Experiences , Kelsey Grant

Exploring Mindfulness as a Social and Emotional Learning [SEL] Intervention: An Action Research Case Study , Matthew T. Griffith

No One Is Ever Going to Acknowledge the Language That You Speak”: A Discourse Historical Approach to the Construction of English Learners’ Identity in Federal Policy , Nicoleta Hodis

The Impact of Content-Specific Virtual Mentoring on Job Satisfaction and Attrition: A Mixed Methods Study of Delaware Arts Teachers , Rachel M. Hoke

Teachers’ Value Beliefs and Perceived Barriers of One-To-One Devices: A Descriptive Study of Technology Integration at a Middle School for Students With Dyslexia , Deborah Anne Irwin

Africanizing the Curriculum: African Diaspora Literacy Instruction In Elementary Classrooms , Jarvais Javon Jackson

Exploring Technology Integration at a Public Middle School: A Descriptive Research Study on Integration Perceptions, Factors, and Barriers , Charlene Jeffreys

The Effects of Project-Based Game Development on Student Learning and Attitudes: Action Research in an 8 th Grade Introductory Computer Science Course , Theodore G. Jenks

Peer Observation and Feedback as a Professional Development Structure , Malisa Dawn Johnson

Evaluating the Impact of Reciprocal Teaching Embedded Within a Web 2.0 Tool Upon Fifth-Grade Students’ Reading Comprehension During Integrated Readers’ Workshop at a Professional Development School , Aisja Jones

Turning Passion Into Action: The Intersection of Transformational Coaching and a Counter-Narrative of Black Citizenship , Erica D. Kelley

A Multiple-Case Study: Motivating Students With Disabilities in Personalized Literacy Instruction , Courtney Kozelski

The Effects of Game-Based Learning on the Motivation and Engagement of Career Technical Education Students in the High School Chemistry Classroom , Samuel Lackey

Investigating Bifactor Models and Fit Indices for Unidimensionality: An Illustration With Method Effects Due to Item Wording , Elizabeth A. Leighton

Increasing the Engagement of Middle School Males Enrolled in a Foreign Language Class , Georgette Paula Leslie

Effectiveness of an EcoWellness Intervention for College Aged Individuals With a Developmental Disability , Olivia Jean Lewis

Providing Voice and Choice in the Classroom: The Effect of Choice Boards on Student Motivation and Attitudes , Deborah B. Malinoski

Disengagement of Male Students in Remediated ELA Classes , Joanne Berardi Martin

Mixed Methods Action Research: How Integrating Student Response Technology and Case Studies in a Largely Populated University Course Influences Student Engagement, Feedback, and Learning , Scott L. Matteson

A Hawaiian Heroine’s Journey: The Early Life and Career of Dancer Jean Erdman Campbell , Diane B. McGhee

Mindset, Stereotype Threat, and the Fear of Failure: Why Female Students Leave a Secondary High Honors Mathematics Pathway , Annabelle Merg

Boys, Reading, and Video Games: A Mixed-Methods Case Study Examining the Effects of Using a Recreational Video Game to Improve Reading Comprehension Performance at an Elementary School in Texas , Donald Wayne Meyer Jr.

Action Research Assessing the Perceptions of Arabic Military Flight Students Using a Gamified Learning Intervention During Flight School Training , Matthew R. Middleton

Social Foundations of Education and the Teacher Development Continuum: A Case Study of a University-Based Induction Program , Bryanna L. Montpeirous

A Mixed-Method Study of the Effects of a Self-Guided Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Audio Intervention on Teacher Stress in a Secondary School , Dylan Muzny

Why Ask Questions? How Phenomena-Based Inquiry Affects Student Engagement in a Middle School Science Classroom , Laura Nix

Using Video Analysis as a Professional Development Tool in Order to Discern How to Better Foster the Engagement Level of High School English Learners in a Content Area Class , Jennifer Lynne Ochwo

Reaching the Standard: An Action Research Study On Standards-Based Grading Practices and English Learners , Dylan D’Anthony L. Orot

The Underrepresentation of Black Males in Advanced Courses , Jacquelyn Ortner

Motivation and Interest in Participation in STEM Beyond the Classroom Experiences: Effects of Blended Learning Systems on High School Students , Michael Owdij

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Submissions from 2023 2023.

Motivating Underrepresented Students to Achieve and Pursue Postsecondary Education: A Case Study , Lynnette Nicole Adams

Exploring Academic Librarians' Lack of Experiential Learning in Teaching College Freshmen Information Literacy Skills: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study , Pearl Gloria Adzei-Stonnes

An Examination of Secondary Marching Band Directors’ Self-Efficacy and Music Curriculum: A Phenomenological Study , Jonathon Allen

A Case Study Exploring Teachers' Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Professional Development on Their Implementation of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Self-Efficacy, and Student Outcomes , Cala M. Allison

Football Connections Impact on High School Graduation: A Qualitative Study , Devin Rakin Allison Sr

Influence of Gifted Instructional Strategies on Gifted Children’s Perceptual Reasoning: A Quasi-Experimental, Nonequivalent Group Comparison Study , Dafne Ashley Almazán

Early Childhood Teachers' Experiences in Collaboration Practices Related to Developing Professionally: A Qualitative Case Study , Linda Alston-Morgan

A Predictive Correlational Study on the Effect of Prayer on Burnout in Secondary Private School Teachers Who Identify as Christians , Malinda Fennell Apanay

A Phenomenological Study of Early Childhood Teachers’ Lived Experiences and Perceptions of Their Training in Recognizing Dysgraphia in Young Children , Melonie Daun Boyd Ardoin

The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on the Achievement of Chronically Absent Grade 5 Students , Sakeena Alexandra Ash-Cary

Online Doctoral Candidate Preparedness for Practical Matters Associated with Their Dissertation Research: A Phenomenology , Grace Michele Baker

A Phenomenological Study: Exploring African American Community College Students' First-Year Experiences with College Adjustment and Persistence , Tiffany Nicole Baker

An Exploration into the Experiences of Women Student Veterans and their Campus Support Utilization: A Phenomenological Study , Alyssa C. Baldwin

A Phenomenological Study Examining Teacher Experiences with Outdoor Recess Time for K-2 Students , Crystal Josephine Banks

Elementary Science Teachers Perceived Self-Efficacy: A Correlational Study between Teachers with Content and Non-Content Major Degrees in New Jersey , Tiffany R. Baskerville

A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experiences of Former Foster Students Learning Through Online Educational Environments , Tiffany Sue Beckwith

The Impact of Extracurricular Activities on the African American First-Generation College Students at a Community College in the South: A Case Study , Barbara A. Beeks

The Effects of Grade-Level Configuration on Students' Academic, Social and Emotional Health: A Case Study , Gerry Benaquista

A Phenomenological Study on the Lived Experience of Diverse Learners in the Middle School Classrooms Who Failed the Final Exam in Reading and Comprehension at the End of the School Year , Carlyn Latoya Benjamin-Raymore

Examining the Influence of Induction Practices on Novice Teachers’ Perceptions of Efficacy and Student Learning Outcomes , Thomas Ryan Betsa

Educators’ Experiences of Job Embeddedness in Parochial Schools: A Phenomenological Study , Timothy Martin Biesterfeld

The Relationship of Levels of Hearing and Course Format with Course Satisfaction: A Predictive Correlational Study , Diana Blakeney-Billings

From Lau to Now: A Phenomenological Study of the Experiences of Secondary Educators with Monolingual Driven Language Laws , Brooke Elizabeth Boutwell

Understanding The Lived Experiences of Elementary Teachers Who Teach Students With Dyslexia How to Read: A Transcendental Phenomenology , Erin Lynn Bower

A Phenomenological Study Examining the Collaborative Community Experiences of Veteran Special Educators , Jennifer Boyd

A Phenomenological Study of the Shared Responsibility Experiences of Secondary Co-Teachers , Stuart Brady

Teaching Students with Autism in an Inclusive Environment: A Case Study , Corey Antione Brooks

The Lived Experiences of First-Generation Black Male Graduates Who Participated in a Black Male Initiative Program , Rah'Shad Ra'Hyim Bryant

Examining the Incorporation of Restorative Practices with Traditional Discipline Policies in the American South: A Case Study , Anna Elizabeth Bryson

The Impact of External Stakeholders' Collaboration on International Student Enrollment in the College of Career and Technical Education in a City in the North-Central United States: A Case Study , Jacques Kubranz Buhendwa

A Phenomenological Understanding of K-12 Leaders’ Lived Experiences of Changing From Teacher-Centered Practices to Student-Centered Practices , Claudia Burregi

A Case Study Examining the Experiences of Middle School Teachers Who Use Manipulatives to Foster the Self-Efficacy of Students with Math Difficulties , Krishanta Katira Butcher

A Phenomenological Study of Pastors Leaving Employment Due to Experienced Poor Person-Organization Fit , Stephen T. Buys

Self-Efficacy of Early Childhood Majors at Community Colleges, Public Universities, and Private Institutions , Carlton LeMar Cain

A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of Surgical Technology Graduates Who Achieved Transformative Learning , Anna Danielle Campbell

Elementary Teachers' Experiences of Student Engagement During Forced Virtual Learning: A Phenomenological Approach , Heather Nicole Campbell

A Phenomenological Qualitative Study of Low Teacher Retention and Morale in a Rural Poverty-Stricken School , Susan Michele Campbell

Differences in Faculty Self-Efficacy, Views, and Institutional Support Towards Teaching Competency-Based Education Online: A Non-Experimental, Causal Comparative Study. , Randy Gale Canivel

Public Vocational School Teachers' Experiences and Perceived Self-Efficacy in Working with Students with Disabilities in an Inclusive Environment: A Phenomenological Inquiry Study , Amber Jean Caproni

A Phenomenological Study of Teacher Experiences with Implementation of Crisis Prevention and Intervention in Military-Connected Schools , Rebecca Young Carmichael

Health Sciences Instructor Self-efficacy and Professional Development Experiences: A Phenomenological Study , Melanie Elizabeth Castle

The Effect of Blended Learning and Virtual Learning on Student Performance in High School Physical Education , Frances E. Caulder

Effects of Student Leadership Style on Their Academic Performance , Ignatius Luke Chan

Relationships Among Radiologic Science Educators' Years of Teaching Experience, Technological Self-Efficacy, and Digital Technology Use in the Classroom , Jessica Anne Church

A Quantitative Comparison of Emotional Intelligence Scores for Generation X and Millennial School Leaders , April Desjarlais Clark

Black Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Rural Areas of Southeastern North Carolina , Angelina Latrice Cobb

A Phenomenological Study on the Strategies Used to Support Minority Gifted Students , Christina Patrice Cobb

A Phenomenological Study on Special Education Teachers' Experience with General Education Teachers not in a Co-Teaching Model of Inclusion in North Carolina High Schools , Desmond Denard Coble

Qualitative Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study: The Lived Experiences of School Leaders Who Have Worked Through a Merger , Olga Nelly Collazo

Differences in Job Satisfaction Between Special Educators When Controlling for Sense of Community , Jennifer Casi Cooke

A Phenomenological Study on Cultivating Empowering Attributes that Promote Successful Living in Graduates of a Social Emotional Learning Program , Diran Linta Cowell

Motivation within the Inclusive Art Classroom: A Phenomenology on Engaging Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders , Christina Marie Cox

Examining Administrators' Perceived Influence of Social Media on Adolescent School Discipline: A Transcendental Phenomenological Study , Stephanie N. Cox

Perspectives of Students’ Personal Disability Awareness Impacting Transitions: A Phenomenological Study , Joshua S. Crandell

