Centro de Estudios Graduados e Investigación
The doctoral program in education has been designed to enable teachers, college professors, community advocates and educational administrators to work in their respective communities while simultaneously developing new leadership skills and acquiring postgraduate training. The program allows the students to strategically confront the complex realities and challenges facing educational institutions and examine them from a broad-base systems perspective.
The School of Education takes great pride in being responsive to student initiative and individual needs. Thus, the doctoral programs are ones in which learning is interactive, collaborative and competency based, grounded in mutual respect among learner, faculty and the institution. The learning model of the program is based on the principles of adult learning and designed to accommodate the needs, requirements and learning styles of adult professionals.
Students in the doctoral degree programs will learn through a combination of structured course work and independent study. They will learn working collaboratively with peers and faculty. They will utilize a range of learning media, including face-to-face seminars, web-enhanced courses and electronic email. This flexibility in learning modalities will emphasize academic understanding, research and writing skills and applied activities.
The faculty of the School of Education works together in presenting an integrated curriculum, involving students through research, case analysis, group projects, integrative experiences and cooperative learning. Learning is an interactive process, thus integration, student participation and teamwork will consistently be reflected in all courses.
The doctoral program includes the following specializations: Educational Leadership and Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environment.
The curriculum consists of four elements. First, students will engage in the disciplined and critical study of the social context that has special relevance to education. Throughout the program, students will refer to this social context as background to analyze critical problems of practice. Second, students will analyze theories; acquire technical and professional skills in their respective specializations. Third, students will acquire and apply knowledge in research methodology to identify and analyze educational problems. Finally, through the dissertation, students will develop and exhibit abilities to engage in sustained research.