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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

Effects of a Self-Monitoring Tracking System Combined With Blended Learning Intervention Time on Students’ Self-Regulated Learning Skills And Academic Performance , Jennifer E. Augustine

Reading Strategies: Impact on Fifth Grade African American Males’ Reading Comprehension and Motivation to Read , Patrice Antoinette Barrett

Tip of the Iceberg in Changing School Culture: Acknowledging and Addressing Microaggressions , Nicole Lauren Becker

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

A Study of Computational Thinking Skills and Attitudes Towards Computer Science with Middle School Students , Lorien W. Cafarella

Mitigating Student Anxiety in the Secondary Classroom: A Culturally Sustaining Approach , Erin Hawley Cronin

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

Empowering Teachers to Support MTSS Students: An Action Research Study , Sahalija Dentico

Multisensory Phonics Instruction in Struggling Readers , Amanda M. Dixon

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

Instructional Coaching: A Support for Increasing Engagement in Middle School Mathematics , Christi Ritchie Edwards

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

Faculty Perceptions of Readiness and Confidence for Teaching Online: An Evaluation of Online Professional Development , Kevin Brent Forman

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

The Effect of Computer-Based Learning Modules on Pre-Algebra Student Proficiency and Self-Efficacy in Manipulating Math Expressions Involving Negative Signs , Brian Charles Grimm

Exploring Literary Responses to Culturally Relevant Texts Through an AsianCrit Lens: A Collective Case Study of Chinese American Students in a Community-Based Book Club , Wenyu Guo

The Influence and Impacts of Critical Literacy Intervention in Preservice Teachers Culturally Responsive Teaching Self-Efficacy: A Mixed Methods Study , Heather Lynn Hall

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

University, City, and Community: Athletics Urban Renewal Projects and the University of South Carolina’s Carolina Coliseum and Blatt Physical Education Center, 1964–1971 , Theresa M. Harrison

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

Supporting Black Students in Sixth-Grade Science Through a Social Constructivist Approach: A Mixed-Methods Action Research Study , Kirk Anthony Heath

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

Multimodal Digital Literacy Practices: Perspectives of L2 Academic Writing Instructors , Priscila Jovazino Bastos Medrado Costa

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

STEM Educators’ Perceptions of Gender Bias and the Contributing Factors That Persist for Women in STEM Education , Haleigh Nicole Kirkland

A Qualitative Study Examining and Comparing Families’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of School Readiness , Shalonya Cerika Knotts

The Evolution of Contextualized, Discourse-based Professional Development to Support Elementary Teachers in the Implementation of Conceptual Mathematical Teaching Practices , Jennifer Aren Kueter

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

Increasing Math Knowledge in 3 rd Grade: Evaluating Student Use & Teacher Perceptions of Imagine Math , Paoze Lee

Utilizing Case Studies to Increase Critical Thinking in an Undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology Classroom , Sarah E. Lehman

Exploring Chinese International Students’ Motivational Factors in Non-Mandatory Event Participation , Aimin Liao

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

Measuring the Impact of Peer Coaching on Teacher Effectiveness at Friendship County High School , Whittney Michele McPherson

The Effects of Technology Integration on Academic Performance and Engagement of Third Grade Social Studies Students: A Mixed Methods Study , Ashley Megregian

Supporting LGBTQ+ ELA Students Through Action Research , Nicole Mustaccio

What Are They Thinking?: A Qualitative Study of Secondary Students’ Critical Thinking in Online Classes , Scott Allan Nolt

Shakespeare in Virtual Reality: Social Presence of Students in a Virtual Reality Book Club , John Funchess Ott Jr.

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

A Descriptive Study of Factors That Support and Hinder Classroom Discourse With English Learners , Jillian Camille Plum

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 a Literacy Program on Summer Reading Setback: Providing Access to Books and Project-Based Learning , Tiffany Gayle Robles

An Examination of Semester-Long Review of Behavior Referral Data at a High School in a Southeastern State , Shalanda L. Shuler

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

1, 2, 3: Counting on Problem Based Learning to Improve Mathematical Achievement in African American Students , Kelley P. Spahr

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

Where Race Has No Place: English Teachers’ Efforts to Maintain Space for Diversity in the ELA Classroom , Muzical D. Waite

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

Co-Teaching at the High School: One School's Approach to Create a Sustainable Co-Teaching Program Using Collaborative Learning and Learner Centered Theories , John Kegan Flynn

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

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Dissertations from 2023 2023

Validating Middle School Principals' Opinions about the Impact of Investments , David Adler, Education



The puzzle of debutant INGO participation in Guatemala’s National Reading Program Leamos Juntos: A comparative and multi-sited case study , Jacob A. Carter, Education

Youth Producing Voice: A Video-cued Ethnography of a Media Education Classroom , Isabel C. Castellanos, Education

The Im/possibilities of (Un)making In-school Pregnancy and Student Motherhood [as Praxis]: Schooling Post-Pregnancy Amidst Health and Social Crises in Malawi , Pempho Chinkondenji, Education

I’ve (Urn)ed This: An Application and Criterion-based Evaluation of the Urnings Algorithm , Ted Daisher, Education

Heritage Language Learning in College: (Performing)(Becoming)(Belonging) Through Assemblages , Margaret A. Felis, Education

‘You Crazy’: Examination of Black Transnational Collegians’ Mental Health at` Historically White Institutions , Patricia Feraud-King, Education


Black Male Trauma , Gerald D. Fonville, Education

Maintaining the Same Test Administration Time Across Translated Forms – Fairness and Validity Considerations , Alejandra Amador Garcia, Education

Conceptualizing Social Mathematical Empowerment: What is the Curricular Connection? , Alicia C. Gonzales, Education

Stakeholder Perspectives of School Discipline: A Social Ecological Exploration , Megan D. Grant, Education

Ensuring Culturally Inclusive Online Learning for International Students: A Delphi Study to Identify Requisite Instructor Competencies , Kristen Lina Heaster-Ekholm, Education

Leveraging Community Cultural Wealth Through Counterspaces and Counterstories: A Black Administrator’s Autoethnography , Renee G. Heywood, Education

The Professionalization of Collegiate Recreation and the Educational Pathways of its Practitioners: An Exploratory Study , Jason R. Incorvati, Education


Accreditation of Teaching and Research Universities in Afghanistan: A Policy Implementation Analysis , Sayed Javid Mussawy, Education

The Impact of Special Education Status and Text-to-Speech on Test-Taker Engagement , Maura O'Riordan, Education

Unsettling Resettlement: African Refugees in the US and the Paradoxes of Economic Self-Sufficiency , Mariam Rashid, Education





Understanding Faculty Use of Learning Management Systems in U.S. Higher Education , Minghui Tai, Education


Harnessing Untapped Potential: A Theory for Engaging Recent Graduates in Alumni Advocacy to Support Institutional Advancement Goals , Erin M. Valencik, Education

Aberrant Response Detection: Incorporating Cumulative Sum Control Chart and Change-Point Analysis , Siyu Wan, Education

Dissertations from 2022 2022

Conceptualization and Operationalization of College Readiness for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Grounded Theory Study with Transition Stakeholders , Jordan A. Abbott, Education


“We’re Not Born to be Quiet. Things Make You That Way”: Student Voices and Perspectives on Developing a Culturally Sustaining Trauma Informed School , Lisa C. Amato, Education

A Comparison Of Guided Reading And Systematic Phonics Approaches To Supplementary Reading Instruction , Madeline R. Berkowitz, Education

Building Together: Problem Solving for Sustainability Consciousness , Paul M. Bocko, Education


Education Assemblage: Tracing and Undermining Raciality in the Era of Standardization and Accountability , Chalais Carter, Education

How Well Does the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program Work for Black Men? A Mixed Methods Study , MICHAEL A. DEJESUS III, Education

Examining Small-group Discourse Through the Lens of Students’ Beliefs about Mathematics and The Instructional Triangle , Jennifer Ericson, Education


New Ways of Being and Knowing: Women Ph.D. Students Exploring Embodiment through Feminist Phenomenological Photovoice , Anna Fox Reilly, Education

Examining Parents Who Are English Language Learners with Reading Difficulties: Their Experiences of Their Diverse Children's Literacy Learning , Ellen Ho, Education

Quality of Life for Women with Chronic Lyme Disease: A Socioeconomic Investigation , Dale M. Jones, Education


World-Class Universities and the Imitation Game: The Reality of the Global South , Koboul E. Mansour, Education



Who Benefits from Deferred Entry to College?: Exploring the Relationships between College Deferment, Postsecondary Academic Success, and Institutional Selectivity , Gabriel Reif, Education

Active Choice or Default Decision? When Families Who Reside in a Competitive School Choice Environment Enroll Children in Their District Schools , Julie Spencer-Robinson, Education

The Gendered, Racialized, & Dis/Abled Experiences of Neurodivergent Black Women Graduate Students Across Higher Education , Kat Stephens, Education

Avatars & Choice: Fostering Student Agency, Engagement, and Equity in Assessment , Sandra M. Sweeney, Education

Alt-Education: Gender, language, and education across the right , Catherine Tebaldi, Education


Learning by Doing: Preparing Student Activists for Democratic Engagement , Marjorie G. Valdivia, Education

Dissertations from 2021 2021



Using Generalizability and Rasch Measurement Theory to Ensure Rigorous Measurement in an International Development Education Evaluation , Louise Bahry, Education

Defining Inclusion: Surveying Educator Perceptions and Practices in Chile , Christina A. Bosch, Education

Critical Language Awareness in the Multilingual Writing Classroom: A Self-Study of Teacher Feedback Practices , Emma R. Britton, Education


Measurement Invariance Across Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Populations on PISA Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Scales , Maritza Casas, Education

Administrators of General and Special Education Perceptions of Leadership Practices for Supporting Inclusive Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities , Kimberly B. Cass, Education



"Take it with You": Humanizing and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies as Racial Literacy in Undergraduate Education , Robert Jamaal Downey, Education

Evaluating Approaches for Dealing with Omitted Items in Large-Scale Assessments , Seong Eun Hong, Education



Exploring the Role of Community Cultural Wealth in College Access and Transition: A Narrative Inquiry of Students from Refugee Backgrounds , Diep H. Luu, Education

Making Meaning of Equity in a Computer Science for All Research Practitioner Partnership , Itza D. Martínez, Education

Shifting to critical empathy: Exploring the ideological becoming of secondary teachers during critical, dialogic professional development , Maria McSorley, Education

Massachusetts Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: A Mixed Methods Workforce Study , Kym Meyer, Education

The Voices and Lived Academic Experiences of International Doctoral Student Mothers , Mishka Murad, Education




Critical Multicultural Engagement with Children's Texts: Perspectives, Power, and Positioning , Jasmine A. Robinson, Education

Collaboration, Collective Agency, and Solidarity Through Participatory Action Research in Puerto Rico , Aurora Santiago Ortiz, Education

Rupture and Resistance in Third Space: Examining Black Girls’ Schooling Experiences at a Private Elite School , Alisha L. Smith Jean-Denis, Education

Caught between Spaces: Korean Adult EFL/ESL Female Speakers’ Negotiating Social Identities in Online English Study Groups , Rayoung Song, Education


The power of perception: social cohesion, child protection and access to education in conflict-affected communities in South Sudan , Wendy L. Wheaton, Education

Dissertations from 2020 2020

Experiences of Uzbek Immigrant Parents with Public Schools in New York City: Parental Engagement , Mekhribon Abdullaeva, Education

Building Capacity for Academically Productive Talk: The Development of Teacher Leaders in Science Professional Development , Renee Affolter, Education




“In Our Very Flesh, (R)evolution”: An Exploration of Secondary Education Teachers, Otherness, and Embodiment , Ryan Ambuter, Education


Teacher Interactions, Teacher Bias and Child Behavioral Health , Ellen E. Edge, Education

Locating Safe Spaces for Food Insecure Female Community College Students , Michelle Errington Nicholson, Education

Mobilities Through and Against Governance: Narratives from Lesvos, Greece and the Humanitarian Borderscapes of the EU , Jennifer Flemming, Education

The Institutional Pillars of China's National College Entrance Exam: A Case Study of Gaozhong High School and NCEE Reforms , Mei Lan Frame, Education


“I Missed A Lot of Childhood Memories”: Trauma and its Impact on Learning for Formerly Incarcerated Adolescents in the Age of Zero Tolerance Policies , Alberto Guerrero, Education

How Are Online Homework Help Aids Affecting Student Learning in Undergraduate Applied Calculus , Erica Hagedorn, Education


Are Some Horizons Broader than Others? Study Abroad, Inequality, and the Influence on Careers and Education. , Suzan Kommers, Education


Exploring Multiracial Consciousness: Voices of Multiracial Students at a Predominantly White Institution , Victoria K. Malaney Brown, Education

Teachers Co-Constructing Multilingual and Multimodal Digital Literacy Practices: Examining Critical Transnational Professional Development , Rosa A. Medina Riveros, Education

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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.