A Phenomenological Study of The Lived Experiences of High School Seniors in Mathematics Classrooms: Analyzing Methodologies That Increase Engagement , Andrea L. Crews-Brown

Instructional Coaching In Schools: A Qualitative Study Exploring Teacher Experiences , Kelli Jean Crowe

Higher Education during Crisis: A Phenomenological Study of Educator Perceptions on Their Transition to Online Education during the Covid-19 Pandemic , Carrie Smith Curtis

A Phenomenological Study on the Experiences of Graduates from an Early College High School in the South on their Transition to a Four-Year University , Mikki Andrea Curtis

School Leader Beliefs Regarding School-Wide Grading Practices: A Phenomenological Study , Matthew David Czaplicki

A Causal-Comparative Study of Teachers' Attitudes Toward Science Teaching Based on Biological Sex, Teaching Experience, and an Instructional Resource in an Urban Elementary School Setting , Melissa Davis

The Impact of Stressors on Undergraduate College Students with Anxiety Disorders: A Phenomenological Study , Whitney Shea Dickerson

Factors Related to Online Doctoral Program Retention and Completion Rates: A Phenomenological Study , Paula Rae Dietz

High School Teachers' Experiences of Work-Related Stress and Resilience: A Phenomenological Study , Deana A. DiLuggo

The Role of Elementary Teacher Experience On Classroom Management Self-Efficacy: A Causal Comparative Study , Emily Marie Dixon

What's Your Currency and How Do You Use It? Exploring the Ways Staff on Campus Use Non-Monetary Forms of Payment: A Grounded Theory Study of Nonmaterial Culture , Olivia Rosalind Dodson

Prediction of Health Literacy Scores from a Linear Combination of Age, Sex, Smoking Status, and Health Insurance for College Students , Diane Mary Dolezel

Examining the Relationship Between School Climate and Teacher Self-Efficacy in Oregon , Vincent T. Domingo

Embracing Diverse Thinkers: A Case Study Examining the Graduation Rates from a High Autism College Student Population , Beverly Donovan

Go On…Shatter It! A Qualitative Transcendental Phenomenological Study of Gender-Based Prejudices of Senior-Level Women Administrators at Community Colleges Across Texas , Janene Marie Dotts

A Phenomenological Study of Middle School Teachers’ Experiences of Implementing Social Promotion Policies in a Public School District , Kelley L. Duffy

A Transcendental Phenomenological Study Regarding Teachers' Attitudes and Efficacy toward Students with Disabilities in an Inclusion Classroom Environment , Kimberly Lovett Edwards

Lessons Learned in Social-Emotional Development After a Pandemic: A Qualitative Transcendental Phenomenological Study , Lyndsey Eksili

English as a Second Language Teachers' Lived Experience of Transitioning from Remote Learning to the Traditional Classroom Setting: A Phenomenological Study , Shawn Glen Eldot

The Relationship Between Self-efficacy, Years of Experience, and Stress Scores for Special Education Teachers in Central Tennessee , Deborah Joy Ellison

A Phenomenological Study of Contexts of Parent Responsibility for Middle School Student Achievement , Benjamin F. Erskine

Technology Elective Classes’ Effects on Middle School Students’ Self-Efficacy and Learning Engagement in Science , Rebecca K. Farrell

Perceived Effectiveness of Teacher Preparation for Teaching Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities: A Phenomenological Study , Shannon Lynn Feerrar

The Experiences of Dentists and Dental Hygienists as They Transition to Teaching as Clinical Instructors: A Transcendental Phenomenology , Jennifer Elizabeth Fehrenbacher

The Relationship between Time to Degree Completion and Dual-Enrollment Credits , Peter S. Flint

Exploring High-School Students' Positive Lived Experiences with School and Their Perceptions of Qualities that Make Good Teachers: A Phenomenological Study , Carissa AnnMarie Flook

The Impact of a STEM Education Program on Female and Racial Minorities' Knowledge and Attitude , Amira S. Flores

Multicultural Assessment Practices: A Phenomenological Study Examining Speech-Language Pathologists' Self-Efficacy , Paola Jessica Flores

Predicting Successful Completion of Biology from Course Satisfaction and Curriculum Format for Nontraditional Students , Janet Elizabeth Forde

Determining the Relationship Between First Time Therapist Multiple Choice Exam High Cut and Clinical Simulation Exam Pass Rates of Recent Respiratory Therapy Graduates From an Ohio University and Their Well-Being and Persistence , Rebecca Elizabeth Fox

Hybrid Teacher Professional Development Experiences: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study , Laura Francis

How a Higher Education Aviation Faculty Perceived the Challenges of an Online Emergency Transition during the Covid-19 Pandemic and Identifies Recommendations for Future Emergency Online Transitions , Victor Miguel Fraticelli Rivera

Employers’ Experiences with Graduates of Industrial Systems Technology Community College Programs in Northeast Alabama: A Phenomenological Study , Todd Edwards Freshwater

A Transcendental Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experiences of High School Students Who Were Socially Promoted , Janis Marie Fulgham-Faulk

Career Pathway of Women in Higher Education Leadership: A Qualitative Transcendental Phenomenological Study , Avel Shenika Fulp

The Relationship between High School Math Students' Self-Esteem and Their Perceptions of Teacher Behaviors , Patti Pearcy Gallagher

Public Health Instructors' Attitudes Regarding Online Instructional Course Design: A Collective Case Study , Meaghan A. Gargin

Urban Programs That Promote High School Graduation and College Entry: A Phenomenological Study , Marlene Yvette Gooding

Faculty and Staff Experiences of the Support Services Provided to Students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Status at a Community College: A Phenomenological Investigation , Juhi Mehrotra Gor

The Lived Experience of Secondary Career and Technical Education Teachers Collaborating With Special Education Teachers: A Transcendental Phenomenological Study , Padro L. Gould

The Effects of Research-Based Strategies on Reading Achievement among English Language Learners , India Chantel Graden

Enhancing Knowledge Management Practices: A Multiple Holistic Case Study with Principals and Teachers in a Western Canadian Province , Kathleen Marie Grad

The Effect of Satisfying the Requirements for Fire Officer School on Leadership Self-Efficacy among Fire Service Officers: A Quasi-Experimental, Nonequivalent Control Groups Study , Thomas James Grady III

A Causal Comparative Study of The Difference in Achievement Scores of At-Risk, Minority Students Based on Learning Styles , Linda Olene Green

Elementary School Teachers' Pedagogical Digital Competency and Self-Efficacy During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Multiple Case Study , Teerath Kaur Grewal

Postsecondary Experiences Of Title I High School Graduates Who Were At-Risk Students Of Low Socioeconomic Status: A Transcendental Phenomenological Study , Raquel Anya Grindley

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  • Caring Less? Teacher Experiences and No Child Left Behind Legislation: A Grounded Theory Study Intent of this research was to explore and discover teachers' experiences with NCLB, including how they made sense of their experiences, and how it affected their patterns of behaviors and decision making. Author: Tamera Lynn Roe Tidwell, Northcentral University.
  • Differentiated Instruction for Responsive Teaching in Elementary Education Student Teachers' Classrooms The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore what differentiated instruction looked like in three student teachers' classrooms. Author: Laurie Dillon Guy, The University of North Dakota.
  • Elementary Teachers' Experiences with Technology Professional Development and Using Technology in the Classroom: A Case Study The purpose of this qualitative single case study was two-fold: 1) to investigate the impact of current technology professional development provided by the school system on the acquisition of digital literacy skills by elementary educators and, 2) to explore what types of professional development educators believe are important for implementing technology in elementary classrooms. Author: Pamela Lavon Grizzle, Northcentral University.
  • Engineering the Path to Higher-Order Thinking in Elementary Education: A Problem-Based Learning Approach for STEM Integration Study utilized STEM content assessments, a standardized critical thinking test, STEM attitude survey, PBL questionnaire, and field notes from classroom observations to investigate the impact of problem-based learning on students’ content knowledge, critical thinking, and their attitude towards STEM. Author: Abeera Parvaiz Rehmat, University of Nevada.
  • Examining Instructor Perceptions of Learner and Instructor Characteristics of Online Elementary Students: A Case Study The purpose of the proposed qualitative case study was to identify and examine K-5 online teachers’ perspectives of learner and instructor characteristics which support the academic success of online elementary students in Colorado. Author: Erin A. S. Smith, Northcentral University.
  • Pre-Service Elementary Education Teachers Self-Efficacy Beliefs Regarding Technology Integration in the Classroom Environment: A Case Study The purpose of this qualitative study was to determine pre-service teachers' self-perceived ability to integrate technology into classroom instruction. Author: Kimberly P. Blakeney, Capella University.
  • Predicting the Quality of Elementary Mathematics Teachers Utilizing Pre-Graduation Data Collected from Teacher Preparation Programs The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine teachers who were graduates of a teacher preparation program in Southwest Florida post-secondary institution. Author: Mary Amos Robertson, Northcentral University.
  • Teacher Evaluation and Student Achievement in Elementary Education Reviews one evaluation system, the Network for Educator Effectiveness (NEE) teacher evaluation system, to determine if a correlation existed between principal evaluation data and student perception data of specific classroom teachers in relation to student performance on state assessments. Author: Eric L. Allen, Lindenwood University.
  • Teachers' Perceptions of Preparedness Related to National Common Core State Standards for Mathematics The focus of this qualitative case study was to provide insight into elementary school teachers’ perceptions of preparedness for implementing the CCSSM after a series of professional development trainings focused on teaching the CCSSM. Author: Tykier Brown, Northcentral University.
  • Troubling "Family": How Primary Grade Teachers Conceptualize and Negotiate Normative Construction of Family in Elementary Education The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate the way elementary school teachers (kindergarten through second grade), in a school that actively fosters family involvement, include queerly-mixed families within their educational practices. Author: Amy Shema, University of Rochester.
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  • Bellezza, S. W. (2015). Teacher Efficacy for Behavior Management: An Examination of the Construct and its Predictors (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Cadran, A. (2016). A Descriptive Case Study of the Ethics of Care Fostered by a Statewide Blended Teaching Model in Support of Site-Based Exceptional Children Teachers (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Christianson, C. J. (2015). Adolescent Authors: A Case Study of One Urban High School English Teacher’s Memoir-Writing and Publishing Curriculum (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Cannon, S. E. (2016). Exploratory Content Analysis of Candidates’ Perspectives on Multicultural Education as Evidenced in their edTPA Portfolios (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Dague, C. T. (2015). An Action Research Study Exploring the Implementation of Discussion Pedagogy in Support of Student Autonomy in Advanced Placement Courses (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Day, S. H. (2015). How Elementary Teachers Use Classroom Mini-Economies When Guided by the C3 Framework (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • DiFrancesca, D. (2015). The Impact of Writing Prompts on Learning During Ill-Structured Problem Solving (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Hayes, A. M. (2015). From Assessment to Instruction: The Impact of Online Formative Assessment in Reading on Teachers’ Planning and Instruction in the Middle School English Language Arts Classroom (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Fletcher, M.S. (2016, December). Finding Their Voices: A Narrative Inquiry of Sixth-grade Lumbee Males Who Struggle With Reading (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Kerkhoff Vessa, S. N. (2016). Designing Global Futures: A Mixed Methods Study to Develop and Validate the Teaching for Global Readiness Scale (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Lee, C. W. (2016). Orchestrating Mathematical Discourse: Affordances and Hindrances for Novice Elementary Teachers (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Mckeithan, G. K. (2016). Interventions Employed in Regular Education Settings for Secondary Students with High Functioning Autism: A Meta-Analysis (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Nesheim, N. E. (2015). Dialogic Possibilities: Exploring New Frontiers in Collaboration (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Pittman, P. K. (2015). An Inquiry into the Influence of Professional Learning Communities on English Language Arts Teachers’ Pedagogical-Content Knowledge (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Saylor, E. E. (2015). Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Perspectives About Feminism (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
  • Simmons, B. D. (2015). The Professional Development Needs of School-Based Leadership in Preparation for a District-Wide One-to-One Initiative in a Large Urban School District (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from
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The doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in elementary education is designed to meet the needs of advanced graduate students who seek professor roles in higher education. Our PhD students are dedicated to furthering the profession in academic settings through their advanced research skills, teaching, and service.

