Program Goal and Objectives

The general goal of the Doctor of Philosophy program in Education Studies at the University of New Brunswick is to assist individuals to study at an advanced level, to develop the competence and expertise needed to assume positions of educational leadership, to work collaboratively with colleagues in educational endeavours, and to continue their professional development.

The program provides learning opportunities in which the candidate, in supervisory and collegial relationships with one or more faculty members, will:

. develop a critical and comprehensive understanding of significant trends and major concerns in the field of education and will formulate and express, both orally and in writing, personal and professional positions in relation to how these trends and concerns are manifested in their area of interest;
. develop in depth knowledge and understanding of a specific area or several related areas within the field of education;
. develop an understanding of, and ability to use and evaluate. research methodologies which typify educational research;
. design and present a proposal for an approved research project of significance in the field of education;
. complete the proposed research under faculty supervision, then write and orally defend a dissertation; and participate in other activities designed to:

- develop competencies in disseminating knowledge to others,

- develop competencies in planning and conducting research and/or development activities, and

- develop competencies in leadership roles within formal and/or informal educational institutions, agencies or communities.

The candidate's program of studies will include activities designed to meet these objectives. All activities will be planned in collaboration with the candidate's supervisor and/or supervisory committee and will be reviewed by the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Education.

Early in their programme, each student, with the advice of his or her supervisor, will complete a PhD Program of Studies Planning Form. This plan is submitted to the Associate Dean's office in the first term of study.

Supervisory Committee

The Supervisory committee includes the student's supervisor(s), other members who can be from the GAU of the home Faculty, other UNB Faculty members and/or outside persons who are HRAs in the home Faculty.

The Supervisory committee advises the student on the proposal, recommends that the proposal be accepted by the GAU, carries on with supervision until time for the oral examination of the dissertation, and recommends to the GAU that the dissertation be forwarded to the SGS for examination.