“The Issue is Already There; Just have the Conversation!”: Culturally Sustaining Reflection in the Student Teaching Triad , Hanna M. Asrat

“It Feels Like a Cultural Shift": Parent School Selection and Experiences with School Choice at Title I Schools , Christina Lee Ballantyne

Beyond Social Emotional Learning: Toward a Humanizing and Transformative Teacher SEL , ash ray busby

The Effect of Covid-19 on The Decision-Making Processes of Local School Governing Boards with Regard to Considering and Enacting State and Federal Policies , J Jesus Contreras

We are Here - Underrepresentation of Asian-American women in TK-12 leadership positions in California public schools and districts , Padmavathy Desikachari

Ethnic Studies Implementation in a K-8 District: Culture, Critical Consciousness and Collective Efficacy , Genvieve Dorsey

How Can I Help You Today? How First-Generation Latinx/A/O Community College Students Perceive Counseling , Isaac Escoto

Edible Learning: School Food Service Programming and Experiential Education that Promote Sustainable Agriculture and Better Nutritional Health , Kristina Grasty

Never Too Young: The Existence, Impact, and Sustainability of Ethnic Studies in Elementary School , Angela R. Guzmán

Voice of the Inaudible: Well-Being of Chinese American Young Adults, Chinese American Parents’ Parenting Competency, and the Correlation of the Two , Diana Huang

Cultivating Parental Participation and Community Engagement Through Building a Culinary Garden and Teaching Kitchen: Latinx Perspectives on Parental Participation in a Community School , Jaclynne Michelle Medina

The Challenge of Embedding Soft Skills into Career Technical Education: An Analysis of Two Current Models , Renée Rana Kazemipour Paquier

Influencers of the Institution: Millennial Women of Color on Leadership as Classified Professionals in California Community Colleges , Marisol Quevedo

When She Speaks: A Black Feminist Autoethnography Exploring Joy and Positionality in Higher Education , Leslye M. Tinson

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

An Exploratory Study on How Math Stories Engage Young Learners in Mathematical Sense-Making , Maria Gigi Carunungan

And Still, I Rise: Madre Poderosas in the Pursuit of Work-Life Justice in Educational Leadership Roles , Janet Gutierrez

The Role of School Counselors in Advocating for Social Justice For All Students During the Covid-19 Pandemic , Amna Jaffer

Communal Storywork: Deaf Education and the Latine Community , noralee jasso

Academic Trajectories of Students with Disabilities and Caregiver Perspectives on Distance Learning in the COVID-19 Pandemic , Charlene Lee

Vicks in the Classroom: A Study on the Effects of Teacher Cultural Awareness on Hispanic/Latinx Student Discipline , Arthur A. Maldonado

Pertenecemos: Trajectories of Belonging, Knowing, and Discovering for Underrepresented Undergraduate Communicative Disorders and Sciences Students in California State Universities , Marcella C. McCollum

Student Engagement and Universal Design for Learning (UDL): A Community College Case Study , Candice R. Nance

Culturally Responsive School Leadership in Continuation High Schools: An Alternative Approach in Leadership Styles , Roberto C. Portillo

Factors That Contribute to Lower Enrollments of Underrepresented Minority and Female Graduate Students in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Bay Area California State University Campuses and Mitigating Factors From Student Perspectives , Noah G. Price

Core Principles of Early Childhood Education Through the Lens of California's Transitional Kindergarten Teachers and Administrators , Furwa T. Rizvi

Understanding Unrecognized Chicana Leadership: Adversity, Resilience, Healing, and Liberation , Blanca Tavera

An Unconventional Pathway: A Qualitative Inquiry Into the Experience of Racial Minority Transfer Students , Hanh My Mai Tran

Faculty and Administrator Perspectives on Campus Internationalization at Selected California State University and University of California Campuses: Individual Efforts and Interconnected Roles , Parinaz Zartoshty

“I Think I’ve Always Thought I Have to Prove Myself”: Interpretations, Perceptions, and Teacher Sensemaking at a Distance , Rafael Zavala

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Closing the Gaps: Understanding and Disrupting Deficit Thinking and Exclusionary Discipline Practices in a Latinx School , Edgar Ivan Alcaraz

Administrator Stress and Well-Being: Lessons Learned from Retired Administrators , Carrie Bosco

An Analysis of Job Stress As Experienced by Public School Site Administrators , Joseph A. Bosco

When ASCA and MTSS Merge: A case study on counselor capacity and the implementation and monitoring of Tier Two interventions , Tram "Nikki" Dang

Unpacking Educational Harm: Parent and Teacher Perceptions of English Learners , Amalia Guzmán Ayala

The Effectiveness of California's System of Support: Dashboard and Differentiated Assistance, As Perceived by County Office of Education, Court and Community School Administrators , Jennifer Izant Gonzales

The Criteria For Developing A TK-12 Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum , Taunya Marie Jaco

The Role of Self-Efficacy and Academic Mindset on Middle School Math Achievement for At Promise Youth: An Explanatory Study , Michael Lockwood Mansfield

Corporal Punishment in Eastern Nigeria , Gerald N. Nwafor

Unresolved Issue in Education: Disproportionate Disciplining of Hispanic Students in Education , Richard Ruiz

Subaltern Leadership Epistemologies: A Phenomenological Study of Filipinx Administrative Leaders in Higher Education , Tricia Ryan

Perceptions of the Influence of Cell Phones and Social Media Usage On Students’ Academic Performance , Anne Tran

Exploring the Deleterious Connection between Tradional School Discipline Practices and Male Latino Students who have Endured Adverse Childhood Experiences: An Exploratory Study in Northern California. , Sonia Vargas

Effects of Extra-Curricular Project-Based Learning Experiences on Self-Efficacy and Interest in STEM Fields in High School , Taihao Kevin Wan

The Effects of Academic Performance, Demographic Characteristics, Work, and Personal Experiences on Admissions to a Clinical Laboratory Science Training Program , Mara Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Expanding and Improving High-Quality Early Care and Education in California: Is There Alignment Between Policymakers and the Public? , Heidi Schmidt Emberling

Understanding the Barriers, Bridges and Bases to Inclusion Instruction for Secondary Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities , Angela Renee Lyte Crowther

Construction of Classroom Community in a Full-Inclusion District: Comparative Case Studies with Elementary School Teachers , Tri Nguyen

The Impact of the Language of Instruction on Second-Grade Latinx Emergent Bilinguals’ Understanding of Place Value in Two Spanish-English Transitional Bilingual Classrooms: An Exploratory Study , Angela Maria Rengifo

The Role of Socioeconomic Status and Prior Industry Exposure on the Attitudes, Career Goals, and Career Decision Self-Efficacy of Undergraduates Studying Hospitality and Tourism Management , Laura McKenzie Shroder

Examining the Effects of a Peer-Mediated Social Skills Intervention on the Prosocial Behaviors of Elementary Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders , Prabhjot Singh

Developing Teachers Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) Through Design Thinking and Community of Practice , Jennifer Gee Huei Wang

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Bridging the English Language Divide and Building Self-Confidence In Marginalized Communities: An Exploratory Study in Tamil Nadu, India , Radha Aravamudhan

Superintendent Beliefs About the Assessment and Use of School Climate Data for Continuous Improvement , Anji Buckner-Capone

A Look Inside the Black Box: Understanding Communicative Exchanges in Online Learning Environments , Sara Douglas

Experiences of Adolescent Refugee Students Who Attend Afterschool Programs for Literacy Support , Analiza Filion

Students of Black or African American Ancestry in Grades 10th -12th Perceptions of Their Schooling Experiences , Annette Renee Kennedy

The Potential Promise of Formative Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning for English Learners and the Teachers’ Beliefs about the Benefits of Formative Assessment for English Learners in a Small Elementary School District. , Elida MacArthur

Models of Spiritual Leadership: Strategies for Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Ethics , Rebecca J. O'Brien

A Text-Message Nudge Intervention to Increase Student Professional Development Education , Catherine Voss Plaxton

The Ontology, Epistemology, and Axiology of Social and Racial Justice Educators: An Untapped Resource to Address the Unequal Educational Outcomes for Students of Color and Other Non-dominant Comunities , Adriana Eva Rangel

Multi-Tiered System Of Support In California Rural School Settings , John P. Schilling

Cultivating Civic Engagement at the Intersection of Community College and Asian American Pacific Islanders: Understanding and Supporting AAPI Students’ Civic Learning at the two-year Institutions , Hyon Chu Chu Yi-Baker

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Bridges and Barriers: The Educational Experience of Homeless Students and Families in Santa Cruz County , Jennifer Ann

Examining the Efficacy of Inclusive Practices and its Impact on the Academic Achievement of High School Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities , Paulette C. Cobb

Teacher and Administrator Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes, and Practices Related to Equity in a Suburban California School District , Arcia Dorosti

Building Teacher Self-Efficacy Through Administrator Feedback , Limary Trujillo Gutierrez

Digital Literacy in Early Elementary School: Barriers and Support Systems in the Era of the Common Core , Delnaz Hosseini

Principals' Instructional Leadership in Title I Schools: A Closer Look , George Kleidon

Critical Praxis Círculos: The Impact of Culturally Responsive Teacher Development , Raul Silva Lomeli

Induction Programs, Teacher Efficacy, and Inquiry Practices in Novice Teachers , Anisha Munshi

Implementing Project-Based Learning In Urban High School Classrooms: Understanding Teachers’ Mindsets and Benefits To English Learners , Manuel Jesus Nunez

Community Schools in a Silicon Valley School District: Implementation, Successes and Challenges , Patricia Pelino

Relational Trust within an Urban Public Comprehensive High School District in Northern California , Shawn Tennenbaum

An Evaluation of Early Childhood Education Programs: The Parents’ Perspective of Quality Care , Buu Chau Thai

A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards , Melissa Urbain

Analyzing Student-Teacher Relationships of Cariño and Confianza and Their Impact on Academic Engagement by Latino Males , Nereida Robles Vasquez

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Fiscal Transparency in the Era of California's Local Control Funding Formula: An Analysis of Funding Levels, Expenditures, and Student Achievement , Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah

Examining the Role of Arts Education Partnerships in Sustaining Arts Programs in California Elementary Schools , Marie-Helene Bauguil

The African American/Black Racial Tapestry: Black Adolescents' Private, Independent School Experiences and Racial Identity Development , Angela R. Birts

Professional Learning Community (PLC): Technology Integration at a Title I Elementary School , Pamela Lan Cheng

Teachers' Perceptions on Preparedness and Supports to Implement the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards , Maria Clara Fernandez

Standardized to Student-Centered: A Systemic Approach to Navigating the Transition, Finding Balance and Creating Equitable 21st Century Learning Environments , Betsy Fitch

Exploring the Role of Mentor Teaching, Through a Co-Teaching Model, in Secondary Teachers’ Beliefs, Practices, and Self-Efficacy Toward English Learners: A Multiple-Case Study , Terry E. Flora

Formative Assessment for Middle School Mathematics Instruction: An Evidence-based Approach to Evaluating Teacher Posing, Pausing, and Probing Moves , Carrie Lee Holmberg

Exploring a School Culture and Climate Where Students Can FLOURISH: Using Focus Group Methodology to Capture Key Stakeholder Perceptions About School Culture and Climate in an Alternative Education High School. , Michael Lee Paynter

Motivation to Persist: The Role of Hope, Academic Self-Efficacy, and Sense of Belonging on First Generation Latinx College Students and Their Intent to Persist , Deanna Peck

Latino Male College Students' Identities, Psychological Stress, and Coping Mechanisms , Ana E. Ramirez

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Students are urged to begin thinking about a dissertation topic early in their degree program. Concentrated work on a dissertation proposal normally begins after successful completion of the Second-Year Review, which often includes a “mini” proposal, an extended literature review, or a theoretical essay, plus advancement to doctoral candidacy. In defining a dissertation topic, the student collaborates with her or his faculty advisor or dissertation advisor (if one is selected) in the choice of a topic for the dissertation.

The dissertation proposal is a comprehensive statement on the extent and nature of the student’s dissertation research interests. Students submit a draft of the proposal to their dissertation advisor between the end of the seventh and middle of the ninth quarters. The student must provide a written copy of the proposal to the faculty committee no later than two weeks prior to the date of the proposal hearing. Committee members could require an earlier deadline (e.g., four weeks before the hearing).

The major components of the proposal are as follows, with some variations across Areas and disciplines:

  • A detailed statement of the problem that is to be studied and the context within which it is to be seen. This should include a justification of the importance of the problem on both theoretical and educational grounds.
  • A thorough review of the literature pertinent to the research problem. This review should provide proof that the relevant literature in the field has been thoroughly researched. Good research is cumulative; it builds on the thoughts, findings, and mistakes of others.
  • its general explanatory interest
  • the overall theoretical framework within which this interest is to be pursued
  • the model or hypotheses to be tested or the research questions to be answered
  • a discussion of the conceptual and operational properties of the variables
  • an overview of strategies for collecting appropriate evidence (sampling, instrumentation, data collection, data reduction, data analysis)
  • a discussion of how the evidence is to be interpreted (This aspect of the proposal will be somewhat different in fields such as history and philosophy of education.)
  • If applicable, students should complete a request for approval of research with human subjects, using the Human Subjects Review Form ( ). Except for pilot work, the University requires the approval of the Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Behavioral Science Research before any data can be collected from human subjects.

Registration (i.e., enrollment) is required for any quarter during which a degree requirement is completed, including the dissertation proposal. Refer to the Registration or Enrollment for Milestone Completion section for more details.

As students progress through the program, their interests may change. There is no commitment on the part of the student’s advisor to automatically serve as the dissertation chair. Based on the student’s interests and the dissertation topic, many students approach other GSE professors to serve as the dissertation advisor, if appropriate.

A dissertation proposal committee is comprised of three academic council faculty members, one of whom will serve as the major dissertation advisor. Whether or not the student’s general program advisor serves on the dissertation proposal committee and later the reading committee will depend on the relevance of that faculty member’s expertise to the topic of the dissertation, and his/her availability. There is no requirement that a program advisor serve, although very often he or she does. Members of the dissertation proposal committee may be drawn from other area committees within the GSE, from other departments in the University, or from emeriti faculty. At least one person serving on the proposal committee must be from the student’s area committee (CTE, DAPS, SHIPS). All three members must be on the Academic Council; if the student desires the expertise of a non-Academic Council member, it may be possible to petition. After the hearing, a memorandum listing the changes to be made will be written and submitted with the signed proposal cover sheet and a copy of the proposal itself to the Doctoral Programs Officer.