In this flexible, fully online program, candidates can specialize in a variety of areas within elementary education, such as literacy and reading, early childhood education, and more. As one of the few fully online PhD programs in the Midwest, our program is customizable to meet each candidate's specific goals. Many of our graduates teach at the postsecondary or college level. Others have leadership positions, such as administrators, policymakers, and education specialists.

Students who have completed or will complete the online master's in elementary education (MAE in elementary education) can apply up to 27 credits from their master’s degree toward the PhD requirements as a head start in their course work.

If your career goal is to take on a leadership position in the elementary education field, the 100% online EdD in Elementary Education  can help you achieve that goal.

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Ball State University has a long history and excellent reputation as a Teachers College. You'll develop in-depth knowledge in your area of interest through program activities that include in-service training, research and publication, college teaching, curriculum development, clinical or laboratory work, and graduate courses in your major and related subjects.

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We have an accomplished faculty who have received recognition for their work on the national and international levels. Our small class sizes mean you will consistently interact with your professors, allowing for mentoring and careful monitoring of your progress.

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All of our courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexibility of our online format gives you the convenience to complete weekly course work at a time and place that best fit into your work, family, and extracurricular schedules. Many of our students are busy school professionals who continue working full-time while pursuing their degree. Students can choose from three start dates – Fall, Spring, or Summer – to help accommodate their schedules.

Course Requirements

The doctorate program consists of 91-97 graduate credits, of which at least 48 credits must be completed at Ball State University. The program includes a 40-credit (minimum) major (of which 10 credits are for the dissertation). Additionally, candidates must choose cognate fields of either two 15-credit (minimum) cognates or one 24-credit (minimum) cognate. Candidates must also complete a 10-credit (minimum) dissertation research project.

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  • EDPS 642 Intermediate Statistics (3 credits)
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  • EDPS 627 Child Development (3 credits)

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EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for the doctoral program. Graduate students who enter without this credit, must meet the requirement as a deficiency rather than as part of the program.

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PhD candidates will complete 30 credits of course work in an area of specialization. Students determine courses for their specialization with their doctoral committees. Candidates will select one of the three following areas of specialization:

  • Elementary Education (EDEL)
  • Early Childhood Education (ECYF)
  • Literacy/Reading Education (EDRD)

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PhD candidates will choose either a 24-credit research cognate or two 15-credit cognate fields (one of the 15-credit cognate areas will be in the field of research, while the other can be in an area of your interest). The 24-credit research cognate must include a minimum of 12 Ball State credits, and the 15-credit cognates must each include a minimum of nine Ball State credits.

*PhD candidates must meet the following research cognate requirements:

  • a minimum of two quantitative research courses
  • a minimum of two qualitative research courses
  • additional research courses approved by the committee

Additional Requirements

  • Doctoral Seminar in Elementary Education (10 credits)
  • EDHI 710 Advanced Research Seminar in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • Dissertation (10 credits)

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MA/PhD in Elementary Education

The MA/PhD track in elementary education will allow you to contribute to the advancement of knowledge necessary to address the dynamic challenges of contemporary education at the elementary level. We train leaders in educational research and encourage students to dive deep into their own area of research.

This program emphasizes:

  • A focus on interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum development
  • The use of inquiry as a key pedagogical approach
  • The importance of a strong understanding of diversity and its social and educational implications
  • Child development and learning theories as the foundation for research and teaching in elementary settings

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As a full-time graduate student, you will have opportunities to:

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  • Teach courses in Elementary Teacher Education
  • Conduct research
  • Engage with faculty and student colleagues in research/discussion groups related to the study of Elementary Education as a contextual space
  • Present at conferences for researchers and practitioners

Your PhD coursework will center on your research interests. The program consists of 51 course credits and 24 doctoral thesis credits for a total of 78 credits.

To view the core curriculum and electives visit the Education, Curriculum, and Instruction PhD page in the course catalog and view the Elementary Education sub-plan at the bottom of the page.

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Students can choose either a thesis (Plan A) or final paper (Plan B) to complete their degree. See the requirements for both curriculum plans .

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Students can engage in research that ties into their area of interest. Faculty work closely with each cohort to achieve research and educational goals. Learn more about the student research experience in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

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Graduates of the program have assumed positions as university faculty, instructional leaders in the public schools, curriculum development specialists, and assessment specialists.

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  • Associate professor, Western Carolina University

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Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

Navigating the Unfamiliar: The Lived Experience of Elementary School Teachers as They Navigate the Use of New Literacies During a Global Pandemic , Sydney Boyer

Critical Engagements with Award Winning Picturebooks: My Journey in Creating a More Equitable Classroom Library , Carrie Elizabeth Crowe

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Crossing the Threshold: Factors That Influence the Beliefs of First Year Teachers Regarding Reform-Based Mathematics Instruction , Quinn H. Braden

Mediation in a Science Classroom , David Ray Davis

Tensions and Pitfalls in the Depiction of Multiracial Characters in Children's Picture Books: A Critical Content Analysis , Melody Green

Physical Place and Online Space: Permeability, Embodiment, and Gender in Two Online, Synchronous Critical Multicultural Teacher Education Courses , Elizabeth Finlayson Harris

Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Unit That Utilizes Effective History Teaching Practices , Haley Holland

Teachers' Values for the Reduction of Teacher Attrition in Utah Public Schools , Forrest Jensen

The Racial Reckoning of a Chinese American Teacher During the COVID-19 Pandemic , Alicia Luong

Creating an Instrument to Explore the Self-Efficacy of Writing Instructors to Teach Apprehensive Writers , Kathleen Marie Romrell

Teacher Judgment Accuracy of Student Perceptions of Closeness and Conflict in Teacher-Student Relationships , Collin Seastrand

The Effects of Relatedness Support on Motivational Profiles in Rural vs. Urban Physical Education Students , Corbin D. Stringam

Bittersweet Experiences for Brazilian Newcomers: Positive Interactions, Microaggressions, and Isolation in English-Only and Dual Language Bilingual Education Programs , Rose Renee Whitney

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

The Relationship Between the Use of Curriculum Materials and Inquiry-Based Pedagogy , Laura Jo Elzinga

Something Happened: Exploring Student Religious Experiences Through the Eyes of Their Teacher , Jason Bird Pearson

Developing a Professional Early Childhood Educator Identity: The Experiences of Three Teachers , Amy Shakespeare White

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Damsel in Distress or Princess in Power? Traditional Masculinity and Femininity in Young Adult Novelizations of Cinderella and the Effects on Agency , Rylee Carling

Teacher Lore Concerning Teaching English Language Learners in Urban Schools: A Reciprocal Determinist Analysis , Helen Clare Colby

The Emergence of Teacher Self in the Elementary Classroom , Chelsea Cole

Exploring Teacher Beliefs of Adolescent Developmental Needs Through Positive Student Comments of their Teachers , Elizabeth Bowers Hinchcliff

Teaching Second-Grade Students to Write Expository Text , Angenette Cox Imbler

Exploring Dialogue Journals as a Context for Connecting with and Supporting the Emotional Lives of Fourth Graders , Samantha Simone Johnson

The Effect of Ethnic Identity on Motivation to bePhysically Active in Schools in Hawai’i , Nathan A. K. Kahaiali'i

Ninth-Grade Students' Motivation for Reading and Course Choice , McKenna Lyn Simmons

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Uncovering One Teacher's Knowledge of Arts Integration for Developing English Learners' Reading Comprehension: A Self-Study , Tina RaLinn McCulloch

A Content Analysis of Scientific Practices in a Fourth-Grade Commercial Literacy Program , Hailey A. Oswald

Reading Fluency and GoNoodle© Brain Breaks Among Elementary-Aged Children , Hannah Jeanne Wold

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Friendship and Language: How Kindergarteners Talk About Making Friends in a Two-Way Immersion School , Sionelle Nicole Beller

Lunchtime Experiences and Students' Sense of Belonging in Middle School , Anna Elisabeth Hinton

Perceptions of School Uniforms in Relation to Socioeconomic Statuses , Aaron B. Jones

The Operationalization of the Theoretical Antecedents of Collective Teacher Efficacy , Kathryn A. Larsen

Teacher Experiences in Highly Impacted Schools That Produce Happiness , Brittany Nicole Lund

Identifying Elements of Voice and Fostering Voice Development in First-Grade Science Writing , McKenna Lucille Maguet

Promoting Pleasure in Reading Through Sustained Silent Reading: A Self-Study of Teacher Practices , Kimberly Turley McKell

Sixth-Grade Elementary and Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Middle School Teachers' Knowledge and Beliefs About Science Literacy , Melissa P. Mendenhall

Building Procedural Fluency from Conceptual Understanding in Equivalence of Fractions: A Content Analysis of a Textbook Series , Mark S. Nance

Ethnic Identity and School Belonging Among Pacific Islander High School Students , Mari N. Oto

Self-Study of a Teacher's Practices of and Experience with Emotion Regulation , Lauren Elyse Paravato

Cultural Connections in the Classroom and Pacific Islander Students Value of Reading , Lyndsai K. Sylva

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Parent Perception of Systemic Success in Physical Education: A Study of Advocacy in Action , Rachel Valletta Griffiths

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Student Self-Assessment: Teachers' Definitions, Reasons, and Beliefs , Christopher Daren Andrews

What is Being Said about Historical Literacy in Literacy and Social Studies Journals: A Content Analysis , Kiera Beddes

A High School Biology Teacher's Development Through a New Teaching Assignment Coupled with Teacher-Led Professional Development , Lorien Young Francis

Emotions in Teaching: Self-Compassion , Stacey Freeman

Physical Activity Rates and Motivational Profiles of Adolescents While Keeping a Daily Leisure-Time Physical Activity Record , Matthew Osden Fullmer

Distraction, Enjoyment, and Motivation During an Indoor Cycling Unit of High School Physical Education , Kelsey Higginson

A Look at the Reliability of an Early Childhood Expository Comprehension Measure , Alta Adamma McDonald

Invisible Students: A Case Study of Friendless Students During the First Year of Junior High , Rachel E. Neeley

Picture Books as Mentor Texts for 10th-Grade Struggling Writers , David Willett Premont

Effects of Fourth- and First-Grade Cross-Age Tutoring on Mathematics Anxiety , Camille Margarett Rougeau

An Analysis of Support for Elementary Engineering Education Offered in the Science Teacher Journal Science and Children , Tawnicia Meservy Stocking

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Dyad Reading Experiences of Second-Grade English Learners with Fiction and Nonfiction Texts , Michelle Lynn Klvacek

Orchestrating Mathematical Discussions: A Novice Teacher's Implementation of Five Practices to Develop Discourse Orchestration in a Sixth-Grade Classroom , Jeffrey Stephen Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Parent Reasons for Enrollment at One Dual-Language Chinese Immersion Elementary School Program , Aaron W. Andersen

Effects of Teacher-to-Student Relatedness on Adolescent Male Motivation in Weight-Training Classes , Zack E. Beddoes

The Effects of Music on Physical Activity Rates of Junior High Physical Education Students , Lindsey Kaye Benham

