PhD - Corvallis

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The Education PhD program is a research-oriented degree located on the Corvallis campus

The program provides unique opportunities for students to develop their research skills alongside faculty whose areas of expertise align with students’ own research interests. The program is flexible, welcoming both full- and part-time students. 

Program led by world-class faculty

This PhD in Education degree program is led by a small group of world-class faculty with a strong commitment to equity in education and expertise in cultural and social aspects of education across contexts. Program faculty draw from diverse theoretical perspectives and have a history of community engagement and policy work at the community, state, and national levels.

  • Strong research programs and teaching opportunities prepare students to navigate, and contribute to a field of research while putting theory into practice.
  • The program is designed to be flexible and personalized in order for students to pursue their unique interests and benefit from collaborations with other units at OSU.
  • New cohorts usually begin in fall. Classes are held face-to-face on the Corvallis campus.

Program Introduction

By: Dr. Soria Colomer


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The Education PhD program offers three option areas for students: Agricultural Education; Language, Equity and Educational Policy, and Science/Mathematics Education. Students benefit from the personalized support of advisors and faculty and often take coursework across two or more of the options’ content courses.

Graduates are prepared to influence important educational issues across local, national, and international contexts. Alumni often take positions as educational researchers and faculty in colleges, universities, or community settings and contribute to the fields of teaching and learning. 


Meghann Fenn, Program Lead
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PhD students work primarily in one of three options:

Student coursework is tailored to reflect individual student’s interests, but all students gain strong training in educational methodologies, educational policy and theory. 

Depending on their research interests and career goals, students also benefit from interdisciplinary connections to other units across OSU and collaborations with faculty and students across other options in the Education PhD program.

During the admission process, a student is paired with a Major Professor, who has expertise in the student’s chosen option area, and who works with the student throughout their time at OSU. Successful applications to the Education PhD program demonstrate a strong connection with the research program of at least one faculty member. See information on the individual options and learn about faculty research interests.