Review and approval of the dissertation proposal occurs normally during the third year. The proposal hearing seeks to review the quality and feasibility of the proposal. The Second-Year Review and the Proposal Hearing are separate milestones and may not occur as part of the same hearing or meeting.

The student and the dissertation advisor are responsible for scheduling a formal meeting or hearing to review the proposal; the student and proposal committee convene for this evaluative period. Normally, all must be present at the meeting either in person or via conference phone call.

At the end of this meeting, the dissertation proposal committee members should sign the Cover Sheet for Dissertation Proposal and indicate their approval or rejection of the proposal. This signed form should be submitted to the Doctoral Programs Officer. If the student is required to make revisions, an addendum is required with the written approval of each member of the committee stating that the proposal has been revised to their satisfaction.

After submitting the Proposal Hearing material to the Doctoral Programs Officer, the student should make arrangements with three faculty members to serve on her or his Dissertation Reading Committee. The Doctoral Dissertation Reading Committee form should be completed and given to the Doctoral Programs Officer to enter in the University student records system. Note: The proposal hearing committee and the reading committee do not have to be the same three faculty members. Normally, the proposal hearing precedes the designation of a Dissertation Reading Committee, and faculty on either committee may differ (except for the primary dissertation advisor). However, some students may advance to Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR) status before completing their dissertation proposal hearing if they have established a dissertation reading committee. In these cases, it is acceptable for the student to form a reading committee prior to the dissertation proposal hearing. The reading committee then serves as the proposal committee.

The proposal and reading committee forms and related instructions are on the GSE website, under current students>forms.

Printing Credit for Use in GSE Labs

Upon completion of their doctoral dissertation proposal, GSE students are eligible for a $300 printing credit redeemable in any of the GSE computer labs where students are normally charged for print jobs. Only one $300 credit per student will be issued, but it is usable throughout the remainder of her or his doctoral program until the balance is exhausted. The print credit can be used only at the printers in Cubberley basement and CERAS, and cannot be used toward copying.

After submitting the signed dissertation proposal cover sheet to the Doctoral Programs Officer indicating approval (see above), students can submit a HELP SU ticket online at to request the credit. When submitting the help ticket, the following should be selected from the drop-down menus for HELP SU:

Request Category :  Computer, Handhelds (PDAs), Printers, Servers Request Type :  Printer Operating System : (whatever system is used by the student, e.g., Windows XP.)

The help ticket will be routed to the GSE's IT Group for processing; they will in turn notify the student via email when the credit is available.

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College of Education Dissertations and Theses

The College of Education Dissertations and Theses Series is comprised of dissertations authored by Marquette University's College of Education doctoral and master's students.

Theses/Dissertations from 2023 2023

A Public Policy Analysis of an Allied Health Career Pathway Model at a Local Technical College , Rebecca A. Garcia Sanchez

Trauma Exposure and Resident Assistants: A Study of Meaning Making , Sarah Ann Olejniczak

Those Who Came Before: Learning from Native American College Alumni About Walking the Path of Persistence , Jacqueline Schram

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Considering Constituencies Contributing to Lead-Water Discussions in Milwaukee: A Three Article Dissertation , Jennifer Gaul-Stout

AP Physics Course Enrollments: The Impact of Middle School Algebra and Physics First , Judi G. Luepke

Peacebuilding through Education: The Case of Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis , Thomas d Aquin Mbatna Taiwe

Relationship of Spirituality, Self-Awareness, and Effective Leadership Among Lay Catholic High School Leaders in Nigeria , Emmanuel I. Ugwejeh

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Inequalities of Intradistrict School Choice in a Mid-Sized Urban School District , Jacob Konrath

With Due Respect for Humanity: Engaging Affectivity Through Simulation in Catholic Seminary Formation , Marie Diane Pitt-Payne

Beyond Ramen: Students' Lived Experiences of Campus Food Insecurity at Two Catholic Universities , Noreen Margaret Siddiqui

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

An Exploration of Five Secondary-School Teachers’ Conceptions of Social Justice , Gabrielle M. Belknap

Excellence and Equity: Admission Merit and Diversity in Physical Therapist Education Programs , Matthew Nuciforo

A Professional Learning Partnership: Educator Perceptions About Program Effectiveness and Impact on Rural Educators , Tara Lynn Villalobos

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

The Teaching of United States History in the Elementary Schools , Mary Bartholomew Frederick

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

The Relationship between Teacher Retention and Original Career Goals, Teacher Efficacy and Empathy: A Study of Teach For America Alumni , Tyra Norbeck Hildebrand

Writing to Learn in a Mutt Course: How Writing Functions in a Social Justice Living Learning Program Seminar , Jennifer K. Reid

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Work-Family Balance: A Narrative Analysis of the Personal and Professional Histories of Female Superintendents , Nicole White

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Understanding Women's Experiences with Women-Only Leadership Development Programs in Higher Education: A Mixed Methods Approach , Danielle Marie Geary

In Plain Sight: Changing Representations of "Biracial" People in Film 1903-2015 , Charles Lawrence Gray

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Openness to the "Other" During a Summer Language Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain: Six Case Studies , Samuel Cox

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

The Importance Of Institutional Culture At A Technical College , Sarah Adams

Connecting Schools To Neighborhood Revitalization: , Lawrence Pesch

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

What Role Does Humor in the Higher Education Classroom Play in Student-Perceived Instructor Effectiveness? , Stephen Paul Halula

Textbooks, Teachers, and Middle School Mathematics Student Achievement , Susan R. Monaghan

Distributed Scaffolding: Wiki Collaboration Among Latino High School Chemistry Students , Edwin Duncan O'Sullivan

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Black Faculty Perceptions of Classroom Interactions With Students at a Predominantly White Institution , Robyn Clarke Ngwabi

Number Sense Mediated by Mathematics Self-Concept in Impacting Middle School Mathematics Achievement , Lara K. Geronime

Successful Schools for African American Children: A Case Study of Franklin Elementary School , Staci Lynn Kimmons

Online Education: The Impact of Economics and Politics on Teacher's Situationally Constrained Choice , Rhianan Elizabeth Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

The Challenge and Promise of Catholic Higher Education: The Lay President and Catholic Identity , Kathy Ann Herrick

Becoming Culturally Competent: Clinical Service Learning in Physician Assistant Education , Pinna Rea Katz

An Exploration of Virtual Study Groups Used to Prepare Candidates for a Professional Certification Exam , Sharon Katherine Kayne Chaplock

Debating for Success: Academic Achievement, Self-Efficacy, Civic Empowerment and the Milwaukee Debate League , Thomas Noonan

Historical Implications of the Black Civil Rights Movement Prior to the Brown Decision on Legislation for the Disabled , Robert Michael Thomas

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

Data-Driven Decision-Making: A Case Study of How A School District Uses Data to Inform Reading Instruction , Terese Ann Brecklin

Learning With and Because of Each Other: A High School Art Portfolio Class as a Community of Practice , Gregory Robert Frederick

Doctrina, Fides, Gubernatio: Messmer High School from 1926-2001 , Rebecca A. Lorentz

The Balkanization of the High School Reading Specialist: Searching for an Identity , Nancy Lynn Stevens

Submissions from 2009 2009

Womens' career pathways to the college presidency: A study of women in two-year technical colleges , Theresa Barry

Womens' Career Pathways to the College Presidency: A Study of Women in Two-Year Technical Colleges , Theresa Barry

Effects of Individual Secularity, Institutional Secularity and Campus Activity Involvement on College Student Suicidal Ideation and Attempts , Christopher Daood

The Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Against Adolescents in Racine County and the Community Readiness Model , Theresa A. DeWalt

Pretreatment Client Characteristics and Treatment Retention in an Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program , Shauna Elizabeth Fuller

The Neuropsychological Functioning of Men Residing in a Homeless Shelter , Sara Murray Hegerty

Examining the Effectiveness of a Multiple Antecedent Intervention for Increasing Secure Infant Attachment , Margaret J. Klopfer

Investigating Changes in Knowledge Frameworks Among High School Students Regarding the Central Dogma of Biology , Michele A. Korb

Effectiveness of a Treatment Program for Toddlers with Behavior Problems and Developmental Delays in Low-Income Families , April M. Schaack

Client Characteristics and Treatment Retention in an Outpatient Drug-Free Chemical Dependency Program , Jessica A. Thull

An exploration of the impact of an online MBA course on intercultural sensitivity development , Suzanne Scaffidi Warell

Theses/Dissertations from 2008 2008

Women's and Men's Language in Moderated Online Course Discussions , Carrianne H. Hayslett

A Nursing Educator's & Nursing Students' Perspectives of Critical Thinking in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program: A Case Study , Mary E. Hobus

Submissions from 2007 2007

The relationship between self-efficacy beliefs toward self-management of asthma and asthma self-management behaviors in urban African American children , Teresa Louise Kaul

The Relationship Between Self-Efficacy Beliefs Toward Self-Management of Asthma and Asthma Self-Management Behaviors in Urban African American Children , Teresa Louise Kaul

Theses/Dissertations from 2006 2006

Parenting Young Children in Foster Care , Judith B. Byrnes

Theses/Dissertations from 2005 2005

Walking side by side , Erin Denise Knepler

The Role of Technology in the Homes of Emergent Readers , Gail A. Zieman

Theses/Dissertations from 2004 2004

Beliefs about Diversity and the Relationships Between White Teachers-In-Training and Their African American and White Students , Michael Allen Boticki

The Role of Perfectionism in Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem and Internalized Shame , Diane K. Delegard

Making the Invisible Visible: Exploring Students' Mathematical Understanding , Debra M. Dosemagen

Theses/Dissertations from 2003 2003

An Investigation of the Extent of Arts Education and the Principals' Perceptions of Such Education in Selected Public Elementary Schools in Milwaukee County , Therese M. Meurer

The Effect of Training Subjects in Self-Explanation Strategies on Problem Solving Success in Computer Programming , Elizabeth S. Rezel

Antecedents of mental self-government : , Jodi L. Rusch

The relationship of students' domain specific self-concepts and self-efficacy to academic performance , Maija Strelnieks

Theses/Dissertations from 2002 2002

The Role of Parents in the Academic Achievements of Their Elementary School Children , Joseph M. Uko

Theses/Dissertations from 2001 2001

Administrators' Perceptions, Rationales, Roles and Leadership Concerning the Current Status of Foreign Language Requirements in Three Private Colleges and Universities in Wisconsin , Shaojie Jiang

Assessment of Parent and Child Behaviors in Preschool Children , Sheila Dunn Johnson

Theses/Dissertations from 2000 2000

Effects of Cooperative Learning on Achievement and Attitudes Toward Teamwork in Medical Technology Students , Linda J. Laatsch-Lybeck

Administrative actions that foster member commitment toward shared institutional vision: A study of one Catholic elementary school , Blane Kohler McCann

The influence of looping on reading comprehension , Patricia Holly Ptak

Theses/Dissertations from 1999 1999

Healing Imagery in Major Religious and Mystical Traditions , Loyola Amalraj

"Enlightened enough to exercise their control" : school culture and curriculum for an engaged citizenry , Dawn M. Crowley

Curriculum and Instruction for Nursing Preceptors: Correlation with Critical Thinking Disposition Traits , Candace L. Hennessy

Parental involvement and its perceived impact on children's achievement , Alexius Minj

The Effect of Video Games on Anxiety Level and Heart Rate in College Students , Rebecca R. Tews

Theses/Dissertations from 1998 1998

Mother and daughter attitudes toward mathematics in single-gender versus coeducational Catholic high schools , Gina M. Bechard

An investigation into the use of technology by secondary teachers in the teaching of algebra and geometry , Barbara A. Burns

Bonding and delinquency , Kristine Mary Dunlap

Effects of social competence factors on self-esteem and behavior in adolescents with cerebral palsy , Leigh Ann Kramer

Making faith accessible: The Catholic school as faithful, effective, inclusive community , Mary Camille Mortimore

Patterns of Change in Mental Health Status During the First Two Years of Spousal Bereavement , Carol Hunt Ott

Theses/Dissertations from 1997 1997

The Relationship between Moral Orientation, Gender, and Context when Reporting Honor Code Violations in Business School , Elizabeth D. Axelrod

Student perceptions of discrimination in a midwestern dental school , David M. Clark

The influence of John Dewey's educational philosophy on the curriculum of the University Laboratory School, 1905-1928 , Anthony J Dosen

The effects of interparental conflict on adolescent adjustment: A path analysis , Jeanne Marie Herzog

Nursing Perceptions of the Spiritual Dimension of Patient Care: The Neuman Systems Model in Curricular Formations , Grace A. Peterson

The Development of a School Based Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention Protocol for Young Children with Anxiety , Mary Wimmer

Submissions from 1996 1996

Trust and shared governance: A qualitative approach at the middle school level , Stephen Douglas King

Theses/Dissertations from 1995 1995

A history of five women philanthropists at Marquette University, 1881-1991 , Gail K. Anshus

Bringing Berne into conjoint family therapy , Emmanuel Arockiam

More-skilled readers' use of orthographic rimes in reading words in isolation and in context , Judith Anne Calhoon

Theses/Dissertations from 1994 1994

The Significance of Religious Messages in Sexual Addiction , William Nicholas Abraham

Emotions, stages and issues in career transitions of women in ministry in the Roman Catholic Church , Mary Jo Brenner

The relationship of wellness and job satisfaction for elementary school principals in the state of Wisconsin , John William Eickholt

Choice and action frame determinants of conflict and conflict management intent of hospital middle managers , John James Lynch

Implementation of total quality management in an academic unit of a higher education institution , Susan J. Michaelson

Dental school personnel's response to administrative alternatives dealing with students infected with the AIDS virus , Elise Sampson