What Matters Most? The Everyday Priorities of Teachers of English Language Learners , Johanna Boone

PE Central: A Possible Online Professional Development Tool , Amber M. Hall

Determining the Reliability of an Early Expository Comprehension Assessment , Tammie Harding

The Relationship Between Health-Related Fitness Knowledge, Perceived Competence, Self-Determination, and Physical Activity Behaviors of High School Students , Elizabeth Bailey Haslem

Supporting Ongoing Language and Literacy Development of Adolescent English Language Learners , Jason T. Jay

Components of Effective Writing Content Conferences in a Sixth-Grade Classroom , Paul Ricks

Online Student Discussions in a Blended Learning Classroom: Reconciling Conflicts Between a Flipped Instruction Model and Reform-Based Mathematics , Lewis L. Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

An Investigation of the Effects of Integrating Science and Engineering Content and Pedagogy in an Elementary School Classroom , Katie Nicole Barth

Alignment Between Secondary Biology Textbooks and Standards for Teaching English Learners: A Content Analysis , Joseph H. Hanks

Content Analysis of New Teacher Induction and Mentoring Documents in Five Partnership Districts: Reflections and Acknowledgments of Complexity , Carol S. Larsen

Stories of Success: Three Latino Students Talk About School , Carol Ann Litster

Effects of Fourth- and Second-Grade Cross-Age Tutoring on Spelling Accuracy and Writing Fluency , Rebekkah J. Mitchell

The United States Growth over 16 Years of Student Correct Responses on the TIMSS: Are We Really That Far Behind? , Jacob Michael Zonts

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

A Content Analysis of Family Structure in Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1930 -- 2010 , Shannon Marie Despain

A Content Analysis of Inquiry in Third Grade Science Textbooks , Rebecca Adams Lewis

Science Self-Efficacy and School Transitions: Elementary School to Middle School and Middle School to High School , Brandi Lue Lofgran

Balancing Support and Challenge within the Mentoring Relationship , Tiffanie Joy Miley

Explicitly Teaching Multiple Modes of Representation in Science Discourse: The Impact on Middle School Science Student Learning , Ryan Nixon

Navigating the Changing Face of Beginning Reading Instruction: Am I Right Back Where I Started? , DeAnna M. Perry

Teacher Definitions of Integration in Primary Grades , Jeanne Sperry Prestwich

Effective Professional Development: A Study of a Teacher-Initiated, Interdisciplinary Professional Learning Community , Mary Ann Quantz

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

An Examination of the Effects of Using Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy to Teach Tier 3 Students to Read Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) Words , Esther Marshall

Two Marginalized Adolescents Using the Internet to Complete an Inquiry Project , Jennifer Thomas

Describing the Reading Motivation of Four Second-Grade Students with Varying Abilities. , Kathy Jane White

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

Establishing Reliability of Reading Comprehension Ratings of Fifth-Grade Students' Oral Retellings , Laura Elizabeth Bernfeld

The Nature of Classroom Instruction and Physical Environments That Support Elementary Writing , Monica Thomas Billen

Understanding the Tensions That Exist Between Two Co-Teachers Education Classroom Using Positioning , Garth Gagnier

A Challenging and Rewarding Process: Implementing Critical Literacy Instruction in a Middle School Classroom , Amy Michelle Geilman

The Nature of Transfer from the Concepts and Vocabulary Taught in a Character Education Unit to Students Classroom Discourse , Marianne E. Gill

Mathematics Vocabulary and English Learners: A Study of Students' Mathematical Thinking , Hilary Hart

Adolescent Literate Identity Online: Individuals and the Discourse of a Class Wiki , Amanda J. McCollum

The Stories of Three High School English Teachers Involved in a Collaborative Study Group , Marjoire Ralph

Narrating the Literate Identities of Five Ninth Grade Boys on the School Landscape , Mary Frances Rice

Comparing the Pedagogical Thinking of More Successful and Less Successful Adult ESL Instructors Using Stimulated Recall , Jason Paul Roberts

Elements of Professional Development That Influenced Change in Elementary Teachers' Writing Instruction , Jill Brown Shumway

Identifying Social Studies Content Embedded inElementary Basal Readers , Wendy Taylor Workman

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

Examining the Effects of Explicit Teaching of Context Clues in Content Area Texts , Jessie Ruth Jensen

Using Web-Based Tools to Mentor Novice Teachers in Literacy Instruction , Teresa Moore Jordan

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As the culminating experience of their graduate programs and with the guidance of the faculty, PhD students in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis are producing dissertations which contribute to the knowledge base regarding education and offer important insights about improving educational practices and policies. Listed below are ELPA PhD graduates with links to their dissertations.

8/2023 LaShawn Washington “Let Love Lead”: An Ethnographic Investigation of Relationships, Praxis, and Love Within a Black Women-Led Leadership Program at a PWI

8/2023 Paris Wicker “Who Gets to Be Well”? A Multi Method Social Network Analysis of Well-Being for Black and Indigenous College Students

5/2023 Samuel Coleman Leading to Eliminate Racial Inequities in Student Experiences, Opportunities, and Outcomes: A Case Study of the Personal and Professional Experiences of K-12 School Leaders

5/2023 Scott Everson Student Perceptions of Grading Reform at the Secondary Level

5/2023 Erin Hastey How Do We “Make Sure that Everything We Do, We Have Students at the Center”? Reimagining Community College Board Effectiveness for Students’ Success

5/2023 Abby Koberstein Equity in Suburbia: White Educators’ Sensemaking of Equity

5/2023 Paul Kirby Livingston Context Matters: Culturally Inclusive and Equitable Pedagogies Across Instructional Contexts in Undergraduate Education

5/2023 Walter Parrish “I Love the Work, but I Hate My Job”: A Critical Narrative Inquiry on Academic Bullying Among Faculty at Four-Year Institutions

5/2023 Sylvia Ramierz Working Toward a Degree: The Relationship Between Campus Employment, Student Engagement, and Academic Outcomes for Community College Students

5/2023 Yasmin Escutia Rodriguez A Testimonio Study: Latinx Women Pre-Service Teachers’ Experiences and Teacher Identity Development

5/2023 Megan Schmid Faculty Identity in Higher Education: Beyond Research, Teaching, and Service

5/2023 Tarryn Lael Simmons HBCUs UnHushed: Transformative Spiritual Resilience Within the Life Histories of African American Graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

5/2023 Anne Stahr Mentoring Faculty for Teaching in Academic Medicine

5/2023 Xiwei Zhu Developing Community College Faculty Toward Inclusive Approaches to Teaching: Institutional Support, Pedagogical Transpiration, and Faculty Assets

12/2022 Sherri Cyra Perceptions of Professional Development Impact: White Educators’ Racial Identity Development and Anti-Racist Practice

12/2022 Megan Arens Tier 2 at the Middle Level: the Role of the RTI Team in Building a Sustainable System

12/2022 Hyunwoo Yang The early childhood education in public education – motivation, workforce, and effects

12/2022 Changhee Lee Rethinking Equity and Innovation in Education: A Systematic Approach to Mapping and Evaluating Innovative Educational Initiatives

8/2022 Elizabeth Hrodey The Use of School and Classroom Interventions to Prevent the Misidentification and Overrepresentation of Black Adolescents in Special Education

8/2022 Kathlyn Stebbins-Hinz Leadership in Service of “At-risk” Students: Lessons from Alternative High Schools


8/2022 Lydia Gandy-Fastovich Special Education Through the Parent Lens: Experiences, Expertise, and Hope towards Collaborative Partnerships

8/2022 Nancy Nikolay Navigating Reform Efforts: Teachers’ Sensemaking During Curriculum Reform Efforts

8/2022 Neil O’Connell Features of Personalized Learning in Middle School

8/2022 Danyelle Wright The Pursuit Towards Anti-Racist Professional Development for a Wisconsin School District

8/2022 Ashley Gaskey What’s Faculty Have to Do with It? A Critical Analysis of Faculty at For-Profit Institutions

5/22 Christopher Barnes Your Success Is Our Success: An Exploration of Black Ph.D. Students’ Educational Journeys and Experiences with Mentorship

5/22 Nicholas Mitchell Principals’ Approaches to Addressing Racial Inequities in Schools

5/22 Na Lor A Mixed Methods Study of Cultural Inequity in Higher Education

5/22 Colleen Larsen Dreams beyond Safety: A Critical Qualitative Investigation of the Experiences of Refugee Students at Two-Year Public Colleges in Wisconsin

5/22 Emilie Hofacker An Alumni Perspective: Posse Program Impact on STEM Degree Attainment and STEM Workforce Transition

5/22 Sarah Lent A Call for an Education About Whiteness: Intersections of Teaching and Leading for Antiracist Education

5/22 Sarah Odell Listening for Resistance: Stories Challenging the Binary in K-12 Educational Leadership

12/21 David Brokopp Elementary Principals’ Decision to Use Exclusionary Discipline and the Influence of School Safety on that Decision

12/21 Shelby Rogers Transfixed on Eliminating Barriers: Re-conceptualizing Student Success Practices in Contemporary Higher Education at a Public Historically Black College and University

12/21 Brett Stousland Certifying Intercultural Competence: An Investigation of Districts’ Participation in a State Program

12/21 Helen Behr Beyond the Closed Door: Teacher Autonomy in Context

12/21 Byron Sharer Robertson How Do Parental Educational Expectations Change in High School ?

12/21 Molly Carroll Field Experience Organization

8/21 Jacqueline Forbes “So We Made Our Own Table”: An Exploration of Three Black Educational Organizations in Atlanta

8/21 Casey Blochowiak The Positive Deviance Improvement Approach in Education: A Case Study of School and District Application

8/21 Dawn Crim Hard Row to Hoe: Unearthing the Barriers, Challenges & Resiliency of African American Women Presidents at Baccalaureate Institutions

8/21 Kelly Demerath Who Is Career and College Ready: Equity and Outcomes in Dual Enrollment Programs

8/21 Mark Stateler The Influence of School Resource Officers on School Climate in Rural Settings: Perspectives of Students, Principals, and School Resource Officers

8/21 Timothy Rosenthal What Role Do Instances of Toxic Masculinity and Gender Stereotyping Play in Middle School Boys’ Decision-Making Processes Regarding Joining/Continuing in School Choir Programs?

8/21 Ellie Bruecker An Exploration of Financial Aid Application Patterns and College Access: Three Studies Using High School-Level FAFSA Data

8/21 Allison Degraaf Building Teachers’ Instructional Capacity in a Balanced Literacy Framework

8/21 Nicole Marble Fostering Rigorous Learning Opportunities through Academic Conversations and the Teacher Professional Learning that Supports Sustained Schoolwide Use

8/21 Mary Duenas You’re Not Really Here Because You Deserve to Be Here : How Latinx College Students Experience Imposter Syndrome

8/21 Francis Redmon Listening to Stories Students Tell About the Impact of Personalized Learning on Their Learning and Lives

8/21 Kimberly Amidzich Understanding the Role of Equity in School Improvement Science: A Tale of Two Districts

8/21 Barb Novak Persistent Barriers to Equity: State Statutes and State Education Agency Regulations and Guidance about Specific Learning Disabilities

8/21 Minseok Yang Unforeseen Costs and Casualties: The Impact of Teachers’ Union Reform on Teacher Labor Market Responses

5/21 Casey Blochowiak The Positive Deviance Improvement Approach in Education: A Case Study of School and District Application

5/21 Laura Eicher In Schools with Equitable Practices, What is the Elementary Principal’s Role to Improve Reading Achievement?

