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Concentration: Educational Equity

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Program: Teacher Education and Learning Sciences
Delivery Method: On Campus

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The Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences: Educational Equity concentration is designed for individuals interested in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in K-12 and higher education. Graduates of this concentration will be prepared to assume academic careers as university faculty members (e.g., Professors of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, or Multicultural Education) and/or administrators (e.g., Associate Dean for Diversity; Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Equal Opportunity). Graduates may choose to complete experiences that will prepare them as scholars, advocates and activists, educators, and diversity trainers within business and industry, community organizations, educational and/or government institutions.

This concentration addresses:

Educational equity and access
Multicultural education and literacy

Equity in STEM
Public engagement

Ethical/moral dimensions of school leadership
Diversity and equity in schools and communities


Concentration Details

The primary aim of the Educational Equity concentration is to provide graduate-level training to persons interested in being leaders who will transform educational institutions and their communities by addressing and reducing inequity. Education and training in the Educational Equity concentration are rooted in the assumption that equal opportunity is not available to all because of prejudice, discrimination, and systematic injustice. Research and analyses show that public policies, programs, and institutional practices generate inequitable outcomes in schools and that educational organizations have the responsibility and potential to focus on strategies and solutions for an equitable future. The goal of education, training and professional development in the Educational Equity concentration is to celebrate and advance diversity and inclusion while naming, interrogating, and challenging oppression, exploitation, and marginalization within education at the local, state, national, and international levels. The program courses, research, and other activities will focus on issues of privilege and power relating to social identity groups (e.g., race/ethnicity, language, gender, sexuality, class, religion, ability, political viewpoints, etc.) in a range of educational contexts including universities, K-12 schools, business and industry, and community agencies/institutions. Furthermore, students will learn analysis, evaluation, and implementation of policies, programs, and practices to promote educational equity.

Faculty research interests in the PAS are broad and include equity and diversity across the disciplines (e.g. literacy, stem, history); race/ethnicity; gender & sexuality; disability; diversity & leadership; community engagement; immigration; and language learning and acquisition.

The Graduate School outlines basic requirements for admission.

  • Current resumé
  • Personal statement detailing background and experiences with goals and commitment to doctoral studies. Include why you are interested in educational equity along with a description of previous work that has been undertaken in this realm. If relevant, please include a description of the faculty member with whom you hope to engage.
  • Three reference letters detailing your relationship to the applicant and discussing your work ethic/potential as a doctoral student.
  • 3.0 grade point average or higher at the master’s level
  • Completed application to the NC State Graduate School
  • GRE Scores

Core Courses (12 hours)

  • ECI 507 Social Justice in Education
  • ECI 709 Educational Equity: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • ECI 709 Critical Theory and Public Engagement
  • ECI 850 Internship in Curriculum & Instruction

Department Core (6 hours)

  •     ECI 709 Teacher Education
  •     ECI 709 Learning Sciences

College Core (6 hours)

  •       ED 755 Diversity & Equity Scholar Leader Course
  •       ED 756 Leadership & Change Scholar Leader Course

Research Methods (15 hours)

  • ED 710 Applied Quant Methods in Education I (required)
  • ED 711 Applied Quant Methods in Education II
  • ED 712 Survey Methods
  • ED 730 Intro to Qual Research in Education (required)
  • ED 731 Advanced Qual Research and Data Analysis in Education
  • ED 750 Mixed Methods Research in Education
  • ED 795 Special Topics in Education Research (may be repeated)
  • Other courses as approved by your advisor

Dissertation Research  (9 hours)

ECI 895 Dissertation Research

EE Electives (12 hours)

  • Determined in consultation with your advisor
    The EE degree can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. The purpose of the core courses is to give students a common foundation in educational equity while the elective courses enable students to specialize within a particular equity and/or subject area.

TOTAL: 60 Hours

Review the Estimated Cost of Attendance associated with this doctoral degree for the upcoming semester tuition and fees. Note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

Funding is available through hourly work, assistantships, and fellowships. Please see Financing Graduate Education for more information.

Crystal Chen Lee, Concentration Coordinator
Assistant Professor

Christy Byrd
Associate Professor

Maria Coady
Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Equity

Michelle Falter
Associate Professor, Affiliate Faculty

DeLeon Gray

Micha Jeffries
Assistant Teaching Professor

Joanna Koch
Assistant Teaching Professor

Patricia Marshall

Samantha Marshall
Assistant Professor

Amato Nocera
Assistant Professor

Jamie Pearson
Assistant Professor