Theses/Dissertations from 1993 1993

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  • A study of achievement in traditional high schools and the early college high school model in Mississippi by Tammy Cain Smith 2021
  • Factors that Affect Teacher Attrition in Southern Mississippi by Monica Chinelle Watts 2021
  • Academic and Behavioral Outcomes of Expelled Students After Their Return to the Regular School Setting by Roderick Ramon Henderson 2021
  • A Study of the Effects of Teacher Certification on Third Grade Reading Achievement by Clancy A. Freeman 2021
  • A Study of the Factors that Influence Secondary Education Teacher Perceptions of Inclusion in the Classroom by Michael Evans 2021
  • The Barriers and Challenges Facing Female High School Principals in Mississippi by Dalal Saud Alruwaili 2021
  • The Perceptions of Special Education Administrators' Responsibilities and Challenges in Public School Districts in Mississippi by LaTrina F. Baker-Smith 2021
  • Traditional and Block Scheduling: A Comparative Study of Student Achievement of English II End-Of-Course Exam Scores and High School English Teachers' Perspectives of Scheduling Models by Jermarcia "Jay" Levy. 2020
  • Assigning Quality Homework to Dyslexic Students: A Mixed-Methods Phenomenological Study of Teachers by Sonya Bridges. 2020
  • Job Satisfaction: A Study of Teacher Morale in Low and High Performing Schools by LaTondra Shontae Robinson. 2020
  • A Study of the Perceptions of Elementary School Principals Toward Speech Language Services in a Mississippi Public School District by Talatha Bingham. 2019
  • Women as High School Principals: Perceptions of Mississippi Principals and Superintendents Concerning Barriers and Facilitators for Job Obtainment By Letonia Bailey Johnson. 2019
  • Parent Involvement: Perceptions of Parents and Teachers in an Urban School District by LaConda Michelle Arnold. 2018
  • Comparing the Shortage of Teachers in the United States and the United Kingdom by Mohammad Alsobaihi. 2017
  • Teachers' Perceptions of the Use of Technology in the Classroom and the Effect of Technology on Student Achievement By Sharon Robinson Hoye. 2017
  • Comparing Educational Leadership and Conflict Resolution in the United States and Saudi Arabia by Aymen Alqurashi. 2017
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Writing a dissertation requires focus and commitment. The Education Dissertation provides a step-by-step process for developing and completing an academically rigorous dissertation in a time-efficient manner.

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Education as a subject helps in understanding the various learning approaches and different types of education. When you choose education as your major subject, you will be expected to develop a critical understanding of the issues surrounding education.

To choose an education dissertation topic, you can look into a wide array of topics, including public school education, holistic education, the role of ethnicity, gender and class on academic achievements, adult education, pre-school and primary school education, college and university education, child development, distance learning, politics and policy in education, teacher education, and curriculum.

To help you get started with brainstorming for education topic ideas, we have developed a list of the latest topics that can be used for writing your education dissertation.

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Here is our selection of education topics we think can help you develop a truly valuable dissertation.

Topic 1: Investigating the impact of Covid-19 on the learning experience of the students

Topic 2: an analysis of the impact of classroom interaction and participation on the personality development and confidence of the students., topic 3: the potential use of virtual reality for educational assessment of the students., topic 4: an evaluation of the impact of the rising cost of academic education on the lower-income background students in the uk., topic 5: an investigation into the impact of interactions among students of multiple ethnicities on the cross-cultural communication and behaviour of the pupils..

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Research Aim: The research aims to evaluate the impact of Covid-19 on the learning experience of the students.


  • To analyse the impact of Covid-19 on education delivery across schools.
  • To evaluate the impact of the pandemic on teaching delivery and learning outcomes of the students.
  • To investigate how the pandemic affected the learning experience of the students

Research Aim: The aim of the research is to analyse the impact of classroom interaction and participation on the personality development and confidence of the students.

  • To analyse the importance of classroom interaction for the students and how it contributes to personal development.
  • To investigate the impact of classroom participation on the confidence of the students.
  • To evaluate how classroom interaction and participation impact the personality development and confidence of the students.

Research Aim: The research aims to analyse the potential use of virtual reality for the educational assessment of students.

  • To analyse the technologies available for student assessment across higher educational institutions.
  • To evaluate the role of virtual reality in education delivery and assessment.
  • To investigate how virtual reality influences the educational assessment of the students for improvement in the learning experience and knowledge.

Research Aim: The aim of the research is to evaluate the impact of the rising cost of academic education on the lower-income background students in the UK.

  • To analyse the factors impacting the affordability of higher education in the UK.
  • To understand the challenges of lower-income background students in the UK.
  • To investigate the impact of the rising cost of academic education on the lower-income background students in the UK and how the meritorious students can be supported.

Research Aim: The aim of the research is to investigate the impact of interactions among students of multiple ethnicities on the cross-cultural communication and behaviour of the pupils.

  • To analyse the impact of student interactions among different ethnicities.
  • To determine the importance of cross-cultural communication and tolerance of the students.
  • To examine the impact of interactions among students of multiple ethnicities on the cross-cultural communication and behaviour of the pupils.

More Education Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: the need to use information and communication technology to study in public institutions in any country of your choice. a reflection on the impact of covid19 on the education sector in the chosen country..

Research Aim: This research will focus on the lack of good information and communication technology equipment in the public institutions of study and the need to find the education sector to meet the new standard of learning in work. It will also analyse the pandemic’s impact on the students in public institutions at home throughout the pandemic without any academic activities.

Topic 2: The fear of maintaining social distancing in schools

Research Aim: This research aims to evaluate the fear of maintaining social distancing in schools. It will also suggest possible solutions to minimise the fear of parents, educators, and students.

Topic 3: Online Education- Increased screen time or quality education

Research Aim: This research aims to identify whether online education exposes students to increased screen time or quality education.

Topic 4: The emergence of coding courses for young children and their cognitive development and age. A comparative study.

Research Aim: This research aims to identify how far is coding education beneficial for children? What sort of positive and negative consequences are concerned with the future of young children with their access to such kind of advanced technology?

Topic 5: Data science and growing opportunities for data scientists

Research Aim: This research will focus on identifying the emergence of degrees, courses in data science, their importance, and growing opportunities for data scientists. Who can become a data scientist? What is its career scope?

Covid-19 Education Topics 

Impacts of coronavirus on education.

Research Aim: This study aims to review the impacts of Coronavirus.

Online educational programs to educate students during COVID-19

Research Aim: The widespread Coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown have disrupted the education of many students, including school, college, and university levels. This study will identify the online programs offered through various platforms, schools, colleges, and universities. It will discuss how students can have access to these courses and how it will benefit them?

Impact of COVID-19 on educational institutes

Research Aim: This study will focus on identifying the impacts of COVID-19 on educational institutes. What steps can be taken to ensure a safe environment for the students and teaching staff?

Role of teachers and professors during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Research Aim: This study will focus on knowing about the contribution of teachers and professors and institutions in providing education. What challenges are they facing? What would be the possible ways to improve the current education system?

The future of education post Coronavirus pandemic.

Research Aim: This study will collect information about the current education methods during a pandemic and predict the future of education after Coronavirus.

Topic C1: How the Coronavirus pandemic is reshaping education?

Research Aim: Coronavirus has offered a stark reminder of the very human nature of schools. Students have leapt into online learning but cannot wait to get back into her building. Being online, I don’t think you really get a true sense of whether a student is really engaged and has proper understanding. This study will aim to understand the extent to which the coronavirus pandemic is reshaping education.

Topic C2: How Coronavirus could affect the well-being of people with intellectual disabilities

Research Aim: We are all feeling more anxious than usual. We may be worried about accessing food and services, going to work, enduring self-isolation, or catching COVID-19. While some anxiety is normal, some of us may be more resilient to changes in our routines and the general uncertainty the world is experiencing. But for the 1.5 million people in the UK with an intellectual disability, these effects may be much greater. This research will aim to establish how Coronavirus could affect the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities.

Topic C3: The impact of the 2019–20 Coronavirus pandemic on education

Research Aim: The 2019–20 Coronavirus pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide, leading to the widespread closures of schools and universities. As of 28 March 2020, over 1.7 billion learners were out of school due to school closures in response to COVID-19. According to UNESCO monitoring, over 100 countries have implemented nationwide closures, impacting nearly 90% of the world’s student population. This research will explore the impact of the 2019–20 Coronavirus pandemic on education.

Topic C4: What actions are being taken by universities in response to Coronavirus?

Research Aim: we have seen a growing number of decisions by universities to start implementing social distancing strategies, such as moving to more online delivery of teaching and increased home working by staff. At present, there is no government advice to universities about this. Therefore any operational decision by individual universities must be based on their local circumstances, which vary for various reasons. This research will examine some of the measures we see across the universities in response to the pandemic.

Topic C5: The impact of Coronavirus on international students and the response from universities

Research Aim: This research will explore the impact of Coronavirus on international students and the response from universities.

The Best Education Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: a comparison of wonderlic tests and standardised tests as means to assess academic performance..

Research Aim: Although there are many techniques and methods for assessing academic performance, this research will focus on the comparative analysis of Wonderlic and standardised tests. In the end, the research will conclude which approach would be better in different academic situations.

Topic 2: The theory and practice of educational games as a means to promote better learning.

Research Aim: In recent times, many pieces of research have focused on identifying different learning approaches to provide quality education. This research will analyse the concept of educational games for young children to promote and improvise the learning mechanisms.

Topic 3: The impact of learning ability of a child: A case study of kindergarten students

Research Aim: With the emergence of technological advancements, many organisations, including education institutes, have started embracing innovative technologies. The main purpose of these advancements is to improvise the different ways of education. This research will focus on how the use of smart technology has improved the learning ability of kindergarten students.

Topic 4: Comparing and analysing the teaching approaches and mechanism of privately owned schools and public school: Case of developing countries

Research Aim: Due to the rise of capitalist economies, many institutions have developed unique mechanisms to improve business operations and sales. The same is the case with educational institutes. However, the teaching mechanism and approach for private schools have been more effective than public schools. Therefore, this research will critically analyse the teaching approaches and mechanisms of privately owned schools and public schools and compare and analyse their teaching approaches.

Topic 5: Analysing the current curricular development of K12 students and how it can be linked with current economic issues

Research Aim: It has been found out that the curriculum of the majority of the educational institutes has become obsolete and monotonous. In other words, students are not being taught current affairs and the latest knowledge with respect to technology, etc. Therefore, the main aim of this research will be to analyse the current curricular development of K12 students and how it can be moulded to reflect the true economic conditions and issues of society.

Early Childhood Education Dissertation Topics

Early childhood education in the UK and many other countries refers to any form of education that children between 2 and 6 years obtain. Some early childhood education dissertation topics are listed below:

Topic 6: The effectiveness and implementation of early childhood education curriculum interventions

Research Aim: This research will discuss how effective curriculum interventions have been in early childhood education and how they can be effectively implemented.

Topic 7: Linking theory to practice and back again: The use of collaborative enquiry and video documentation to facilitate critical thinking in preservice teacher education

Research Aim: This research will provide theoretical and practical evidence to establish how collaboration inquiry and video documentation effectively affect critical thinking in preservice education.

Topic 8: Improving early childhood literacy development and English education through the use of multiple media tools

Research Aim: This research will analyse how effective medical tools are in early childhood education.

Topic 9: Supporting emergent literacy at the pre-school level through the use of technology.

Research Aim: This research will present how supportive technology can be for emergent literacy at the pre-school level.

Topic 10: Merging multimodality, technology, and literacy in the era of kindergarten digital storytelling

Research Aim: This research will explore the effectiveness of multimodality, literacy, and technology in today’s era of kindergarten storytelling.

Topic 11: Computer-based reading program with at-risk pre-kindergarten students

Research Aim: This research will discuss how computer-based reading programs are at risk with pre-kindergarten students.

Topic 12: Pre-school educational settings and the nature of children’s leadership

Research Aim: This research will analyse how educational settings in pre-school help develop leadership skills in children.

Topic 13: How urban students’ academic accomplishments can be influenced by a school district’s pre-school education policies

Research Aim: This research will discuss the academic accomplishments of children and how educational policies influence them.

Topic 14: Investigating the relationship between kindergarten achievement and classroom quality

Research Aim: This study will investigate the relationship between kindergarten students’ achievement and education quality.

Topic 15: Creating efficient learning environments to facilitate the process of early childhood education

Research Aim: This research will understand the learning environments that facilitate the process of childhood education.

Elementary Education Dissertation Topics

In the United Kingdom and other developed regions of the world, elementary education is the first level of compulsory education that children between the ages of 6 and 13 years obtain.

Primary or elementary education helps establish history, geography, mathematics, science, and other social sciences. In some countries, basic sexual education is also part of the elementary education curriculum. Some important primary education issues to explore are listed below:

Topic 16: Establishing the factors inhibiting and enhancing elementary school children’s creativity

Research Aim: This research will discuss the factors that help enhance children’s creativity in elementary school.

Topic 17: Developing life skills in elementary school pupils in the United Kingdom (or any other country of your choice)

Research Aim: This research will explore how life skills are developed in elementary school in the UK. (Country can be changed according to your choosing)

Topic 18: Monitoring and evaluating instruction in private elementary schools in China from the perspective of headteachers and teachers.

Topic 19: including children with special educational needs in a mainstream elementary educational institute – a case study of any elementary school.

Research Aim: This research will discuss inclusive education, i.e. including special needs students in elementary school. You are free to choose the school of your choice.

Topic 20: Implementing inclusive education in elementary/primary schools in Australia – The challenges and opportunities

Research Aim: This research will discuss the challenges and opportunities of implementing inclusive education in Australian elementary schools.

Topic 21: Classroom evaluation in England – Teachers’ practices and perceptions in Maths

Research Aim: This research will evaluate a typical classroom in England. It will assess the practices adopted by Math teachers teaching in elementary school.