5/21 Dominic Ledesma From language access to communicative equity: Understanding the role and impact of language access accommodations for linguistically diverse parents in K-12 public schools

5/21 Brett Nachman “I Found My Place”: Unraveling Autistic Community College Students’ Experiences in a College Autism Transition Program

12/20 Nicholas Reichhoff Layered Instructional Leadership for Coherence: A Case Study of District and School Level Practices

12/20 Tanushree Rawat Ambitious and Routine Tasks for Integrating Technology in Schools: Stories of Two Rural Public Schools in India

8/2020 Julie Kallio Solving Problems Together: Findings from the Early Stages of a Networked Improvement Community

8/2020 Brit Wagner New Landing, New Transition: A Phenomenological Investigation of the International Student Arrival Experience

8/2020 Robert DeMeuse Check Yes or No: Identifying Factors that Predict Rural Wisconsin Public School District Referendum Passage

5/2020 Andrew Erdmann Out of the Closet: Examining Residence Hall Climate at a Large Public Research Institution for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer+ Students

5/2020 Daniel Corral (not available in data base)

5/2020 Carmen Bartley Creating Access to Meaningful Resources and Relationships: Critical Brokerage Practices in a Public Elementary School

5/2020 Cassidy Kist Opening the Door? How Wisconsin School Districts Respond to Increased Mathematics Graduation Requirements and Its Impact on Students’ Educational Opportunities

12/2019 John Harper Habits of Mind of District Administrators: An Exploratory Study

12/2019 Ning Sun (not available in data base)

12/2019 SoHee Hyun Challenges Facing Immigrant Transfer Students Persisting in American Higher Education

12/2019 Taylor Weichman Cultivating 21 st  Century Learners through Facilitation of Adventure-Based Education

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53 Best Education Dissertation Topic Ideas

It’s hard to choose and settle on a topic for your education dissertation. When I was choosing my topic, I was confused and uncertain. I wished I had a list like this that would help me out!

The topics below are best for undergraduate (B.A / B.Ed) or masters (M.A / M.Ed) students. Check out these 51 topic ideas, use them, and adapt them to create a topic that suits you.

The Lazy Man’s Top 10

before I dig in…

Here is a quick list of my top 9 favorite education dissertation topic ideas:

  • What skill development strategies can be observed in children’s play?
What evidence is there for the theory of multiple intelligences?
  • What are parents’ attitudes toward play-based learning in schools?
  • Is there a correlation between student stress levels and standardized exams?
  • What are the differences in teaching strategies between experienced and novice teachers?
  • What are the greatest challenges faced by teachers in their first 3 years in the profession?
  • What does the literature say about the differences between phonics and whole language learning?
  • What are the factors facilitating successful inclusion of students with behavioral disabilities?
  • What do teachers believe has been the effect of technology on students’ learning?

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1. Early Childhood Education Dissertation Ideas

  • What are the perspectives of parents about the benefits of structured and unstructured play for children?
  • What do educators identify as the key challenges of transitioning from early childhood to compulsory schooling settings?
  • How do the 50 most popular children’s books of the 21 st Century promote gender norms? (For this one, consider also using the social graces concept to add a more analytical lens.)
What do teachers in Montessori educational settings perceive to be the benefits and limitations of a Montessori-style education?
  • What are parents’ initial anxieties about sending their children to preschool?
  • A semiotic analysis of the representation of the stages of play in early childhood learning center promotional literature.
  • How is the early childhood education and care (ECEC) profession represented in mainstream news?
  • What do parent perceive to be the developmental benefits of early childhood education for their children?

2. Elementary Teaching Dissertation Ideas

  • Are Piaget’s stages of development an accurate reflection of the abilities of children in the concrete stage of development?
  • What are teachers’ perspectives of authoritarian behavior management strategies ?
  • What do teachers perceive as the most effective behavior management strategy for children aged 5 – 7?
What do parents perceive to be the benefits of no homework for children?
  • What are parents’ perceptions and concerns about integration of children with autism into mainstream classrooms?
  • How do changes in seating arrangements from rows to table groups impact learning in a Grade 5 classroom?
  • According to educators, what are the benefits and limitations of regular play breaks for learning?
What do teachers perceive to be the benefits and limitations of the phonics versus whole language learning approaches to literacy?
  • What skill development strategies can be observed in children’s play during recess breaks in schools?
  • What do educators in a school that has compulsory school uniforms see as the educational benefits or drawbacks of compulsory uniforms?
  • What are the barriers and opportunities for promoting a ‘sense of belonging’ in primary school classrooms?

Related: How to Write a Dissertation from Beginning to End

3. Middle & High School Dissertation Ideas

  • What are students’ perceptions of the impact of homework on their after school extracurricular activities?
  • How are nationalist ideologies reinforced and challenged in the current curriculum documents of [your jurisdiction]?
  • What are students’ perceptions of how well school prepares them for university / trades / real life?
What are students’ / teachers’/ parents’ perceptions of standardized tests in high school?
  • What do high school teachers in leadership positions perceive to be the best approaches to mentoring early career teachers?
  • Which models of childhood citizenship are evident in [your jurisdiction’s] curriculum?
  • What do parents perceive to be the traits of quality teachers in primary school vs. high school?
What do adolescents see as the qualities of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ teachers?
  • What do educators see as their role versus parents’ roles in promoting the moral values of children?
  • What do parents of immigrant children see as the challenges their children face in schools in their new nation?

4. Educational Technology Ideas

  • How prepared do pre-service teachers feel about teaching using Electronic White Boards?
  • What are parents’ perceptions of classroom mobile phone apps that are designed to increase parent-student interactions?
  • What are teachers’ perspectives of the impact of technology on student learning?
Can gaming help promote creative writing skills among boys aged 10-12?
  • What age do parents perceive to be the best age for introducing children to technology?
  • What are the differences between boys’ and girls’ technology usage habits during free time at school?
  • What social, pedagogical and cognitive benefits and limitations do students face when learning online ?

5. General Education and Teaching Dissertation Ideas

  • What do experienced educators perceive is the value of their university education?
  • What are teachers’ perceptions of the barriers and opportunities to learning for children in poverty?
  • What challenges do male educators face in their first 5 years of teaching?
What are the main ways school leaders approach whole-school anti-bullying policy development?
  • How do teachers differentiate their behavior management strategies for children with developmental delays?
  • What do teachers believe to be effective netiquette rules for online learning ?
  • What are the factors that impact teachers’ motivations for promotion into leadership positions in schools?
  • What do teachers perceive to be the role of reflection in their practice, and what are the most common reflective practice strategies among practitioners?
  • How do Introverted and Extroverted Students Learn Differently?
  • What do parents perceive to be the purpose of schooling?
  • What differences are there in behavior management strategies for experienced versus novice teachers?
  • What do teachers believe are the benefits and challenges of intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation strategies ?

6. Ideas that Involve Interviewing your Classmates!

  • What do pre-service teachers see as their biggest worries about entering the teaching profession?
  • How prepared do pre-service teachers feel about walking into a classroom and beginning their craft?
What do pre-service teachers perceive to be the major factors that their degree does not prepare them for, before entering the workforce?
  • What do a cohort of teacher education students see as the benefits of conducting a final dissertation project prior to entering the profession? (see also: cohort effect )
  • What are the differences between freshman (first year) and senior (final year) students’ perspectives of the role of the classroom teacher in the 21 st Century?

Read Also: 25 Sociology Dissertation Ideas

What to do once you Choose your Topic

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Hopefully by now you have highlighted or written down 3 topics that caught your eye.

I recommend for your next step that you organize a meeting with your dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will talk with you about your three ideas and give you advice on which to choose and why.

Each university has different requirements, so you’ll need to get input from your supervisor. Your supervisor is the person who can help you to navigate the special requirements of your particular program of study.

You’ll find that you and your supervisor will be able to tailor your chosen topic to you and your needs.

Good luck, and please do leave a comment below if you found this post useful!

I’m also always looking for more ideas to add to this list so if you came up with another idea, share it below.


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Thesis Topics for Elementary Education

Differences between informal & formal education.

Education is a large field, and topic ideas for a Master's thesis can be hard to narrow. Choose a topic related to your specialized interest or area of education. Focus on a problem in your field, and find a scientific and practical solution to that problem. Use books, journals, other thesis, libraries, surveys and other materials for research. Keep it as interesting and relevant to readers as possible.

Special Education Topics

Consider general special education issues like a specific disorder or disability. Before writing, research how the "No Child Left Behind" act affects the inclusion classroom and children with special needs. In this topic, you might cover how children with autism, mental or emotional disorders function in the general classroom as compared to placement in a separate special needs classroom. Interview teachers who work with these children receiving special education services in inclusion and special ed settings. Within a thesis focusing on special education, another option is discuss and analyze the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process and service delivery of special education services within a school or district. Further research options in the special education thesis topic area include looking more closely at inclusion, mainstreaming and self-contained classroom placements.

Education Methods and Pedagogy

Teaching methods vary from state to state and district to district. Assessments, best practices, cooperative learning techniques and inclusion policies are as diversified as the various schools. Write a paper on how these methods can be used in the classroom, how they differ from campus to campus, or how these differences might affect students who relocate often during a school year.

Educational Psychology Ideas

Educational psychology concerns how people learn and the differences in learning by those with disabilities or gifted learners. Specific methods of teaching are required for these different learning styles. A thesis paper could delve into the aspect of instructional design, multiple intelligences, Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains and organized learning. Any of these topics can be turned into an interesting thesis paper.

Alternative Methods of Education

Alternative settings for education can include charter schools, independent schools, and home-based learning. Topic ideas include how these alternatives are accomplished, how students can benefit from the smaller-based classrooms as compared to more personal instructional support, or how students fare in different environments. Explore comparisons between public, charter, home and private schools by interviewing and speaking to students, teachers and parents from each of these education methods and settings.

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2023 Best Online PhD in Elementary Education [Doctorate Guide]

Searching for an Online PhD in Elementary Education? If you are among those who desire to lead the way to a better future for today’s children, this degree may be a good choice for you.

PhD in Elementary Education

A doctorate in elementary education may be ideal for teachers already working in K-6 grades who wish to advance their careers or specialize in areas that match your personal interests.

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Many find jobs with a doctorate to be personally and financially rewarding, and with one, you can help kids meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Online PhD in Elementary Education Programs

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Doctoral degrees in elementary education can lead to leadership positions in administration, teaching, research, and policy making at local, state or national levels. You might become a principal, develop curriculum, or create new ways to approach issues that face students and communities today.

There are many job opportunities for those with doctorates and this degree can help give you a foundation for performing required tasks. These include hiring, observing classrooms, establishing policies for safe and effective schools, handling budgets, and communicating with teachers and parents.

This degree in education online may also allow you to work at the university level as a professor or high-level administrator such as a dean. Universities often require research and publication in specific areas of interest and give you freedom and opportunity to explore subjects that interest you.

Another career path may be working in educational policy at your district level or even at state or national levels. You may be able to work with others to write or test laws or policies designed to meet the changing needs of students, communities, or our country.

An online degree may be the perfect match for the busy classroom teacher who must write lesson plans, grade assignments and find time to pursue an advanced degree. Most online universities recognize the demands on students’ time and create curriculum that can challenge students while understanding how busy they are.

Doctoral courses and delivery methods will vary. Some offer a mix of traditional coursework and real-world experience. Others require minimal hours on campus. Many create digital classrooms or require students to attend seminars during weekends or summer vacations.

Typically, admission to a doctoral program will require you to have a master’s degree, although some require only a bachelors. With a master’s you will likely need about 60 or more hours of credit. Check these numbers carefully when applying.

