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We Develop Leaders in Education.

The Benerd School of Education offers doctoral degree options geared to practitioners of education at universities, colleges, school districts, as well as government agencies and advocacy groups operating in the realm of education policy. Our program also prepares educators for teaching at the college or university level. Doctoral students can earn concentrations in one or more academic arenas including Educational Administration and Leadership; Higher Education Administration; Curriculum Studies; Teaching and Teacher Education; Language, Literacy, and Culture; and Special Education.

Faculty work with students to design programs that advance students' professional and scholarly goals. Your Research. Your Area of Interest. Your Degree.

The doctoral program emphasizes a combination of intensive academic exploration (typically in seminar form), research, scholarly enterprise and a defended dissertation. All of our candidates enjoy the opportunity to tailor a course of study to the areas of education that interest them most - it's a thoroughly challenging experience, guaranteed to advance your personal growth and your effectiveness as a leader in the world of education. As a researcher at University of the Pacific, you also benefit from your ability to draw on the extensive resources of one of America's top-ranked private universities.

Accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of School Psychologists.

  • Want to Know More?  For detailed information about our programs'prerequisites, courses and application process, call 209.946.2677