Topic 22: Integrating outdoor learning activities with elementary curriculum in the United Kingdom

Research Aim: This research will analyse the results of integrating outdoor learning activities with curriculum activities.

Topic 23: Investigating the use of technology in elementary school physical education

Research Aim: This research will investigate and analyse the use of technology in elementary school physical education.

Topic 24: Investigating the impact of the age of information on current courses taught in primary school

Research Aim: This research will investigate the impact of information on courses taught in primary school.

Topic 25: Should primary schools allow their students to study more independently to achieve improved performance?

Research Aim: This research will assess whether elementary school students should be allowed to study independently or not and its impacts.

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Secondary Education Dissertation Topics

Secondary school education primarily covers formal education obtained by pupils between 13 years to 18 years. Secondary education is compulsory in most countries, including the United Kingdom, and it may be taught in the form of Ordinary Levels, Advanced Levels, and SSC and HSC exams.

There is a wide array of research areas to be explored under this field of study, and any of the following research topics could be selected for your education dissertation.

Topic 26: Investigating the impact of teacher education on secondary education in the European Union

Research Aim: This research will investigate how secondary education in the EU is impacted by teacher education.

Topic 27: Investigating the impact of secondary school dual enrolment course participation on pupils’ academic accomplishments

Research Aim: This research will investigate the impact of dual course enrolment and its impact on academic accomplishments in secondary school.

Topic 28: The role of sustainability in learning and teaching in secondary schools to transform the soul of education

Research Aim: This study will explore the role of sustainable learning and teaching in secondary school, and it helps transform the soul of education.

Topic 29: Investigating secondary school teachers’ thinking in a professional development project

Research Aim: This research will analyse the teachers’ thinking with the help of a professional development project.

Topic 30: Betraying the college dream: How student aspirations are undermined by the disconnected post-secondary and K-12 education systems

Research Aim: The post-secondary schooling and K-12 education systems are misaligned. Thus, this research will investigate how this adversely impacts students, and as a result, more and more students are giving up on their college dreams.

Topic 31: Analysing supply & demand in light of the rising cost of secondary education

Research Aim: This research will assess and analyse the rising cost of education and its impact on the supply and demand for education.

Topic 32: To study the use of instructional and information technologies in teacher training in secondary schools and colleges in the United Kingdom

Research Aim: This research will study the use of technologies in teacher training and how it impacts secondary education in the UK.

Topic 33: Should secondary school teachers emphasise today’s demanding issues such as energy conservation, sustainability, and environmental protection?

Research Aim: This research will study whether or not teachers should emphasize current issues like energy preservation, sustainability, and environmental protection.

Topic 34: How can religious and racial tolerance increase among pupils by reintroducing religious education in the secondary schooling system?

Research Aim: This research will explore whether introducing religious education in secondary education help decrease religious and racial intolerance.

Topic 35: To investigate the benefits of teaching business management and entrepreneurship related courses to secondary school students over social science courses?

Research Aim:  This research will study the uses and benefits of teaching business management and entrepreneurship at the secondary schooling level.  Read More About   Secondary Education

Higher Education Dissertation Topics

Higher education or college/university education covers the formal education available to college, undergraduate and postgraduate students. Some interesting higher education dissertation topics are listed below.

Topic 36: International mobility of graduate and undergraduate students of mathematics, engineering, technology and science; Push and Pull Factors

Research Aim: This research will study and analyse the push and pull factors that impact the graduate and undergraduate students’ choice of university.

Topic 37: International graduate students and their decisions to stay or leave the US; The decisive factors

Research Aim: This study will explore the factors that lead students to decide whether they should stay or leave their universities in the US.

Topic 38: Aligning higher education to labour market requirements in the UK

Research Aim: This research will assess whether higher education in the UK should be aligned with the labor market requirements or not.

Topic 39: Internationalisation drivers, obstacles and rationales: A case study of any higher education institute in the UK

Research Aim: This research will analyze the internationalisation drivers, obstacles, and rationales of higher education institutes in the UK.

Topic 40: An investigation into the governance systems of academic planning in both private and public sector higher education institutes

Research Aim: This research will investigate the governance systems of academic planning in both, private and public higher education institutes.

Topic 41: Higher education system: Should all universities follow the same education pattern?

Research Aim: This research will explore if every university should follow the same educational pattern.

Topic 42: Evaluating teaching quality in higher education schools from students’ perspective

Research Aim: This research will evaluate the performance of teachers based on students’ perspectives. Suggestions will be provided as to how it should be improved.

Topic 43: Identify the factors affecting student mobility in Europe – The quality aspect

Research Aim: This research will explore the factors that impact student mobility in Europe.

Topic 44: Assessing and Evaluating the Impact of Hiring, Firing and Retiring Professors in Higher Education System on Students

Research Aim: This research will evaluate the various impacts of hiring, firing and retiring professors in the higher education system on students.

Topic 45: Do university graduates perform better than those who do not obtain formal education but have practical work experience?

Research Aim: This research will evaluate and assess the performance of two sets of students. First, university graduates, second, will be those who have no formal education but have practical work experience.  Also Read:   Fashion and Culture Dissertation Topics

Teaching Method Dissertation Topics

The role of primary, secondary or higher education teachers is highly important, particularly considering the ever-increasing need to provide a growth-oriented academic environment to students. Some interesting teaching methods dissertation research topics are listed below.

Topic 46: The influence of teaching methods on students’ academic success and achievements

Research Aim: This research will explore the influence of teaching methods on students’ academic success and achievements.

Topic 47: A transactional method to learning and teaching in an English language arts methodologies conference

Research Aim: This study will explore the transactional learning and teaching method in an English language arts methodologies conference.

Topic 48: How the effect of constructivist teaching methods can largely influence the algebraic understanding of primary and secondary school students

Research Aim: This research will understand how constructivist teaching methods affect primary and secondary school students.

Topic 49: Student learning of DNA and the effect of teaching methods

Research Aim: This research will study the impact of various teaching methods on students.

Topic 50: Teaching English through conventional and direct approaches – A qualitative study

Research Aim: This will be a qualitative study that will help assess the teaching of English as a subject through direct and conventional approaches.

Topic 51: Investigating the relationships of teachers’ pedagogical beliefs, knowledge and efficiency: A multimethod approach

Research Aim: This research will investigate the relationship between teacher’s pedagogical beliefs, efficiency, and knowledge.

Topic 52: Exploring the benefits of employing the Socratic methodology as an approach to learning

Research Aim: This research will investigate the benefits of the Socratic method learning approach.

Topic 53: The benefits of introducing mathematics software to higher education mathematics teachers

Research Aim: This study will explore the benefits of introducing mathematics software to higher education math teachers.

Topic 54: The increasing importance of teachers training taking into consideration various threats to students such as weapons and drugs

Research Aim: This research will understand the importance of teachers’ training with respect to threats such as drugs and weapons.

Topic 55: Are the teachers more prone to violence at the hands of their students as compared to the past: How the profession of teaching has evolved over the last twenty years

Research Aim:  Purpose: This research will conduct a comparison of the teacher’s profession in the past twenty years and will conclude how it has changed.  Read More About:   Teaching Methods in the UK

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Education Leadership and Policy Studies Dissertation Topics

The role of leadership, politics, and policies cannot be overlooked. Education leadership and policy studies have two main roots, including organisational theory and political science. This may be an interesting area of research for your educational dissertation.

Topic 56: Implementing educational change in failing middle schools through examination of one’s fundamental leadership procedures and processes

Research Aim: This research will explore the impact of implementing educational change in failing middle schools by examining leadership procedures at the institutes.

Topic 57: Historical background and development of co-curricular transcripts

Research Aim: This research will date back to history and explore how co-curricular transcripts were developed, and will compare them to today’s processes.

Topic 58: Evaluating the self-efficiency of high performing first-generation university students

Research Aim: This research will evaluate the self-efficiency of high performing university students.

Topic 59: The influence of spiritual growth on leadership development of college and university students

Research Aim: This research will explore the influence of spiritual growth on the leadership skills development of university students.

Topic 60: The peril and power of globalisation: The Higher education, the World Bank, and the Global Knowledge Economy

Research Aim: This research will focus on the globalisation aspect of education and will talk about how it has been impacted.

Topic 61: The self-reported impact of instructional coaching on middle school teachers’ practices

Research Aim: This research will investigate the impact of instructional coaching on middle school teachers’ practices.

Topic 62: An investigation into the policies designed to address bullying in schools of the UK: The beliefs, opinions and perceptions of teachers and principals

Research Aim: This research will explore in-depth the policies that are designed to address and eliminate bullying in UK schools.

Topic 63: Investigating the causes of under-representation of black students in advanced placement courses in the USA

Research Aim: This research will explore the racial issues in the educational system of the US, i.e. underrepresentation of black students.

Topic 64: Lecture note-taking skills of adolescents with and without learning disabilities

Research Aim: This research will understand the note-taking skills of adolescents and how they differ with respect to learning.

Topic 65: A qualitative study to evaluate the educational policies in the UK

Research Aim:  This study will assess and evaluate the various educational policies in the UK.  Read More About:  Courses About International Education Leadership And Policy

Adult Education Dissertation Topics

Vocation-based or professional adult education has gained tremendous popularity in the academic world over the last couple of decades. Here is a wide range of research topics within this field of study to base your dissertation on.

Topic 66: Investing social and personal benefits and costs of basic adult education from students’ perspective

Research Aim: This research will investigate the social and personal benefits and costs of basic adult education.

Topic 67: The perception of adult learners regarding their satisfaction with their educational experiences

Research Aim: This research will explore the perception of adult learners regarding their educational experiences.

Topic 68: Use of bounded agency approach to promoting participation in adult education programmes

Research Aim: This research will discuss the bounded agency approach to promote participation in adult education programs.

Topic 69: A psychoanalytic investigation to explore adult teaching and learning theory

Research Aim: This research will conduct a psychoanalytic investigation in order to explore adult teaching and learning.

Topic 70: Comparing perception of adult learners in face to face and online courses

Research Aim: This research will compare the perception of adult learners in online and face to face courses.

Topic 71: Use of Hatcher-Assagioli Synthesis to analyse practices, principles, and goals for community-based adult education

Research Aim: This research will utilise Hatcher Assagioli Synthesis to analyse community-based education practices, principles, and goals.

Topic 72: A review of the UK government spending on adult education over the last two decades

Research Aim: This research will review the UK government spending on adult education for two decades.

Topic 73: The relationship between unemployment and government funding for adult education – A quantitative analysis

Research Aim: This research will explore the relationship between government funding and unemployment for adult education.

Topic 74: The impact of entrepreneurship, wealth building and personal finance-related courses in adult education

Research Aim: This study will study the impact of courses like entrepreneurship, personal finance et. For adult education.

Topic 75: Frequent career changes over working life and the increasing importance of adult education in today’s world

Research Aim: This research will assess the importance of adult education and how it influences students to change their career choices frequently.

Private School Education Dissertation Topics

Private schools have become a large profit-making industry in both the developed and developing world. More and more parents want to send their children to private schools even though the expenses associated with private education are constantly on the rise. Following are some suggestions for your education dissertation research:

Topic 76: Evaluating the effectiveness of management in private schools in the UAE

Research Aim: This research will evaluate the effectiveness of private school management in the UAE.

Topic 77: To study the level of cooperation between home schools, public schools and private schools in the United Kingdom

Research Aim: This research will explore the cooperation level in home schools, private and public schools in the UK.

Topic 78: A qualitative analysis to determine the causes why parents choose to send their children to private schools in south Asian countries

Research Aim: This research will conduct qualitative analysis to determine why parents send their children to private schools in Asia.

Topic 79: Investigating the policies concerning the fee structure of private schools in Shanghai

Research Aim: This research will investigate the various policies that concern the fee structure of private Shanghai schools.

Topic 80: An empirical analysis of the impacts of the universal primary education policies on educational performances in South Asia

Research Aim: This research will conduct an empirical analysis to understand the impact of universal primary education policies on educational performance in the South Asian region.

Topic 81: Use of information technology and teaching tools in private schools in the UK

Research Aim: This research will explore the use of technology in private schools and assess its effectiveness.

Topic 82: Schooling for money – The impact of the profit motive on Swiss educational reform

Research Aim: This research will study the Swiss educational reform and its impact on the system.

Topic 83: Challenges and experiences of children with disabilities in private schools of India

Research Aim: This research will evaluate the challenges and experiences of children with disabilities in Indian schools.

Topic 84: Why are private school students considered to have the edge over public schools – A qualitative study

Research Aim: This will be a qualitative study on why private school students are preferred over public school students.

Topic 85: Emphasis on personality formation and character in private schools – Are private school students more competitive than public school students?

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Public School Education Dissertation Topics

Most schools in the developed world are publicly funded, offering elementary, secondary, and higher education. There is a wide array of topics of research under this field of study that can be explored. Some of them are suggested below:

Exploring the Funding of Public Schools – How they can be improved. This research will explore the ways through which public schools are funded and will study what can be done to improve them.

Topic 86: Investigating the impact of teacher leadership in public schools in the UK

Research Aim: This research will study the impact of teacher leadership in UK public schools.

Topic 87: Is it true that public schools are better able to prepare their students to face the challenges of the real world as compared to the private schools

Research Aim: This research will explore a common misconception that public school students are better prepared to face real-world challenges than private school students.

Topic 88: Can publicly-funded religious schools help to counter radicalisation and terrorism?

Research Aim: This study will explore an important topic, i.e. can terrorism and radicalisation be countered with public funding of schools.

Topic 89: Encouraging values and morals in the younger generation by reintroducing religious education in public schools in the UK

Research Aim: This research will study how reintroducing religious education help encourage values and morals in the younger generation in the UK.