Your curriculum might include subjects such as Creating a Culture of Learning, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, Student Learning, Mentoring, Curriculum Development, Philosophical Foundations, and Educational Technology. Additionally, you will normally be required to research, write, and defend a dissertation.

Elementary Education Careers and Salaries

Elementary Education Careers and Salaries

There are many potential career paths available to those who hold a PhD in Elementary Education. They range from becoming assistant principals or principals to teaching or serving as administrators at colleges to moving on to leadership positions in government as policymakers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the average salaries for a PhD in Elementary Education are significantly higher than those of teachers and the job opportunities for those with a doctorate degree are expected to grow 6% for the next ten years.

In addition to teaching or becoming an administrator in elementary schools, a doctoral degree should open a number of additional career doors. A doctorate is usually essential for teaching at the university level, and a few years of teaching are normally required for advancement to university administration.

What makes a doctorate degree better than a masters degree in elementary education is that outside educational institutions, people with a doctorate in elementary education may move into research or policy positions in government agencies charged with creating standards and practices for teachers and students. This exciting area can let you use your education to change things for the better.

You will find average salaries for people holding PhDs in elementary education in this chart that has information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics .

When reviewing this information, please remember that the data is for national averages and will vary according to location, discipline, and level of responsibility. There will also be differences in public or private schools or universities.

Choosing an Online PhD in Elementary Education

As you begin your search for an Online Doctorate in Elementary Education, there are many things to consider. Along with the careers listed above, you may wish to pursue a specialty such as policy analyst, curriculum designer, learning resource specialist, or technology designer or evaluator.

Make your own chart and fill it in regarding each of these important items for consideration.


  • Admission requirements
  • Tuition costs and financial aid
  • Specializations available
  • Dissertation requirements

As you create the chart that will help you compare your options, it is also useful to arrange the criteria listed above in order of its importance to you. This applies to all PhD degree programs such as an online PhD in early childhood education .

Elementary Education Doctorate Curriculum and Courses

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Curriculum will vary depending on your university and the specialty you choose. Online degrees normally include both foundational courses and specialty courses in your main field of interest.

Here are some common courses and a brief description of what you can expect to learn in each of them:

  • Curriculum Design : This course teaches how to create curriculum standards to assure maximum student learning.
  • Early Childhood Learning : Can today’s educators reach each child, regardless of cultural, societal, family and related factors that might affect learning and growth?
  • Educational Leadership : Leaders need strategies and skills to evaluate options and criteria that lead to solid decisions on the many issues and options you may face.
  • Educational Technology : Major technological developments have changed student learning, and you need to understand them in order to create, compare, and assess different technological advances.
  • Learning Assessment : How do you translate and evaluate creativity and, when it is utilized, how do you evaluate how much each teaching tool actually contributes to student learning?
  • Educational Administration : Principals need to learn how to hire and evaluate teachers, administer and assess testing, review curriculum, develop staff, use technology, and perform other tasks.
  • American Education : This area of specialization explores how uniquely American learning was developed throughout history.
  • Evaluating Learning in Students Without English as a First Language : America is a melting pot of students who face unique challenges without English. How can we better teach and reach them?
  • Educational Ethics . Doctoral students use case studies to determine whether educational policy implementation, governance and curriculum have achieved an ethical school’s mission.

Remember that this list of core and specialty courses will vary widely at different universities, so be sure to review the course offerings of each school you are considering.

Admissions Requirements

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Like most doctoral programs, admission requirements will differ with each university you consider.

Here are a few of the typical ones:

  • A master’s degree in education or another discipline from an accredited institution, unless your university allows simultaneous completion of a master’s and a doctorate.
  • A completed online application that incudes email addresses for a required number of references and a personal statement describing your personal goals and interests.
  • A valid teaching certificate or an administrative credential from the state where you are employed and a minimum of two years teaching or administrative experience. This requirement varies by university.
  • Official transcripts from all schools you have attended.
  • Some schools require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), while others do not.

Although most universities have these requirements, some institutions have additional criteria, so be sure to compare the colleges that most interest you.

PhD in Elementary Education Accreditation

As you research which university will be the best fit for your doctoral studies, it is very important to choose one that is accredited . The Council for Higher Education (CHEA) assures that the universities it has approved for accreditation meet the highest standards of academic quality.

CHEA goes through a lengthy review of universities who seek accreditation. It evaluates such factors as faculty and administrative qualifications, facilities, and student support services. It requires lengthy written reports and makes personal visits that include interviews with students and staff.

Only those degree-granting institutions that meet its thoughtfully designed criteria will receive accreditation.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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The high cost of graduate education should not be a stumbling block to your quest for a PhD. Fortunately, the Federal government as well as other public and private entities have created programs to help defer some or all of the tuition and other fees.

A good place to start your search for financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program (FAFSA). You may also want to make an appointment with the Financial Aid office at the university you wish to attend as they can help guide you through the process.

In addition to FAFSA, there are many other financial aid sources that should be explored. Check out programs such as work-study, as well as the numerous public and private organizations that offer scholarships or fellowships.

What Can You Do with a PhD in Elementary Education?

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A PhD in Elementary Education can help you gain credibility for a large number of careers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists possibilities within the school system where teachers work, such as assistant principal or principal, and includes leadership positions at the district level such as superintendent.

You may also move to university teaching, administration, or teacher training. You may conduct research into a specific area of interest. Many students also begin careers in local, state or national government where they can use their education to solve the problems that face elementary education today.

How Much Does an Online PhD in Elementary Education Cost?

The cost of a PhD in Elementary Education will depend on many factors, including the number of units required and whether you are attending a public or private university.

Most PhD programs in elementary education will require between 60 and 66 units of credit, with each credit ranging from $350 to $775. Although you will be taking your elementary education degree online , there still may be differentials between the amount per credit paid by in-state and out-of-state students.

How Long Does It Take to Get an Online PhD in Elementary Education?

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The length of time it takes to graduate with a doctorate in elementary education will depend on a number of factors. Online programs typically accommodate the schedules of busy, working students, so the number of units each person takes each semester will vary between full-time and part-time students.

If 60 credit hours are required for graduation, coursework may take about three years. But you must also conduct original research on your dissertation topic of choice. Also, you must write, present, and defend your thesis.

Are There Any Affordable Online PhD in Elementary Education Programs?

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Costs per credit hour will depend on whether the university you choose is public or private, and whether it is in-state or out-of-state. Because you are choosing an online degree, you will likely save money over students who must pay for room and board.

You have more flexibility to choose a university that meets your criteria because you do not regularly have to attend in person. Research accredited programs that maintain excellence, but also offer low per credit costs. And remember that financial aid and scholarships may be able to help.

Is a PhD Better Than an EdD?

The answer depends on your personal interests. Typically, students who pursue a PhD are interested in research in areas in which they want to gain expertise in order to accomplish personal goals. On the other hand, EdD programs focus more on practice.

In many cases, EdD graduates go into administration while those with PhDs pursue university teaching where they can train teachers and continue to pursue research. The lines between these two disciplines often blur, so read course descriptions and catalogues to locate what is best for your goals.

What is the Difference Between an EdD vs. PhD?

Both and EdD and a PhD are highly esteemed graduate degrees. In most cases, PhD students seek to conduct and apply research that will help them solve classroom, community, and student learning problems. They perform original research, analyze their data, develop theories and assess their findings.

A Doctor of Education most often leads to leadership roles in educational systems. Many students become administrators and address problems they have identified within the educational environment under their responsibility. Fortunately, the positive outcomes of both degrees can overlap.

Is a PhD in Elementary Education Worth It?

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Yes, a PhD in Elementary Education is worth it for many students. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, education, training, and library jobs are set to grow at 5% over the next 10 years, faster than the average for all occupations.

Common careers in this field include elementary school administrators, university teachers, educational researchers, as well as policy-makers and implementers at local, state, and federal government levels. There are significant potential rewards with each possibility.

In addition to job security, a doctorate in elementary education can help put you in the driver’s seat for achieving meaningful change. Your passion, knowledge, research, and practical experience may be used to create and assure better futures for the children living in tomorrow’s world.

Universities Offering Online Doctorate in Elementary Education Degree Programs

Methodology: The following school list is in alphabetical order. To be included, a college or university must be regionally accredited and offer degree programs online or in a hybrid format.

Arizona State University campus

Arizona State University’s online Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation helps current educators develop their leadership and professional skills.

This 90 credit hour degree’s coursework includes research, practice, and a critical understanding of K-12, higher education, and SPARC leadership. Students complete a dissertation to round out their education.

Arizona State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Azusa Pacific University campus

Azusa Pacific University’s PhD in Educational Leadership trains the next generation of education leaders and professionals.

This online program readies K-12 educators to create and produce pedagogical outcomes at the classroom, school, and district level. This program is taught by a skilled faculty primarily face-to-face, with other online components.

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

Boise State University campus

At Boise State University, the PhD in Education degree is a program focused on curriculum and pedagogical tools, tailored to individual student needs and objectives. This program’s flexible schedule is made for currently working teachers to continue their education at the doctorate level. The program is designed to help graduates gain the specialized skills to become leaders in education.

Boise State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Brenau University campus

Brenau University’s online Doctorate in Education in Elementary Education trains educators in advanced theory, practice, and pedagogy; a dissertation rounds out the degree. This online degree program lets teachers customize their schedule, and the 54 credit hour degree can be completed in 3 years.

Brenau University  is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Capella University campus

At Capella University, the online Doctor of Education program provides an exceptional education accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Applied research, pedagogical tools, and leadership skills give educators the skills they need to succeed in the classroom and as industry thinkers. The final dissertation includes a capstone project.

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Central Michigan University campus

Central Michigan University’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is a 63 credit hour program for teachers to succeed in higher administration. Students join a cohort to learn and develop their expertise alongside their peers. This balanced program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Central Michigan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

columbus state university campus

Columbus State University’s PhD in Curriculum and Leadership offers an Educational Leadership track whose graduates become experts in policy, pedagogy, and ethical education practices. Three specialization tracks are available to help students gain the knowledge and competence necessary to develop their careers in higher education.

Columbus State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Kennesaw State University campus

At Kennesaw State University, the online Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership provides classroom teachers the instruction and opportunity to develop their leadership and professional skills. Nine credit hours of coursework are dedicated to leadership training while an additional nine locate those skills within an educational environment.

Kennesaw State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Liberty University campus

Liberty University’s PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Elementary Education is an online, 54 credit hour, 3 year program.

This CAEP accredited program is designed to give teachers the pedagogical tools and application necessary to excel in the elementary school classroom setting. Students can learn how to take care of students’ individual needs while designing coursework and learning outcomes.

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

National University campus

At National University, the Doctor of Philosophy in Education focuses on the ideology and application of leadership and knowledge in modern educational settings. An understanding of theoretical pedagogical approaches and frameworks is balanced with specialization, research, and scholarship at an individualized pace and flexible schedule.

National University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

North Greenville University campus

The Doctor of Education program at North Greenville University trains the next generation of education professionals and leaders. This 60 credit hour program is online, designed to help students balance their schedule with their current occupations. Concentrations are available in K-12 and Higher Education Leadership.

North Greenville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Northeastern University campus

Northeastern University’s Doctor of Education is designed to provide education professionals the leadership tools and knowledge necessary to take the next step forward in their careers. Whether as aspiring higher education leaders or career teachers, students can learn online at their own pace and get the NECHE accredited education they need.

Northeastern University  is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

Regent University campus

At Regent University, students of the online PhD in Education are expected to take over 75 credit hours in coursework, working towards becoming experts at education analysis, scholarship, and leadership. This degree can help open the path to a career in higher education. Regent is a top national university as ranked by the US News and World Report.

