Programme overview

The PhD in education programme deepens learners’ knowledge in education and superior critical thinking skills as it seeks to prepare them for a career as a university researcher, a teacher educator, or an education specialist in both governmental and nonprofit educational organizations. You will develop a deep understanding of a variety of theoretical perspectives, advance research methodology and application, Instructional design, assessments, and curricular approaches. The programme provides participants with competencies to work in schools and research projects locally, nationally, or internationally. It affords graduates the opportunity to join a vibrant community of faculty and students who are expanding the boundaries of theory and research in education.

As you enroll on the PhD programme, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. The curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time, when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD. Hence, throughout the program, you will build a professional portfolio that demonstrates your doctoral competencies to current and future employers.

Programme Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the programme, graduates should be able to

  1. Develop methodological, analytical and professional skills in  scholarly  research
  2. Acquire a wide scope of theoretical understanding of the topical areas in education to be researched
  3. Develop wider reasoning and analysis in their areas of specialization
  4. Conduct independent research without difficulty  
  5. Evaluate, Analyze and conduct relevant research in education.
  6. Demonstrate professional and ethical leadership



Course Code

Course Name

Total Credit



Developing Academic Writing Process




Research Methods- Qualitative Research




Research methods - Quantitative Research




PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1




PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2




PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3




Comprehensive Examination








Viva Defence




Total Credit




PhD Specialization Course

Course Code

Course Description


Total Credits


Advanced Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose.




Higher Education Administration



 Total credits



Course Description

Higher Education Administration will engage students to critically examine the theories, policies, and procedures involved in administering higher education institutions. Students will be exposed to the distinguish features between leadership and management and examine the knowledge and skills needed to address higher education administrative challenges.

This course will revolve around theory and practice as it relates to the development of higher education professionals. The course will trace higher education from its historical perspective through contemporary issues in organization, administration and governance. The design of the course will include lectures, discussions, presentations and interactive case narratives.

Topics include governance, accreditation, institutional research, finance, facilities, fundraising, human resources, student life, recruitment and retention, leadership, and future trends. Students are expected to leave the course with an understanding of the overarching issues facing the leadership and administration of colleges and universities in the global perspective.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this course, students are expected to

  • Trace the evolution of higher education system
  • Acquire theoretical knowledge as well as the working knowledge of higher education as a field of study or professional interest
  • Advance their knowledge on the role that faculty, administrators, students and external stakeholders play in higher education.
  • Acquaint themselves with the diversity of higher education institutions and the goals and intended outcomes of higher education.
  • Demonstrate a better understanding of the varying organizational cultures found within post-secondary institutions.

Course Description

This course introduces students to critical thinking and scholarly writing to develop their pre-requisite skills for graduate programmes and professional practice. It further provides opportunities for students to acquire and practice skills necessary to succeed in online learning. Consistent with the focus of Schools on the scholar-practitioner model, students will also critically examine and apply relevant educational theory to their practice. Finally, the course provides students with the ability to articulate and examine their professional purpose and how it aligns with their chosen degree program and professional career aspirations.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate emerging practices in relation to theories and concepts
  • Explore the elements of good teaching.
  • Expand their knowledge and understanding in the area of Teaching and Learning through learning, based on critical engagement with current Education theory, research, policy and practice.
  • Demonstrate appropriate levels of critical analysis, reflection and contextual awareness in relation to the field of teaching and learning in education
  • Develop critical educational practice through analysis of reflection on and engagement with this knowledge and understanding in their professional settings
  • Gain insight into the nature of learners and of the learning process for the design and implementation effective teaching strategies