Topic 90: Healthy eating habits and the role of public schools offering courses such as meal choice, cooking and home economics

Research Aim: This research will explore the benefits of cooking and home economic courses and promote healthy eating.

Topic 91: How public school students can be encouraged to participate in sporting activities?

Research Aim: This research will assess how public school students can be encouraged to participate in sporting activities.

Topic 92: The perception of special education administrators on the use of paraprofessionals in the education of students with disabilities

Topic 93: the perception of special education administrators on the use of paraprofessionals in the education of students with disabilities.

Research Aim: This research will discuss special education administrators and how they help offer quality education to disabled students.

Topic 94: Educating students with disabilities and the beliefs of public school principals

Research Aim: This research will explore the beliefs of public school principals and how these beliefs help offer quality education to disabled students.

Topic 95: Advanced teaching tools in public school classrooms – How they Help Improve Quality Education

Research Aim:  This research will explore how quality education is provided by implementing innovative technology in classrooms.

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Home Schooling Dissertation Topics

Homeschooling is a highly growing educational phenomenon in developed countries. Any form of education that children obtain within their home setting under the supervision of their parents/adults is classified as homeschooling. Some interesting home school dissertation topics are suggested below:

Topic 96: A qualitative study to understand the significance of the role of information technology in homeschooling

Research Aim: This research will assess the importance of information technology for homeschooling through qualitative research.

Topic 97: The advantages and disadvantages of home schooling – Do home children perform with the top private and public school students?

Research Aim: This research will assess the pros and cons of home schooling. It will also assess the performance of home schooled students as compared to private and public school students.

Topic 98: A qualitative analysis on socialisation and academic accomplishments among home schooled university students

Research Aim: This research will be a qualitative analysis with respect to socialization and academic accomplishments with respect to home schooled university students.

Topic 99: Factors motivating students to choose home schooling over conventional schooling systems

Research Aim: This study will explore the factors that motivate students to opt for homeschooling over the conventional schooling system.

Topic 100: A qualitative study to understand parental motivation to home schooling

Research Aim: This will be a qualitative study to assess the parental motivation to home school their children.

Topic 101: Are partnerships available in homeschooling? Exploring their Effectiveness

Research Aim: This research will explore whether partnerships are available in homeschooling or not and how beneficial do they prove to be.

Topic 102: A qualitative analysis to understand the educational beliefs of home schooled pupils and their parents

Research Aim: This research will conduct a qualitative analysis to assess the educational beliefs of homeschooled students and their parents.

Topic 103: A qualitative analysis on the relationship between financial literacy and homeschooling

Research Aim: This research will assess whether there is a relationship between homeschooling and financial literacy or not.

Topic 104: The duties and responsibilities of parents concerning the homeschooling of their children

Research Aim: This research will explore the duties and responsibilities of parents with respect to the homeschooling of their children.

Topic 105: Do Homeschool Children Develop Personalities and Characters like Private and Public Schooled Children?

Research Aim: This research will explore whether homeschooled children build strong character and confident personalities just like private and public schooled students or not.

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As a student of education looking to get good grades, it is essential to develop new ideas and experiment with existing education theories – i.e., to add value and interest to your research topic.

The field of education is vast and interrelated with so many other academic disciplines. That is why creating an education dissertation topic that is particular, sound, and actually solves a practical problem that may be rampant in the field is imperative.

We can’t stress how important it is to develop a logical research topic; it is the basis of your entire research. There are several significant downfalls to getting your topic wrong; your supervisor may not be interested in working on it, the topic has no academic creditability, the research may not make logical sense, and there is a possibility that the study is not viable.

This impacts your time and efforts in  writing your dissertation , as you may end up in the cycle of rejection at the very initial stage of the dissertation. That is why we recommend reviewing existing research to develop a topic, taking advice from your supervisor, and even asking for help in this particular stage of your dissertation.

While developing a research topic, keeping our advice in mind will allow you to pick one of the best education dissertation topics that fulfil your requirement of writing a research paper and add to the body of knowledge.

Therefore, it is recommended that when finalizing your dissertation topic, you read recently published literature to identify gaps in the research that you may help fill.

Remember- dissertation topics need to be unique, solve an identified problem, be logical, and be practically implemented. Take a look at some of our sample education dissertation topics to get an idea for your own dissertation.

How to Structure your Education Dissertation

A well-structured   dissertation can help students   to achieve a high overall academic grade.

  • A Title Page
  • Acknowledgements
  • Declaration
  • Abstract: A summary of the research completed
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction : This chapter includes the project rationale, research background, key research aims and objectives, and the research problems. An outline of the structure of a dissertation can also be added to this chapter.
  • Literature Review :  This chapter presents relevant theories and frameworks by analysing published and unpublished literature available on the chosen research topic in light of research questions to be addressed. The purpose is to highlight and discuss the relative weaknesses and strengths of the selected research area while identifying any research gaps. Break down of the topic, and key terms can positively impact your dissertation and your tutor.
  • Methodology: The  data collection  and  analysis methods and techniques employed by the researcher are presented in the Methodology chapter, which usually includes  research design, research philosophy, research limitations, code of conduct, ethical consideration, data collection methods, and  data analysis strategy .
  • Findings and Analysis: Findings of the research are analysed in detail under the Findings and Analysis chapter. All key findings/results are outlined in this chapter without interpreting the data or drawing any conclusions. It can be useful to include  graphs ,  charts, and  tables in this chapter to identify meaningful trends and relationships.
  • Discussion and  Conclusion: The researcher presents his interpretation of the results in this chapter and states whether the research hypothesis has been verified or not. An essential aspect of this section is to establish the link between the results and evidence from the literature. Recommendations with regards to implications of the findings and directions for the future may also be provided. Finally, a summary of the overall research, along with final judgments, opinions, and comments, must be included in the form of suggestions for improvement.
  • References:  Make sure to complete this in accordance with your University’s requirements
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices: Any additional information, diagrams, and graphs used to complete the dissertation  but not part of the dissertation should be included in the Appendices chapter. Essentially, the purpose is to expand the information/data.

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Associate teaching professor Corliss Thompson shares her top tips for choosing your EdD dissertation topic.

You’ve learned more about why you should earn your Doctor of Education ( EdD ), and now you’re ready to apply. As part of the Northeastern application process, however, you’re required to submit a problem of practice that you want to pursue throughout the course of your doctoral program.

But how do you arrive at that problem of practice and narrow your area of interest down into a specific dissertation topic? Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Tips for Choosing a Dissertation Topic

1. pick a topic you’re passionate about..

A lot of work goes into your dissertation—from the literature review, where you’re conducting a critical analysis of what’s been published on your topic, to interviewing stakeholders and actually writing the dissertation itself. Each of those steps take time, so you want to choose a topic that will keep you engaged and hold your interest.

When trying to decide your area of focus, consider the challenges you’re motivated to address and the difference you want to make both during and at the end of your EdD program. The goal is that you will continuously build off your dissertation research and leverage the work in a way that positively impacts your organization and/or community.

2. Ensure your topic is manageable.

You want to select a topic you can complete during the duration of your EdD program that is also aligned with your budget. If you need to travel or perform longitudinal research, your idea might not be achievable. Find what available, attainable data you can, and use that to narrow down your research into a dissertation that’s more manageable.

3. Embrace the unknown.

Although you’re passionate about your topic and it’s manageable, there will still be lingering questions about your subject. Be prepared to explore what you don’t know and deepen what you already do know. Strong research typically results in more questions.

Be ready to ask questions of yourself, others, and the literature, and get comfortable with not knowing the answer. As you’re thinking about your dissertation, keep track of inquiries that emerge around different ideas. Those may help you hone in on a topic.

4. Leverage your peers.

One benefit of enrolling in an EdD program is the diversity of backgrounds and opinions you’ll find within your cohort. At Northeastern, EdD instruction is primarily online, which enables students to connect and collaborate with professionals from around the world.

Vasiliki Goudanas Mavroudhis, a recent graduate of Northeastern’s EdD program, emphasized this benefit in her piece on what it’s like to be in an online doctoral program , saying:

The ability to not only have a cohort-based network, but one that crossed cohorts and continents, allowed me to have a far richer and deeper experience. I learned from students with different perspectives who came from different industries across a number of countries.

When fleshing out your dissertation, use that global network to your advantage. Ask your peers for constructive feedback. It’s likely they’ll have suggestions on how you can approach your topic from different cultural perspectives.

5. Know it’s OK to change your topic.

It’s natural for your dissertation topic to evolve the more research you complete and experts you interview. Actually, it’s expected.

Switching topics halfway through the program might seem like more work, but you will have already gone through the research process once and laid the foundation for your dissertation. As you approach your topic from different perspectives, it’s understandable if your own viewpoint changes a bit.

If you’re in need of inspiration, here are some examples of doctoral research Northeastern students have recently conducted:

  • “The Drop Out Decisions of Latino College Students”
  • “Changing the Experiences of African Refugee Youth”
  • “Supporting Students Through Mindful Mentoring”
  • “The Transitioning Student Veteran: Finding Your Civilian Career Through Academic Success”
  • “Bridging the Gap Between Training and Educating in Adult Learning”
  • “Watch out for Shards from the Glass Ceiling: A Study of Women Higher Educational Administrators’ Leadership Development Experiences”

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What is an Ed.D. Dissertation?

Definition of an ed.d. dissertation.

An Ed.D. dissertation is a 5-chapter scholarly document that brings together years of original research to address a problem of practice in education. To complete a dissertation, you will need to go through a number of scholarly steps , including a final defense to justify your findings.

Purpose of an Ed.D. Dissertation

In a Doctor of Education dissertation, you will be challenged to apply high-level research & creative problem-solving to real-world educational challenges. You may be asked to:

  • Take a critical look at current educational & administrative practices
  • Address urgent issues in the modern education system
  • Propose original & practical solutions for improvements
  • Expand the knowledge base for educational practitioners

Topics of Ed.D. Dissertations

An Ed.D. dissertation is “customizable.” You’re allowed to chose a topic that relates to your choice of specialty (e.g. elementary education), field of interest (e.g. curriculum development), and environment (e.g. urban schools).

Think about current problems of practice that need to be addressed in your field. You’ll notice that Ed.D. dissertation topics often address one of the following:

  • Academic performance
  • Teaching methods
  • Access to resources
  • Social challenges
  • Legislative impacts
  • System effectiveness

Wondering how others have done it? Browse through Examples of Ed.D. Dissertations and read the titles & abstracts. You’ll see how current educators are addressing their own problems of practice.

Ed.D. Dissertation Process

1. propose a dissertation topic.

Near the beginning of a Doctor of Education program, you’ll be expected to identify a dissertation topic that will require substantial research. This topic should revolve around a unique issue in education.

Universities will often ask you to provide an idea for your topic when you’re applying to the doctoral program. You don’t necessarily need to stick to this idea, but you should be prepared to explain why it interests you. If you need inspiration, see our section on Examples of Ed.D. Dissertations .

You’ll be expected to solidify your dissertation topic in the first few semesters. Talking to faculty and fellow Ed.D. students can help in this process. Better yet, your educational peers will often be able to provide unique perspectives on the topic (e.g. cultural differences in teaching methods).

2. Meet Your Dissertation Chair & Committee

You won’t be going through the Ed.D. dissertation process alone! Universities will help you to select a number of experienced mentors. These include:

  • Dissertation Chair/Faculty Advisor: The Chair of the Dissertation Committee acts as your primary advisor. You’ll often see them referred to as the Supervising Professor, Faculty Advisor, or the like. You’ll rely on this “Obi Wan” for their knowledge of the field, research advice & guidance, editorial input on drafts, and more. They can also assist with shaping & refining your dissertation topic.
  • Dissertation Committee:  The Dissertation Committee is made up of ~3 faculty members, instructors and/or adjuncts with advanced expertise in your field of study. The Committee will offer advice, provide feedback on your research progress, and review your work & progress reports. When you defend your proposal and give your final defense , you’ll be addressing the Dissertation Committee.

3. Study for Ed.D. Courses

Doctor of Education coursework is designed to help you: a) learn how to conduct original research; and b) give you a broader perspective on your field of interest. If you take a look at the curriculum in any Ed.D. program, you’ll see that students have to complete credits in:

  • Practical Research Methods (e.g. Quantitative Design & Analysis for Educational Leaders)
  • Real-World Educational Issues (e.g. Educational Policy, Law & Practice)

When you’re evaluating possible Ed.D. programs, pay attention to the coursework in real-world educational issues. You’ll want to pick an education doctorate with courses that complement your dissertation topic.

4. Complete a Literature Review

A literature review is an evaluation of existing materials & research work that relate to your dissertation topic. It’s a written synthesis that:

  • Grounds your project within the field
  • Explains how your work relates to previous research & theoretical frameworks
  • Helps to identify gaps in the existing research

Have a look at Literature Review Guides if you’d like to know more about the process. Our section on Resources for Ed.D. Dissertation Research also has useful links to journals & databases.

5. Craft a Dissertation Proposal

During the first two years of your Doctor of Education, you’ll use the knowledge you’ve learned from your coursework & discussions to write the opening chapters of your dissertation, including an:

  • Introduction  that defines your chosen topic
  • Literature Review of existing research in the field
  • Proposed Research Methodology for finding the answer to your problem

When you’re putting together these elements, think about the practicals. Is the topic too big to address in one dissertation? How much time will your research take and how will you conduct it? Will your dissertation be relevant to your current job? If in doubt, ask your faculty advisor.

6. Defend Your Dissertation Proposal

About midway through the Ed.D. program, you will need to present your proposal to your Dissertation Committee. They will review your work and offer feedback. For example, the Committee will want to see that:

  • Your research topic is significant.
  • Your research methodology & timeline make sense.
  • Relevant works are included in the literature review.

