Doctoral Programs in Education and Human Services

The College of Education and Human Services has three doctoral programs to meet the needs of education and human services professionals.  We encourage you to visit the online “home” for each of our programs to learn more, and consider completing your application for admission for Fall 2013.

EdD in Teacher Education and Teacher Development

The EdD in Teacher Education and Teacher Development is the first of its kind in the region--and one of only a few in the country--and is based on the most current research in teacher preparation and learning. It builds on Montclair State University's nationally recognized programs in teacher preparation, and provides a unique opportunity for those who wish to become future leaders in the preparation and development of teachers.

Program graduates will seek employment in colleges and universities, schools and school districts, state agencies, professional development organizations, and foundations as academic faculty members, researchers, school and district leaders and supervisors, staff developers, education policymakers, and consultants.

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PhD in Counselor Education

The PhD in Counselor Education program is the only doctoral program in counselor education and supervision in the greater New Jersey/New York area. It is built on the national accreditation standards for master’s-level counseling programs.

The primary objective of this program is to prepare outstanding scholars, academics, supervisors, and advanced practitioners to become leaders in maximizing the mental health and quality of life for individuals, families, communities, and educational organizations. Students are prepared to work in the field of counseling as professors, clinicians, supervisors, deans or high level student affairs professionals, directors of school counseling and agency programs, and consultants. 

Our intent is to train outstanding counseling professionals who demonstrate multicultural awareness, are sensitive to life development issues, can recognize and successfully address mental health needs, are effective advocates for helping people overcome barriers to mental health and well-being, and are competent to help people of all ages gain improved self-awareness and engage in effective decision making.

In addition to coursework, doctoral students have the opportunity to obtain a variety of other professional experiences through work with faculty on research, scholarly writings, conference presentations, and participation in professional associations. As well as encouraging students to collaborate on research being conducted by faculty members, the faculty members are committed to mentoring doctoral students in developing their own areas of research.

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PhD in Family Studies

Family Studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary field, drawing on a range of social science disciplines including sociology, social work, education, gerontology, and community and developmental psychology. The Ph.D. in Family Studies program considers family life within larger socio-cultural contexts and explores how issues of power, privilege, and social justice interact to differentially impact family configurations.

Students come from a variety of fields including family studies, human development, education, social work, human services, psychology, disability and rehabilitation services, gerontology, and sociology. Family Studies scholars focus on the strengths and challenges of family life, researching  a diverse range of issues, and seeking solutions to improve conditions for families worldwide . The multidisciplinary nature of Family Studies makes Ph.D. graduates very attractive to employers in higher education, government, and nonprofit and private sectors. Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue a wide range of professional opportunities as faculty members in colleges and universities, program administrators, researchers and evaluators, policymakers, and positions in organizations focusing on children, youth, adults, older adults, and families.

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