Regent University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Rowan University campus

Rowan University’s PhD in Educational Leadership is designed to strengthen the curricular knowledge of a K-12 educator or administrator.

This program aims to help students develop policy and organizational mastery alongside pedagogical scholarship and its hands-on application to develop course objectives, lesson plans, and more. This 60 semester hour program has a dissertation and final thesis requirement.

Rowan University  is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education.

Texas A & M University - Commerce campus

Texas A&M University’s online PhD in Curriculum and Instruction provides advanced degree knowledge for any K-12 or higher learning educator. Students learn in a cohort to gain knowledge and assist each other as peers. This 64 credit hour program is completely online and takes an estimated 4 years to complete.

Texas A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Texas Tech University campus

Texas Tech University’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is a 96 credit hour program meant to prepare education leaders for the research and pedagogical work necessary to develop K-12 instruction, curriculum, and management. This program balances knowledge with its application in a flexible online format.

Texas Tech University  is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

University of North Carolina Charlotte campus

University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s PhD in Educational Leadership offers a higher education concentration that includes 48 credit hours of detailed, challenging study.

Students develop an applied dissertation in their area of study related to education, pedagogy, and leadership. Three concentrations are available for educators’ specific career development goals.

UNC Charlotte  is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

University of Northern Colorado campus

At the University of Northern Colorado, the PhD in Educational Leadership presents a flexible online course curriculum aimed at professional development, knowledge, and application. Aspiring K-12 educators can take advantage of online courses to work towards gaining the tools they need to succeed at their own pace. The GRE is required to apply to this program.

The University of Northern Colorado is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Walden University campus

Walden University’s Doctor of Education is a 39 credit hour program that revolves around education leadership in the classroom, school, and community setting. The program is designed to help graduates become advanced educators ready to develop the programs that change student lives for the better. This online program includes an applied research capstone.

Walden is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

William Carey University campus

At William Carey University, the PhD in Education Leadership is designed to develop educators that will change the world at the K-12 level.

This completely online program balances pedagogical knowledge and its practical applications in the classroom and administrative settings. Students can learn together and develop each other’s knowledge in a cohort during their degree program.

William Carey University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Getting Your Doctorate in Elementary Education Online

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Maybe you have already made a career choice and you love it. You are an educator and you want to do more. You see problems. You want solutions. But you realize that you need additional education in order to make a real difference.

An Online Doctorate in Elementary Education can help you move you from one classroom into a new world where the rewards are even greater. Take the first step. Research admissions requirements, course offerings, costs, and career opportunities. The children and your community are waiting.

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Topic Kickstarter: Research topics in education

If you’re just starting out exploring education-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll help kickstart your research topic ideation process by providing a hearty list of research topics and ideas , including examples from actual dissertations and theses..

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We know it’s exciting to run through a list of research topics, but please keep in mind that this list is just a starting point . To develop a suitable education-related research topic, you’ll need to identify a clear and convincing research gap , and a viable plan of action to fill that gap.

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Education-Related Research Topics & Ideas

Below you’ll find a list of education-related research topics and idea kickstarters. These are fairly broad and flexible to various contexts, so keep in mind that you will need to refine them a little. Nevertheless, they should inspire some ideas for your project.

  • The impact of school funding on student achievement
  • The effects of social and emotional learning on student well-being
  • The effects of parental involvement on student behaviour
  • The impact of teacher training on student learning
  • The impact of classroom design on student learning
  • The impact of poverty on education
  • The use of student data to inform instruction
  • The role of parental involvement in education
  • The effects of mindfulness practices in the classroom
  • The use of technology in the classroom
  • The role of critical thinking in education
  • The use of formative and summative assessments in the classroom
  • The use of differentiated instruction in the classroom
  • The use of gamification in education
  • The effects of teacher burnout on student learning
  • The impact of school leadership on student achievement
  • The effects of teacher diversity on student outcomes
  • The role of teacher collaboration in improving student outcomes
  • The implementation of blended and online learning
  • The effects of teacher accountability on student achievement
  • The effects of standardized testing on student learning
  • The effects of classroom management on student behaviour
  • The effects of school culture on student achievement
  • The use of student-centred learning in the classroom
  • The impact of teacher-student relationships on student outcomes
  • The achievement gap in minority and low-income students
  • The use of culturally responsive teaching in the classroom
  • The impact of teacher professional development on student learning
  • The use of project-based learning in the classroom
  • The effects of teacher expectations on student achievement
  • The use of adaptive learning technology in the classroom
  • The impact of teacher turnover on student learning
  • The effects of teacher recruitment and retention on student learning
  • The impact of early childhood education on later academic success
  • The impact of parental involvement on student engagement
  • The use of positive reinforcement in education
  • The impact of school climate on student engagement
  • The role of STEM education in preparing students for the workforce
  • The effects of school choice on student achievement
  • The use of technology in the form of online tutoring

Level-Specific Research Topics

Looking for research topics for a specific level of education? We’ve got you covered. Below you can find research topic ideas for primary, secondary and tertiary-level education contexts. Click the relevant level to view the respective list.

Research Topics: Pick An Education Level

Primary education.

  • Investigating the effects of peer tutoring on academic achievement in primary school
  • Exploring the benefits of mindfulness practices in primary school classrooms
  • Examining the effects of different teaching strategies on primary school students’ problem-solving skills
  • The use of storytelling as a teaching strategy in primary school literacy instruction
  • The role of cultural diversity in promoting tolerance and understanding in primary schools
  • The impact of character education programs on moral development in primary school students
  • Investigating the use of technology in enhancing primary school mathematics education
  • The impact of inclusive curriculum on promoting equity and diversity in primary schools
  • The impact of outdoor education programs on environmental awareness in primary school students
  • The influence of school climate on student motivation and engagement in primary schools
  • Investigating the effects of early literacy interventions on reading comprehension in primary school students
  • The impact of parental involvement in school decision-making processes on student achievement in primary schools
  • Exploring the benefits of inclusive education for students with special needs in primary schools
  • Investigating the effects of teacher-student feedback on academic motivation in primary schools
  • The role of technology in developing digital literacy skills in primary school students
  • Effective strategies for fostering a growth mindset in primary school students
  • Investigating the role of parental support in reducing academic stress in primary school children
  • The role of arts education in fostering creativity and self-expression in primary school students
  • Examining the effects of early childhood education programs on primary school readiness
  • Examining the effects of homework on primary school students’ academic performance
  • The role of formative assessment in improving learning outcomes in primary school classrooms
  • The impact of teacher-student relationships on academic outcomes in primary school
  • Investigating the effects of classroom environment on student behavior and learning outcomes in primary schools
  • Investigating the role of creativity and imagination in primary school curriculum
  • The impact of nutrition and healthy eating programs on academic performance in primary schools
  • The impact of social-emotional learning programs on primary school students’ well-being and academic performance
  • The role of parental involvement in academic achievement of primary school children
  • Examining the effects of classroom management strategies on student behavior in primary school
  • The role of school leadership in creating a positive school climate Exploring the benefits of bilingual education in primary schools
  • The effectiveness of project-based learning in developing critical thinking skills in primary school students
  • The role of inquiry-based learning in fostering curiosity and critical thinking in primary school students
  • The effects of class size on student engagement and achievement in primary schools
  • Investigating the effects of recess and physical activity breaks on attention and learning in primary school
  • Exploring the benefits of outdoor play in developing gross motor skills in primary school children
  • The effects of educational field trips on knowledge retention in primary school students
  • Examining the effects of inclusive classroom practices on students’ attitudes towards diversity in primary schools
  • The impact of parental involvement in homework on primary school students’ academic achievement
  • Investigating the effectiveness of different assessment methods in primary school classrooms
  • The influence of physical activity and exercise on cognitive development in primary school children
  • Exploring the benefits of cooperative learning in promoting social skills in primary school students

Secondary Education

  • Investigating the effects of school discipline policies on student behavior and academic success in secondary education
  • The role of social media in enhancing communication and collaboration among secondary school students
  • The impact of school leadership on teacher effectiveness and student outcomes in secondary schools
  • Investigating the effects of technology integration on teaching and learning in secondary education
  • Exploring the benefits of interdisciplinary instruction in promoting critical thinking skills in secondary schools
  • The impact of arts education on creativity and self-expression in secondary school students
  • The effectiveness of flipped classrooms in promoting student learning in secondary education
  • The role of career guidance programs in preparing secondary school students for future employment
  • Investigating the effects of student-centered learning approaches on student autonomy and academic success in secondary schools
  • The impact of socio-economic factors on educational attainment in secondary education
  • Investigating the impact of project-based learning on student engagement and academic achievement in secondary schools
  • Investigating the effects of multicultural education on cultural understanding and tolerance in secondary schools
  • The influence of standardized testing on teaching practices and student learning in secondary education
  • Investigating the effects of classroom management strategies on student behavior and academic engagement in secondary education
  • The influence of teacher professional development on instructional practices and student outcomes in secondary schools
  • The role of extracurricular activities in promoting holistic development and well-roundedness in secondary school students
  • Investigating the effects of blended learning models on student engagement and achievement in secondary education
  • The role of physical education in promoting physical health and well-being among secondary school students
  • Investigating the effects of gender on academic achievement and career aspirations in secondary education
  • Exploring the benefits of multicultural literature in promoting cultural awareness and empathy among secondary school students
  • The impact of school counseling services on student mental health and well-being in secondary schools
  • Exploring the benefits of vocational education and training in preparing secondary school students for the workforce
  • The role of digital literacy in preparing secondary school students for the digital age
  • The influence of parental involvement on academic success and well-being of secondary school students
  • The impact of social-emotional learning programs on secondary school students’ well-being and academic success
  • The role of character education in fostering ethical and responsible behavior in secondary school students
  • Examining the effects of digital citizenship education on responsible and ethical technology use among secondary school students
  • The impact of parental involvement in school decision-making processes on student outcomes in secondary schools
  • The role of educational technology in promoting personalized learning experiences in secondary schools
  • The impact of inclusive education on the social and academic outcomes of students with disabilities in secondary schools
  • The influence of parental support on academic motivation and achievement in secondary education
  • The role of school climate in promoting positive behavior and well-being among secondary school students
  • Examining the effects of peer mentoring programs on academic achievement and social-emotional development in secondary schools
  • Examining the effects of teacher-student relationships on student motivation and achievement in secondary schools
  • Exploring the benefits of service-learning programs in promoting civic engagement among secondary school students
  • The impact of educational policies on educational equity and access in secondary education
  • Examining the effects of homework on academic achievement and student well-being in secondary education
  • Investigating the effects of different assessment methods on student performance in secondary schools
  • Examining the effects of single-sex education on academic performance and gender stereotypes in secondary schools
  • The role of mentoring programs in supporting the transition from secondary to post-secondary education