After the Committee approves your proposal, you can get stuck into conducting original research and writing up your findings. These two important tasks will take up the final years of your doctorate.

7. Conduct Original Research into Your Topic

As a Doctor of Education student, you will be expected to conduct your own research. Ed.D. students often use a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods (quantitative/qualitative) approach in this process.

  • Quantitative Research: Collection & analysis of numerical data to identify characteristics, discover correlations, and/or test hypotheses.
  • Qualitative Research: Collection & analysis of non-numerical data to understand & explain phenomena (e.g. questionnaires, in-depth interviews, focus groups, video artifacts, etc.).

Your Ed.D. coursework will ground you in research methods & tools, so you’ll be prepared to design your own project and seek IRB approval for any work involving human subjects.

Note: Occasionally, universities can get creative. For example, the Ed.D. program at San Jose State University asks students to produce a documentary film instead of conducting traditional research.

8. Write the Rest of Your Dissertation

Once you have written up the first few chapters of your dissertation (Intro, Literature Review & Proposed Methodology) and completed your research work, you’ll be able to complete the final chapters of your dissertation.

  • Chapter 4 will detail your research findings.
  • Chapter 5 is a conclusion that summarizes solutions to your problem of practice/topic.

This is where you and your faculty advisor will often have a lot of interaction! For example, you may need to rework the first few chapters of your dissertation after you’ve drafted the final chapters. Faculty advisors are extremely busy people, so be sure to budget in ample time for revisions and final edits.

9. Defend Your Dissertation

The final defense/candidacy exam is a formal presentation of your work to the Dissertation Committee. In many cases, the defense is an oral presentation with visual aides. You’ll be able to explain your research findings, go through your conclusions, and highlight new ideas & solutions.

At any time, the Committee can challenge you with questions, so you should be prepared to defend your conclusions. But this process is not as frightening as it sounds!

  • If you’ve been in close contact with the Committee throughout the dissertation, they will be aware of your work.
  • Your faculty advisor will help you decide when you’re ready for the final defense.
  • You can also attend the defenses of other Ed.D. students to learn what questions may be asked.

Be aware that the Committee has the option to ask for changes before they approve your dissertation. After you have incorporated any notes from the Committee and addressed their concerns, you will finalize the draft, submit your dissertation for a formal review, and graduate.

Ed.D. Dissertation Format: 5 Chapters

Chapter 1: introduction.

Your Doctor of Education dissertation will begin with an introduction. In it, you’ll be expected to:

  • Provide an overview of your educational landscape
  • Explain important definitions & key concepts
  • Define a real-world topic/problem of practice
  • Outline the need for new studies on this topic

Chapter 2: Literature Review

The literature review is a summary of existing research in the field. However, it is not an annotated bibliography. Instead, it’s a critical analysis of current research (e.g. trends, themes, debates & current practices). While you’re evaluating the literature, you’re also looking for the gaps where you can conduct original research.

Sources for a literature review can include books, articles, reports, websites, dissertations, and more. Our section on Resources for Ed.D. Dissertation Research has plenty of places to start.

Chapter 3: Research Methodology

In the research methodology, you’ll be expected to explain:

  • The purpose of your research
  • What tools & methods you plan to use to research your topic/problem of practice
  • The design of the study
  • Your timeline for gathering quantitative & qualitative data
  • How you plan to analyze that data
  • Any limitations you foresee

Chapter 4: Results & Analysis

Chapter 4 is the place where you can share the results of your original research and present key findings from the data. In your analysis, you may also be highlighting new patterns, relationships, and themes that other scholars have failed to discover. Have a look at real-life Examples of Ed.D. Dissertations to see how this section is structured.

Chapter 5: Discussions & Conclusions

The final chapter of your Ed.D. dissertation brings all of your work together in a detailed summary. You’ll be expected to:

  • Reiterate the objectives of your dissertation
  • Explain the significance of your research findings
  • Outline the implications of your ideas on existing practices
  • Propose solutions for a problem of practice
  • Make suggestions & recommendations for future improvements

Ed.D. Dissertation FAQs

What’s the difference between a dissertation and a thesis.

  • Dissertation: A dissertation is a 5-chapter written work that must be completed in order to earn a doctoral degree (e.g. Ph.D., Ed.D., etc.). It’s often focused on original research.
  • Thesis: A thesis is a written work that must be completed in order to earn a master’s degree. It’s typically shorter than a dissertation and based on existing research.

How Long is a Ed.D. Dissertation?

It depends. Most Ed.D. dissertations end up being between 80-200 pages. The length will depend on a number of factors, including the depth of your literature review, the way you collect & present your research data, and any appendices you might need to include.

How Long Does it Take to Finish an Ed.D. Dissertation?

It depends. If you’re in an accelerated program , you may be able to finish your dissertation in 2-3 years. If you’re in a part-time program and need to conduct a lot of complex research work, your timeline will be much longer.

What’s a Strong Ed.D. Dissertation Topic?

Experts always say that Doctor of Education students should be passionate about their dissertation topic and eager to explore uncharted territory. When you’re crafting your Ed.D. dissertation topic , find one that will be:

  • Significant

See the section on Examples of Ed.D. Dissertations for inspiration.

Do I Have to Complete a Traditional Dissertation for an Ed.D.?

No. If you’re struggling with the idea of a traditional dissertation, check out this guide to Online Ed.D. Programs with No Dissertation . Some Schools of Education give Ed.D. students the opportunity to complete a Capstone Project or Dissertation in Practice (DiP) instead of a 5-chapter written work.

These alternatives aren’t easy! You’ll still be challenged at the same level as you would be for a dissertation. However, Capstone Projects & DiPs often involve more group work and an emphasis on applied theory & research.

What’s the Difference Between a Ph.D. Dissertation and Ed.D. Dissertation?

Have a look at our Ed.D. vs. Ph.D. Guide to get a sense of the differences between the two degrees. In a nutshell:

  • Ed.D. dissertations tend to focus on addressing current & real-world topics/problems of practice in the workplace.
  • Ph.D. dissertations usually put more emphasis on creating new theories & concepts and even completely rethinking educational practices.

How Can I Learn More About Ed.D. Dissertations?

Start with the section on Examples of Ed.D. Dissertations . You can browse through titles, abstracts, and even complete dissertations from a large number of universities.

If you have a few Doctor of Education programs on your shortlist, we also recommend that you skim through the program’s Dissertation Handbook . It can usually be found on the School of Education’s website. You’ll be able to see how the School likes to structure the dissertation process from start to finish.

Ed.D. Dissertation Support

University & campus resources, dissertation chair & committee.

The first port of call for any questions about the Ed.D. dissertation is your Dissertation Chair. If you get stuck with a terrible faculty advisor, talk to members of the Dissertation Committee. They are there to support your journey.

University Library

An Ed.D. dissertation is a massive research project. So before you choose a Doctor of Education program, ask the School of Education about its libraries & library resources (e.g. free online access to subscription-based journals).

Writing Center

Many universities have a Writing Center. If you’re struggling with any elements of your dissertation (e.g. editing), you can ask the staff about:

  • Individual tutoring
  • Editorial assistance
  • Outside resources

Mental Health Support

It’s well-known that doctoral students often face a lot of stress & isolation during their studies. Ask your faculty advisor about mental health services at the university. Staff in the School of Education and the Graduate School will also have information about on-campus counselors, free or discounted therapy sessions, and more.

Independent Dissertation Services

Dissertation editing services: potentially helpful.

There are scores of independent providers who offer dissertation editing services. But they can be expensive. And many of these editors have zero expertise in educational fields.

If you need help with editing & proofreading, proceed with caution:

  • Start by asking your Dissertation Chair about what’s permitted for third party involvement (e.g. you may need to note any editor’s contribution in your dissertation acknowledgments) and whether they have any suggestions.
  • The Graduate School is another useful resource. For example, Cornell’s Graduate School maintains a list of Editing, Typing, and Proofreading Services for graduate students.

Dissertation Coaches: Not Worth It

Dissertation coaches are defined as people who offer academic & mental support, guidance, and editorial input.

  • That means the person who should be your coach is your Dissertation Chair/Faculty Advisor. Remember that faculty members on the Dissertation Committee can also provide assistance.
  • If you’re looking for extra support, you might consider consulting a mentor in your line of work and collaborating with fellow Ed.D. students.

But hiring an independent Ed.D. dissertation coach is going to be an absolute waste of money.

Dissertation Writing Services: Just Don’t!

Universities take the dissertation process  very seriously . An Ed.D. dissertation is supposed to be the culmination of years of original thought and research. You’re going to be responsible for the final product. You’re going to be defending your written work in front of a phalanx of experienced faculty members. You’re going to be putting this credential on your résumé for everyone to see.

If you cheat the process by having someone else write up your work, you will get caught.

Ed.D. Dissertation Resources

Examples of ed.d. dissertations, dissertation databases.

  • Open Access Theses and Dissertations
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • EBSCO Open Dissertations

Ed.D. Dissertations

  • USF Scholarship Repository: Ed.D. Dissertations
  • George Fox University: Doctor of Education
  • UW Tacoma: Ed.D. Dissertations in Practice
  • Liberty University: School of Education Doctoral Dissertations
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor: Dissertation Collection

Ed.D. Dissertation Abstracts

  • Michigan State University: Ed.D. Dissertation Abstracts

Ed.D. Dissertation Guides & Tools

General ed.d. guides.

  • SNHU: Educational Leadership Ed.D./Ph.D. Guide

Dissertation Style Manuals

  • Chicago Manual of Style

Style manuals are designed to ensure that every Ed.D. student follows the same set of writing guidelines for their dissertation (e.g. grammatical rules, footnote & quotation formats, abbreviation conventions, etc.). Check with the School of Education to learn which style manual they use.

Examples of Ed.D. Dissertation Templates

  • Purdue University: Dissertation Template
  • Walden University: Ed.D. Dissertation Template

Each School of Education has a standard dissertation template. We’ve highlighted a couple of examples so you can see how they’re formatted, but you will need to acquire the template from your own university.

Literature Review Guides

  • UNC Chapel Hill: Writing Guide for Literature Reviews
  • University of Alabama: How to Conduct a Literature Review

Resources for Ed.D. Dissertation Research

Journal articles.

  • EBSCO Education Research Databases
  • Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
  • Emerald Education eJournal Collection
  • Gale OneFile: Educator’s Reference Complete
  • Google Scholar
  • NCES Bibliography Search Tool
  • ProQuest Education Database
  • SAGE Journals: Education

Useful Websites

  • Harvard Gutman Library: Websites for Educators
  • EduRef: Lesson Plans

Educational Data & Statistics

  • Digest of Education Statistics
  • Education Policy Data Center (EPDC)
  • ICPSR Data Archive
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics site logo that links to homepage

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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Okay … and here’s the Rest!


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

education dissertation topics

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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The Harvard University Archives ’ collection of theses, dissertations, and prize papers document the wide range of academic research undertaken by Harvard students over the course of the University’s history.

Beyond their value as pieces of original research, these collections document the history of American higher education, chronicling both the growth of Harvard as a major research institution as well as the development of numerous academic fields. They are also an important source of biographical information, offering insight into the academic careers of the authors.

Printed list of works awarded the Bowdoin prize in 1889-1890.

Spanning from the ‘theses and quaestiones’ of the 17th and 18th centuries to the current yearly output of student research, they include both the first Harvard Ph.D. dissertation (by William Byerly, Ph.D . 1873) and the dissertation of the first woman to earn a doctorate from Harvard ( Lorna Myrtle Hodgkinson , Ed.D. 1922).

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  • Ph.D. dissertations of astronomer Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (Ph.D. 1925) and physicist John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (Ph.D. 1922)
  • Undergraduate honors theses of novelist John Updike (A.B. 1954), filmmaker Terrence Malick (A.B. 1966),  and U.S. poet laureate Tracy Smith (A.B. 1994)
  • Undergraduate prize papers and dissertations of philosophers Ralph Waldo Emerson (A.B. 1821), George Santayana (Ph.D. 1889), and W.V. Quine (Ph.D. 1932)
  • Undergraduate honors theses of U.S. President John F. Kennedy (A.B. 1940) and Chief Justice John Roberts (A.B. 1976)

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Start Dates

With flexible start dates, you can begin your program when it’s best for you.

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Here are just some of the courses you’ll take when working towards this program. Visit the College Catalog to see all courses.

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Admission requirements, ace general admission requirements.

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.

**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Master’s level (or higher) degree earned
  • Minimum grade point average 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • Provisional admission is not permitted
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae (preferred) or resume.
  • Submit a goal statement, in response to department-specific prompts
  • Complete an interview
  • Applicants must achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit, to the Admissions Office, an official evaluation from a NACES-approved organization.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through a NACES -recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency .
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  • Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.
  • Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
  • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.
  • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  • Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C) .

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Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, (Ph.D.) - Mathematics and Science Education Specialization

This program leads to a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership with a specialization in Mathematics and Science Education . The Mathematics and Science Education specialization prepares researchers and transformative practitioners in K-16 mathematics and science education. Students in this program gain a deep understanding of classic and current research in mathematics and science education, theories of individual and social cognition, teacher education and professional development, and research methods commonly used by mathematics and science education researchers, all with an emphasis on the connections among theory, research, and practice. Students also develop their own abilities as mathematical and scientific thinkers. All students take a set of common courses addressing teaching, learning, policy, and teacher preparation in mathematics and science, as well as more specialized courses addressing mathematics or science education separately. Students also have opportunities to take science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) policy and leadership courses. The specialization takes advantage of the University of Maryland’s location in a high-needs urban school district near Washington, DC. Faculty in this program have connections to local schools that enable students to get involved with research and teacher professional development focused on the needs of urban schools.

