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PhD Concentration - Occupational and Technical Studies

The Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies (STEMPS) has a Ph.D. in Education, concentration in Occupational and Technical Studies (OTS), with emphases in Career and Technical Education, Human Resources - Training, and Technology Education. The program is available on the Norfolk Campus and through distance learning.

The curriculum associated with Old Dominion University's Ph.D. in Education, concentration in Occupational and Technical Studies, is intended to accomplish the following learning outcomes:

  • Every individual who completes this doctoral program, regardless of his/her concentration emphasis, will develop competencies for understanding and using qualitative and quantitative research methods and multivariate statistics to make data-based decisions.
  • Each concentration emphasis will offer courses that enable graduates to know and apply their knowledge in today's complex educational environments and emerge as leaders in their chosen careers.

Students in the Occupational and Technical Studies concentration complete core courses in research, the Occupational and Technical Studies concentration, electives, and an emphasis in either career and technical education, human resources training, or technology education.

Degree Prerequisite: A master's degree in an appropriate field related to this concentration is required for admission to the PhD in Education program. Prerequisite Coursework: Students who do not have equivalent coursework or appropriate educational experiences must complete the following prerequisite courses.

  • Applied Research in Education (FOUN 612),
  • Introduction to Applied Statistics and Data Analysis (FOUN 722)
  • Curriculum Development in Occupational Education and Training (SEPS 500)
  • Instructional Strategies and Innovations in Training and Occupational Education (SEPS 502)
  • Instructional Technology in Education and Training (SEPS 530)

Research Core (12 hours)

  • FOUN 812: Advanced Research Design and Analysis
  • FOUN 814: Qualitative Research
  • FOUN 822: Advanced Statistics: Applied Linear Analysis or FOUN 823: Advanced Statistics:  Analysis of Variance
  • SEPS 835: Research Design for Occupational and Technical Studies

PhD in Education, Occupational and Technical Studies Concentration (24-30 hours)

  • SEPS 860: Trends and Issues in Occupational Education
  • SEPS 862: Administration and Management of Education and Training Programs
  • SEPS 865: Trends and Issues in Economic and Workforce Development
  • SEPS 885: Curriculum Development in Occupational Education and Training
  • SEPS 888: Instructional Strategies and Innovations in Training and Occupational Education
  • SEPS 889: Instructional Technology in Education and Training

Technology Education Emphasis (12 hours)

  • STEM 830: Introduction to Technology
  • STEM 831: Technical Systems
  • STEM 832: Program Development for Technology Education
  • SEPS 840: Readings in Occupational and Technical Studies

Career and Technical Education Emphasis (12 hours)

  • SEPS 840: Readings in Occupational and Technical Studies
  • SEPS 877: Advanced Curriculum Design for Career and Technical Education
  • SEPS 868: Internship in Career and Technical Education Leadership
  • ELS 626: Instructional Supervision and Assessment

Human Resources - Training Emphasis (12 hours)

  • SEPS 840: Readings in Occupational and Technical Studies
  • SEPS 850: Trends and Issues in Training: Modeling and Simulation
  • SEPS 861: Foundations of Adult Education and Training
  • IDT 846: Foundations of Distance Learning

Electives (6 hour minimum)

Electives are selected in consultation with the advisor. They should be planned and included on your program sheet.

Capstone Courses (12-15 hours)

  • ELS 881: Dissertation Seminar (3 hours, only for students who have not previously identified their dissertation topic)
  • SEPS 899: Dissertation (12 hours)

The Ph.D. in Education is a minimum of 60 hours beyond the MS degree. Campus visits are suggested. For more information about this Ph.D. in Education, OTS concentration, contact the Occupational and Technical Studies (OTS) graduate program director:

Dr. John Ritz
OTS Graduate Program Director
Education Building 228
757-683-4305
jritz@odu.edu