Tertiary Education

  • The role of student support services in promoting academic success and well-being in higher education
  • The impact of internationalization initiatives on students’ intercultural competence and global perspectives in tertiary education
  • Investigating the effects of active learning classrooms and learning spaces on student engagement and learning outcomes in tertiary education
  • Exploring the benefits of service-learning experiences in fostering civic engagement and social responsibility in higher education
  • The influence of learning communities and collaborative learning environments on student academic and social integration in higher education
  • Exploring the benefits of undergraduate research experiences in fostering critical thinking and scientific inquiry skills
  • Investigating the effects of academic advising and mentoring on student retention and degree completion in higher education
  • The role of student engagement and involvement in co-curricular activities on holistic student development in higher education
  • The impact of multicultural education on fostering cultural competence and diversity appreciation in higher education
  • The role of internships and work-integrated learning experiences in enhancing students’ employability and career outcomes
  • Examining the effects of assessment and feedback practices on student learning and academic achievement in tertiary education
  • The influence of faculty professional development on instructional practices and student outcomes in tertiary education
  • The influence of faculty-student relationships on student success and well-being in tertiary education
  • The impact of college transition programs on students’ academic and social adjustment to higher education
  • The impact of online learning platforms on student learning outcomes in higher education
  • The impact of financial aid and scholarships on access and persistence in higher education
  • The influence of student leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities on personal development and campus engagement
  • Exploring the benefits of competency-based education in developing job-specific skills in tertiary students
  • Examining the effects of flipped classroom models on student learning and retention in higher education
  • Exploring the benefits of online collaboration and virtual team projects in developing teamwork skills in tertiary students
  • Investigating the effects of diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus climate and student experiences in tertiary education
  • The influence of study abroad programs on intercultural competence and global perspectives of college students
  • Investigating the effects of peer mentoring and tutoring programs on student retention and academic performance in tertiary education
  • Investigating the effectiveness of active learning strategies in promoting student engagement and achievement in tertiary education
  • Investigating the effects of blended learning models and hybrid courses on student learning and satisfaction in higher education
  • The role of digital literacy and information literacy skills in supporting student success in the digital age
  • Investigating the effects of experiential learning opportunities on career readiness and employability of college students
  • The impact of e-portfolios on student reflection, self-assessment, and showcasing of learning in higher education
  • The role of technology in enhancing collaborative learning experiences in tertiary classrooms
  • The impact of research opportunities on undergraduate student engagement and pursuit of advanced degrees
  • Examining the effects of competency-based assessment on measuring student learning and achievement in tertiary education
  • Examining the effects of interdisciplinary programs and courses on critical thinking and problem-solving skills in college students
  • The role of inclusive education and accessibility in promoting equitable learning experiences for diverse student populations
  • The role of career counseling and guidance in supporting students’ career decision-making in tertiary education
  • The influence of faculty diversity and representation on student success and inclusive learning environments in higher education

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Education-Related Dissertations & Theses

While the ideas we’ve presented above are a decent starting point for finding a research topic in education, they are fairly generic and non-specific. So, it helps to look at actual dissertations and theses in the education space to see how this all comes together in practice.

Below, we’ve included a selection of education-related research projects to help refine your thinking. These are actual dissertations and theses, written as part of Master’s and PhD-level programs, so they can provide some useful insight as to what a research topic looks like in practice.

  • From Rural to Urban: Education Conditions of Migrant Children in China (Wang, 2019)
  • Energy Renovation While Learning English: A Guidebook for Elementary ESL Teachers (Yang, 2019)
  • A Reanalyses of Intercorrelational Matrices of Visual and Verbal Learners’ Abilities, Cognitive Styles, and Learning Preferences (Fox, 2020)
  • A study of the elementary math program utilized by a mid-Missouri school district (Barabas, 2020)
  • Instructor formative assessment practices in virtual learning environments : a posthumanist sociomaterial perspective (Burcks, 2019)
  • Higher education students services: a qualitative study of two mid-size universities’ direct exchange programs (Kinde, 2020)
  • Exploring editorial leadership : a qualitative study of scholastic journalism advisers teaching leadership in Missouri secondary schools (Lewis, 2020)
  • Selling the virtual university: a multimodal discourse analysis of marketing for online learning (Ludwig, 2020)
  • Advocacy and accountability in school counselling: assessing the use of data as related to professional self-efficacy (Matthews, 2020)
  • The use of an application screening assessment as a predictor of teaching retention at a midwestern, K-12, public school district (Scarbrough, 2020)
  • Core values driving sustained elite performance cultures (Beiner, 2020)
  • Educative features of upper elementary Eureka math curriculum (Dwiggins, 2020)
  • How female principals nurture adult learning opportunities in successful high schools with challenging student demographics (Woodward, 2020)
  • The disproportionality of Black Males in Special Education: A Case Study Analysis of Educator Perceptions in a Southeastern Urban High School (McCrae, 2021)

As you can see, these research topics are a lot more focused than the generic topic ideas we presented earlier. So, in order for you to develop a high-quality research topic, you’ll need to get specific and laser-focused on a specific context with specific variables of interest.  In the video below, we explore some other important things you’ll need to consider when crafting your research topic.

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Topics for education research usually comprise school research topics, research problems in education, qualitative research topics in education, and concept paper topics about education to mention a few.

If you’re looking for research titles about education,  you’re reading the right post! This article contains 110 of the best education research topics that will come in handy when you need to choose one for your research. From sample research topics in education, to research titles examples for high school students about education – we have it all.

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The best research titles about education must be done through the detailed process of exploring previous works and improving personal knowledge.

Here are some good research topics in education to consider.

What Are Good Research Topics Related to Education?

  • The role of Covid-19 in reinvigorating online learning
  • The growth of cognitive abilities through leisure experiences
  • The merits of group study in education
  • Merits and demerits of traditional learning methods
  • The impact of homework on traditional and modern education
  • Student underdevelopment as a result of larger class volumes
  • Advantages of digital textbooks in learning
  • The struggle of older generations in computer education
  • The standards of learning  in the various academic levels
  • Bullying and its effects on educational and mental health
  • Exceptional education tutors: Is the need for higher pay justifiable?

The following examples of research titles about education for college students are ideal for a project that will take a long duration to complete. Here are some education topics for research that you can consider for your degree.

  • Modern classroom difficulties of students and teachers
  • Strategies to reform the learning difficulties within schools
  • The rising cost of tuition and its burden on middle-class parents
  • The concept of creativity among public schools and how it can be harnessed
  • Major difficulties experienced in academic staff training
  • Evaluating the learning cultures of college students
  • Use of scientific development techniques in student learning
  • Research of skill development in high school and college students
  • Modern grading methods in underdeveloped institutions
  • Dissertations and the difficulties surrounding their completion
  • Integration of new gender categories in personalized learning

These research topics about education require a direct quantitative analysis and study of major ideas and arguments. They often contain general statistics and figures to back up regular research. Some of such research topics in education include:

  • The relationship between poor education and increased academic fees
  • Creating a social link between homeschool and traditional schoolgoers
  • The relationship between teacher satisfaction and student performance
  • The divide between public and private school performance
  • The merits of parental involvement in students’ cognitive growth.
  • A study on child welfare and its impact on educational development
  • The relationship between academic performance and economic growth
  • Urbanization in rural areas and its contribution to institutional growth
  • The relationship between students and professors in dissertation writing
  • The link between debt accumulation and student loans
  • Boarding schools and regular schools: The role these two school types play in cognitive development

Educational-related topics used for a thesis normally require a wide aspect of study and enough educational materials.  Here are some education research topics you can use for your thesis.

  • The difficulties of bilingual education in private universities
  • Homework and its impact on learning processes in college education
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  • Social media research topics and their educational functions
  • A detailed educational review of student learning via virtual reality techniques
  • Ethnicities in universities and their participation in group activities
  • The modern approach to self-studying for college students
  • Developing time management skills in modern education
  • Guidelines for teacher development in advanced educational institutions
  • The need for religious education in boarding schools
  • A measure of cognitive development using digital learning methods

A research title about school issues focuses on activities surrounding the school environment and its effects on students, teachers, parents, and education in general. Below are some sample research titles in education, relating to school issues.

  • Learning English in bilingual schools
  • A study of teachers’ role as parent figures on school grounds
  • Addressing the increased use of illegal substances and their effects in schools
  • The benefits of after-class activities for foreign students
  • Assessing student and teacher relationships
  • A study of the best methods to implement safety rules in school
  • Major obstacles in meeting school schedules using boarding students as a case study
  • The need for counseling in public and private schools: Which is greater?
  • Academic volunteering in understaffed public schools
  • Modern techniques for curbing school violence among college students
  • The advantages and disadvantages of teacher unions in schools

As you create your proposed list of research topics in education, consider scientific journals for referencing purposes. Here are some Ph.D. research titles for education.

  • The modern methods of academic research writing
  • The role of colleges in advanced mental care
  • The merits and demerits of Ph.D. studies in Europe and Africa
  • Interpersonal relationships between students and professors in advanced institutions
  • A review of community colleges: merits and demerits
  • Assessing racism in academic ethnic minorities
  • The psychological changes of students in higher education
  • The questionable standards of student loan provisions
  • The merits of personalized teaching techniques in colleges
  • The wage gap between private and public university teachers
  • Teacher responsibilities in private universities versus public universities

The research topics in elementary education in 2023 are very different from the elementary education research topics from five or ten years ago. This creates interesting grounds for different research titles for elementary education.

Here are some elementary education title research ideas.

  • Assessing quick computer literacy among elementary school pupils.
  • The role of video games in childhood brain development
  • Male vs female role models in early education periods
  • The advantages of digital textbooks in elementary schools
  • The impact of modern curriculums on elementary education
  • Lack of proper school grooming is a cause of violence.
  • Should elementary school children be taught about LGBTQ?
  • A review of the need for sexual education in elementary schools
  • The effects of emotional dependence in early childhood learners.
  • The need for constant technology supervision of elementary school students
  • Advantages of computer-guided education in elementary schools

Here are some research title examples for students taking online classes.

  • The academic difficulties experienced by online students.
  • A study of decreased attention in online classes
  • The upsides and downsides of online education
  • The rising fees of online and traditional education in universities
  • A detailed study on the necessity of college internships
  • The need to provide college scholarships based on environmental achievements
  • How online education terminates university fraternities and sororities.
  • The role of academic supervisors in career selection
  • Why interactive assignments improved learning capabilities during the pandemic
  • Merits of education in online learning environments
  • Why online lessons are the least effective for some college students

The modular learning approach focuses primarily on learning outcomes. Here are some examples of research titles about modular learning.

  • Modular learning and the role of teachers in its execution
  • Teaching techniques of religious institutions
  • Potential risks of accelerated learning
  • Modular learning on students’ future performances
  • The general overview of modular learning amongst students
  • The modern Advantages and disadvantages of inclusive classes
  • Observing student developments in modular learning
  • Music therapy for fostering modular learning techniques
  • The creation of a personalized curriculum for students.
  • Applications of modular learning both in home-schooling?
  • The benefits of modular learning towards creating a more holistic educational system

These research title examples about education answer important questions and they can also be argumentative essay topics .

Here are some titles of research about education questions.

  • What impacts do learning approaches provide for students?
  • How can schools manage their increasing gender differences?
  • What fosters the provision of learning needs?
  • What are the best educational recruitment methods?
  • How can cognitive development improve education?
  • How can you assess the moral growth of institutions?
  • What are the primary causes of educational differences in geographical locations?
  • How can institutions address increasing mental health needs?
  • Why is early intervention essential in students with mental health setbacks?
  • What are the characteristics of mental health deterioration among students?
  • What techniques are acceptable in regulating the violence of students in institutions

Some of the research title examples about education include:

  • How do schools create more personalized learning methods?
  • Evaluating mental health setbacks during education
  • The impact of modern technology on special education
  • The cognitive improvements via specialized learning in dyslexic children
  • The psychological link between dyslexia and bullying in high school
  • Impact of social isolation in special education classes
  • The difficulties in providing specialized learning environments
  • A study of orphan students with disabilities and their aptitudes for learning
  • How special classes improve the self-esteem of disabled students.
  • How to use modern teaching techniques in unique learning environments.
  • A study of the application of digital games to autistic learning

Final words about education research topics

We have provided some reliable examples of a research topic about education you can use for your thesis. You can use these research titles in education to cultivate your ideas, create inspiration, or for online research. Remember always to select a topic that you’re naturally passionate about and do diligent research, and reach out to our professional writing services if you need any help.

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