Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
The PhD is an academic, research degree designed especially for Christian educational administrators, teacher educators, and faculty members serving at the tertiary level. It is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) and by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) at Level III.
The program emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed by educational leaders. It incorporates a research orientation and is intended to prepare students for effective decision-making, enabling them to become positive change agents in their institutions. A solid foundation in Adventist educational philosophy prepares students for leadership positions through which they can exert an influence on the future of Christian educational systems.
The PhD program is offered with specialization in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration. The available cognates for the PhD degree are Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, and TESOL. A customized cognate is also available for those who have a particular area of interest. See more about customized cognate in the PhD curriculum section.
Estimated completion time for the PhD program is approximately 39 months (approximately 24 months for coursework beyond the MA in Education, 3 months to prepare for the comprehensive examination, and approximately 12 months for the PhD dissertation). Prerequisites will increase this estimate.
|PhD in Education Essential Learning Points||PhD in Education Curriculum and Instruction Competencies||PhD in Education Educational Administration Competencies|
When to Begin
The best time to start their program is at the beginning of the first semester (August) or at the beginning of the second semester (January) in order to avoid scheduling problems and a delay in the completion of the program.
- An MA in Education degree or its equivalent (a minimum of 36 semester hours required), with a minimum GPA of 3.50 (on a four-point scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted on scholastic probation and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.50 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours. Alternatively, an applicant with a master’s degree in another discipline can meet entry requirements through an EdS program at AIIAS, with a GPA greater than 3.50. Credit transfer from an AIIAS EdS to an AIIAS PhD does not have the normal limitations, regardless of whether the EdS was completed or abandoned. For an AIIAS PhD, an EdS from outside AIIAS would be subject to the 25% transfer rule, just as for any other program.
- Demonstrated English proficiency (see p. 22).
- Provide a statement (500-750 words), (a) describing why the applicant desires to pursue a PhD in Education at AIIAS, and (b) the topic or topics they would like to pursue for their dissertation research.
- Complete a proctored writing sample to be used as pre-entry assessment.
- Participate in an interview, which is a pre-entry assessment.
- Graduate Education courses (minimum grade of B), to include the following courses, regardless of the area of emphasis:
Faith and Learning in Christian Education
(Note: Those who earned their bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an AAA-accredited Adventist higher educational institution may not need to take this course.)
Research Methods, Statistics, Academic Writing
(Note: May need to audit these courses or take a proficiency exam if taken 5 or more years ago).
Additional graduate courses required for the specialization in Curriculum and Instruction:
Process of Curriculum
Additional graduate courses required for the specialization in Educational Administration:
School Organization and Law
Principalship and School Improvement
Instructional Media (if cognate is C&I)
Instructional Models (for those from a non-education background, i.e., without an education degree at either the bachelor’s or master’s level)
- A master’s thesis or a report of other significant research. In the absence of such prior research, the student is required to complete RESM 685 Research Experience (3 semester hours) to meet this research prerequisite.
- Teaching experience, normally a minimum of 3 A letter of verification is required.
- At least one religion course (undergraduate or graduate), with a minimum grade of C, from each of the following areas:
Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy
The following courses are offered as graduate level self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:
CHIS 501 Spirit of Prophecy (2)
NTST 502 Life and Teaching of Jesus (2)
THST 501 Adventist Doctrines (2)
Other Seminary courses may also apply (ask your academic advisor).
- For those taking a cognate in TESOL. A pass in one of the standard English proficiency tests prescribed by AIIAS. The required passing score for the test is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
To be awarded the PhD degree, a candidate must satisfactorily fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 46 semester hours of coursework beyond the MA in Education (600-level or above) with a minimum GPA of 3.50.
- Complete a minimum of 3 semester hours of fieldwork.
- Pass the written comprehensive examination.
- Complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of dissertation credit.
- Pass an oral defense of his/her dissertation before the Dissertation Defense Committee.
- Publish at least one article in an internationally/nationally indexed journal.
- Complete the Service Learning requirement (see p. 64).
- Develop an e-portfolio to showcase his/her work in meeting the professional competencies.
A total of 58 semester hours is required for the PhD degree, distributed in the following manner:
|CHPH 872 Philosophy: An Adventist Perspective||3|
|GSEM 731 Seminar in Worldview and Worldview Change||1|
Field of Specialization
The PhD student selects one of the following areas of specialization:
|Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction||Credits|
|EDCI 720 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education||3|
|EDCI 730 Advanced Curriculum Theory and Practice||3|
|EDCI 765 Advanced Instructional Processes||3|
|EDCI 785 E-Learning||3|
|EDCI 792 Advanced Fieldwork in Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|RESM 770 Institutional Evaluation||3|
|EDCI 895 Directed Research in _____||3|
|Specialization in Educational Administration||Credits|
|EDAD 730 Financial Management for Educational Institutions||3|
|EDAD 786 Administration in Higher Education||3|
|EDAD 792 Advanced Fieldwork in Educational Administration||3|
|MGMT 725 Change and Crisis Management||3|
|EDAD 785 E-Learning||3|
|RESM 770 Institutional Evaluation||3|
|EDAD 895 Directed Research in _____||3|
The PhD in Education student selects at least one of the following cognate areas, distinct from the area of specialization:
|Cognate in Curriculum and Instruction1||Credit|
|EDCI 615 Instructional Models||3|
|EDCI 632 Inclusive Instruction||3|
|EDCI 640 Process of Curriculum||3|
|Cognate in Educational Administration*||Credit|
|EDAD 640 Administrative Finance||3|
|EDAD 674 School Organization and Law||3|
|One of the two courses:||3|
|EDAD 651 Principalship and School Improvement|
|EDAD 786 Administration in Higher Education|
|Cognate in TESOL||Credit|
|EDTE 620 Second Language Acquisition||3|
|EDTE 622 TESOL Methods for Content-Area Reading and Writing||3|
|EDTE 628 TESOL Methods in Speaking and Listening||3|
Those students who have a particular area of interest, may design a cognate in consultation with their academic advisor and upon approval of the Education Department. This cognate may include courses from other departments at AIIAS, transfer credits, online courses, or independent research. To fulfill the customized cognate requirement, students must take three courses from the master’s level or two courses from the master’s level and one course from the doctoral level for a total of 9 credits in the chosen cognate area.
|RESM 715 Advanced Statistics||3|
|RESM 740 Qualitative Research||3|
|RESM 780 Disciplinary Research in _______||3|
Note: Students must have obtained approval for their topic concept and Dissertation Committee from the department before enrolling in Disciplinary Research. This course must be offered before Applied Qualitative Research or Applied Quantitative Research.
|RESM 752 Applied Quantitative Research or RESM 751 Applied Qualitative Research||3|
|EDAD/EDCI 898 PhD Dissertation||12|
|Total Semester Hours||58|