PhD in Educational Studies
Dean of EducationSal Badali, BA (York), BEd (Toronto), MEd (Western Ontario), PhD (UBC)
Mount Saint Vincent University Doctoral Program CoordinatorMary Jane Harkins, BA (St FX), BEd (Mount), MA (Kean), PhD (Dalhousie), Associate Professor
Mount Saint Vincent University Doctoral Faculty Representatives Robert Bérard, BEd (Dalhousie), MA (McMaster), PhD (McMaster), ProfessorGeneral Information
Frederick French, BA (Memorial), BEd (Memorial), MEd (Memorial), PhD (Alberta), Associate Professor
The website for the inter-university doctoral program is www.nsphdeducation.ca
The PhD in Educational Studies is offered in a collaborative partnership with Mount Saint Vincent University, Acadia University and St. Francis Xavier University. The research-oriented doctoral program is jointly administrated by the Inter-University Doctoral Administrative Committee (IDAC). Applicants are admitted to one university and graduate from that Home Institution of Record.
Educational studies assume that education is a complex process that transpires in multiple contexts, takes many institutional forms, and is best understood from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives (natural, social, and human sciences). Doctoral students conduct advanced educational research, enabling them to participate in and influence contemporary academic research and policy discourses. They intellectually engage with complex educational issues in preparation to assume leadership roles related to education in Nova Scotia, and elsewhere.
Doctoral students can focus their studies on one or more of six interrelated themes: curriculum studies, educational foundations and leadership, inclusive education, lifelong learning, literacies, and the psychological aspects of education. These themes reflect current faculty research strengths and ongoing educational studies issues. Doctoral students who are teachers may concurrently anchor their studies in their ‘teachable subjects’. Applicants are encouraged to review the research interests of education faculty members at all three participating universities, available at their respective websites, as well as the research interests of other faculty members.