For information on graduate admission please see the Graduate School's Admissions page for the Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership at . We accept both full-time and part-time doctoral students.

Select an area of interest from the various offerings in the College of Education to determine the admission requirements and deadlines.  If you are unsure of your area of interest you may request information by submitting an  Inquiry Form .

Applicants who wish to apply to the Ph.D. program with specialization in Mathematics and Science Education should select Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) as their “Intended Program of Study.” 

Please refer to the  Guide to Applying   for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of   Frequently Asked Questions . International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.

INFORMATION SESSION about our Ph.D. and M.A. programs will be held on October 13, 2023 , by zoom.

Financial assistance for graduate study is generally divided into two categories: 

  • Fellowships and Scholarships Loans  
  • Graduate Assistantships 

For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the  Office of Student Financial Aid  

There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. 

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: 

The College of Education Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The University's Scholarships webpage , and 

The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpage

The doctoral curriculum typically requires at least three years of graduate study beyond the Master’s degree. Many students admitted to the doctoral program already have a Master’s degree. If a student does not have a Master’s degree, an advisor develops an individualized plan that aligns Master’s level and Doctoral level coursework for the student. Students are expected to integrate into the campus scholarly community and to be available on a full-time basis.   

Integrated Department Core : All new TLPL PhD students join a two-course sequence (6 semester hours) in foundations of inquiry and practice with other department specialization students from Education Policy and Leadership, Language, Literacy and Social Inquiry, Mathematics and Science Education, Minority and Urban Education, Teacher Education and Professional Development, and Technology, Learning and Leadership.  

Specialization Core : MSED students take a two-course sequence (6 semester hours) as the specialization core in (i) learning and reasoning in mathematics and science, and (ii) mathematics and science teacher education and policy. An additional 6 semester hours (two courses) of courses allow students to specialize in mathematics education or science education. Students also take two disciplinary courses of their choice in mathematics or science.

Intermediate and Advanced Methods : Students are required to take at least 12 credit hours of research methods courses, including one qualitative and one quantitative methods course. Students may take research methods courses in TLPL, Human Development and Quantitative Methods ( HDQM ), or other academic departments. 

Doctoral Seminars : For at least three semesters, doctoral students in MSED enroll in a bi-weekly 1-credit seminar that is run by and for graduate students. Students typically share and get feedback on work-in-progress.  

TLPL Ph.D. Specialization in Mathematics & Science Education (MSED)  

Integrative departmental core (6 cr).

Introduction to core issues in educational policy, practice, and research, is taken by all 1st-year doctoral students in TLPL.

  • TLPL 794: Foundations of Educational Inquiry I ("Core I")
  • TLPL 795: Foundations of Educational Inquiry II ("Core II")

Intermediate & Advanced Methods (12 cr)

1 “Initial” Qualitative Methods (Example:  TLPL 791: Qualitative Research I: Design and Fieldwork) 

1 “Initial” Quantitative Methods (at the level of EDMS 646  or EDMS 651, depending on your Advisor and specific plans).  Note: EDMS 645 doesn’t count for this requirement. 

2 Advanced Methods courses chosen in consultation with Advisor.  Note:  An apprenticeship-like practical experience, with deep immersion in learning and using advanced methods, can substitute for one of the courses. 

Specialization Core (9 CR) 

TLPL 710: Theory and Research on Mathematical and Scientific Thinking and Learning. 

TLPL 713: Mathematics and Science Education Policy, Professional Development and Teacher Preparation  (Note: Students focused on higher ed. may petition to replace this with a similarly themed course focused on higher ed.) 

TLPL 728: Research Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education. (1-credit seminar, 3 semesters worth).  

Math and/or Science Education Field Courses (6 cr)

  • TLPL 620: Trends in School Curriculum: Science Recent Developments In Educational Thinking And Practice On Curriculum In Science Education. 
  • TLPL 720: Foundations of Science Education  Development of science education, pre-kindergarten through college; the influences on current and future practices; and the identification and critical analysis of topics in science education; equity and identity in science education. 
  • TLPL  711: Foundations of Mathematics Education II: Theory and Research on Mathematics Teaching  Knowledge of and insights into how mathematics has been and is being taught; theories about how it might be taught. Familiarity with the methods used to do research on teaching and to improve teaching. 
  • TLPL 712: Foundations of Mathematics Education III: Curriculum  The study of curriculum in mathematics and research on curriculum. The relationship of mathematics and school mathematics; the forms, purposes, development, and evaluation of mathematics curricula. 

Note: Mathematics education concentrators take TLPL 711 and 712.  Science education concentrators take TLPL 620 and 720. Students with a “STEM” focus, working with their advisor, can work out a “mix and match” plan, also including TLPL core courses (Proseminar on Theories of Learning, and Proseminar on Research). 

Disciplinary courses in math, statistics (from STAT department), and/or science, graduate level or advisor-approved 400 level. Note: With advisor approval, students may “mix and match” mathematics and science courses. (6 credits)

Electives (9 cr)

Note:  Up to an additional 3 credits of TLPL 728: Research Seminar in Mathematics Education, beyond the required 3 credits, can count toward electives. 

Master’s Coursework (30 cr)

Students who enter without a master's degree in math or science use some of these credits for additional disciplinary courses in math or science.   

Dissertation Research (12 cr)

TLPL 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (6 credits per semester once advanced to candidacy) 

Minimum Total Credits:  

60 if student has a Master's degree  90 if student does not have a Master's degree 

Graduate Education Program Requirements

If you have questions about our admission process, contact TLPL Graduate Coordinator Kay Moon at  [email protected]

For Math-specific questions, students may contact Dr. Andrew Brantlinger at  [email protected] .

For science-specific questions, students may contact Dr. Andrew Elby at  [email protected] .

Deadlines vary by degree and program.  Please refer to the Graduate School's application information .

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Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.  See the  Graduate Catalog  and Graduate  Policies  governing graduate education at the University of Maryland. The  schedule adjustment policy  is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.

Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process. Please refer to  Steps Toward Graduation  to determine the steps and forms that are required. To access forms used by graduate students visit the Graduate Studies Forms page in Student Services .


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  • Social Sciences Full Text This link opens in a new window A broad array of basic social sciences journals, including interdisciplinary fields. Covers a wide array of areas, including addiction studies, ethics, public welfare, urban studies, and much more.
  • Encyclopedia of Social Work Co-published by the National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press, the Encyclopedia of Social Work is widely considered the cornerstone of reference in its field. Includes coverage of areas that have come to the fore since the 1995 publication of the 19th edition, including demographic changes from immigration, technology, the implications of managed care, faith-based assistance, evidence-based practice, gerontology, and trauma and disaster.
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How to Write an Acknowledgment for a Thesis

Lindsay Kramer

You’re almost there. You’ve finished your research, you’ve written your thesis, you’ve formatted your work and bibliography , and now you can see yourself in a cap and gown, the newly minted holder of a master’s degree or PhD.

You put in the work—but you didn’t get there alone. Like every protagonist in a literary journey, a cast of characters helped you along the way. The place to recognize them is in the acknowledgment section of your thesis. Read on to learn how to write an acknowledgment for a thesis.

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What is an acknowledgment for a thesis?

An acknowledgment for a thesis is a short section within the thesis that recognizes the people who supported its author through their work. This includes the author’s colleagues as well as family members and friends.

Although an acknowledgment section is not a required part of a thesis or dissertation , writing one is generally considered to be good etiquette, for a few reasons:

  • Although you did the bulk of the work on your thesis, others provided support that made it easier—and in some cases, made it possible—for you to conduct your research and complete your thesis.
  • In many cases, the people who supported you are the people you will seek out for collaboration on future projects. Acknowledging their role in supporting you through your thesis is a way to build goodwill and avoid offending anybody by making them feel snubbed.

When should you include an acknowledgment in your thesis

Include an acknowledgment in your thesis if anybody helped you conduct your research. Think holistically about this—while you might have conducted the research completely on your own, it’s likely that a lot of people in your life made the process easier for you in some way. For example, your parents might have contributed to your rent each month so you could focus on your work, or your best friend might have met up with you for late-night vent and movie sessions to bring you back up for air after intense study and writing periods.

The reason why most graduates include an acknowledgment in their thesis is to show their gratitude for the people who helped them through the long, academically challenging process of completing their work. For many, it’s also an investment in the future. The people who helped you on the way to this point will often become your colleagues or collaborators, and remembering them now can earn their goodwill later.

Who should be acknowledged?

Anybody who worked on your thesis with you or otherwise made your life easier during that period should be acknowledged. One easy way to make sure you don’t leave anybody out is to write a list of everybody who played a role in you completing your work, no matter how small their contribution.

Once you’ve got your list, divide it into two categories: professional and personal acknowledgments.

Professional acknowledgments

Professional acknowledgments should include everybody who supported you in a professional capacity, like your adviser, colleagues, lab assistants, research participants, and any individuals or groups who funded your work. For this last category, note how much each funding body contributed and any additional relevant details, like the specific aspects of your work made possible by their contributions. When you write your thesis acknowledgment, this section goes first.

Personal acknowledgements

Personal acknowledgements includes everybody who supported you in a non-professional capacity. Their support is no less important than the first group’s support, but it is quite different. In this section, acknowledge your partner, family, and friends for their motivation and support. This is also the section where you can recognize anybody who inspired you to pursue your research or influenced you.

3 tips for writing an acknowledgment for a thesis

An acknowledgment is generally about a page long, though it can be longer or shorter. There’s no strict length limit for acknowledgments; take as much space as necessary to thank everybody whose help and support made your thesis possible. However, this part of your thesis should not go on ad nauseam: Keeping it to one page or less is preferable.

A thesis acknowledgment typically comes after the work’s abstract and before its table of contents. However, this isn’t always the case—check to see if your university has specific guidelines for thesis formatting.

Use an appreciative , professional tone. For each professional acknowledgment, include the individual’s full name and title. For personal acknowledgments, avoid nicknames and any sappy or overly sentimental language.

Thesis acknowledgment example

I am deeply indebted to my kind, motivated supervisor, Dr. Andres Gutierrez. From the moment I proposed this project to my thesis defense, he has provided valuable feedback that pushed me to take my work further than I thought it could go.

Many thanks to my colleagues, Andrea Sycho, MA, and Elizabeth Zain. They were the best sounding boards and providers of constructive feedback I could ask for. I truly appreciate every conversation we had and every piece of moral support I received.

Finally, I’d like to thank my family. Mom and Dad, you’ve known this has been my goal since childhood, and you’ve supported me every step of the way. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thesis acknowledgment FAQs

What is it.

A thesis acknowledgment is a brief section within a thesis that recognizes the people who supported the thesis’s author, professionally and personally, as they completed the work.

Acknowledge everybody who played a role in the completion of your research, no matter how directly or indirectly involved they were. This includes your supervisors, colleagues, assistants, and funding bodies as well as family and friends who provided moral and material support.

What are some tips for acknowledgments in your thesis?

In a thesis acknowledgment, maintain a professional tone. It doesn’t need to be stuffy or stilted, but it also should not be overly conversational.

List professional acknowledgments before personal acknowledgments. When listing professional collaborators, influences, supervisors, and helpers, list each individual’s full name and title.

Keep the acknowledgment concise. It should not exceed one page.

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Grand Canyon University pushes back against $37M fine from Education Dept.

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The nation’s largest Christian university says it will fight a $37.7 million fine from the Education Department over accusations it misled students over college costs, questioning whether the penalty is religious persecution.

Grand Canyon University President Brian Mueller on Thursday also accused the federal agency of retaliating against the school for an ongoing lawsuit over whether the institution could become a nonprofit.

“This is government overreach,” Mueller said to an arena full of hundreds of students, faculty and staff in Phoenix. “This is the weaponization of a department that has an opinion that isn’t shared by anybody else. There’s no corroborating evidence to indicate that there’s something nefarious going on here.”

Late last month, the Education Department slapped Grand Canyon, which enrolls more than 118,000 students mostly online, with the largest fine issued against a university for deceptive practices. Investigators in the department’s Federal Student Aid office say the school misled more than 7,500 former and current students about the cost of its doctoral programs.

They claim GCU advertised that its doctoral programs cost between $40,000 and $49,000, when in fact fewer than 2 percent of its graduates paid that amount. Most students paid as much as $12,000 more in tuition for courses required for a dissertation, the department said.

Grand Canyon said such continuation courses are common in doctoral programs. It also has said the university prominently discloses the potential extra costs in its marketing materials and is more transparent than other schools. Those disclosures have received the backing of GCU’s accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission. Mueller said the Education Department told the university that its findings were not based on evidence that any student was actually misled.

Grand Canyon notified the department Thursday of its intention to appeal the fine, which requires an internal review at the agency that could ultimately involve Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. The Education Department said it is in receipt of the request, which will be referred to its Office of Hearings and Appeals for an independent review.

If the appeal is unsuccessful, Mueller said the university will file a lawsuit and fight all the way to the Supreme Court if needed. He said the legal fees could impose a financial hardship that forces the university to raise tuition.

“We pour all the money back into these classrooms, these laboratories, these residence halls, this technology. It makes absolutely no sense to send any money to Washington, D.C.,” Mueller said.

Grand Canyon has been locked in litigation with the Education Department over the agency’s rejection of its bid to convert from a for-profit to nonprofit institution. Mueller claims the department is targeting the school in retaliation for the lawsuit.

He also raised the specter of religious persecution by the department, noting that it has been investigating Liberty University, a Christian school in Virginia. A draft report by the department, which Liberty has said contains significant inaccuracies, flagged numerous campus safety issues.

“It’s interesting, isn’t it, that the two largest Christian universities in the country, this one and Liberty University, are both being fined,” Mueller said. “Now is there cause and effect? I don’t know.”


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