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Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Workforce Development and Education

The PhD in Workforce Development and Education prepares you for leadership roles in a variety of organizations and institutions. You'll explore the theories, research and practices of educational administration and their relationships. You'll also get to work closely with faculty to advance research in an area of study that makes an impact on scholarship, policy and practice.


The PhD in Educational Studies specializing in Workforce Development and Education emphasizes the theory, research and practice of education and training for the workplace in a variety of settings, including K-16 education, private organizations, government agencies and non-profits.

Workforce Development and Education is a broad field that comprises a wide variety of disciplines and content areas, including adult education, career and technical education, human resource development and policy studies. Our students explore a variety of areas that connect to the education, training and development of a well-functioning workforce, and conduct research in these areas.

The faculty in Workforce Development and Education engage actively with students in their inquiry and are committed to having an impact on the scholarship, policy and practice related to students' studies and interests.

Research Opportunities in Workforce Development and Education

Some areas of research can potentially include:

  • Teacher education
  • Educational leadership
  • Adult learning
  • Workforce policy
  • Performance improvement
  • Organizational structure and learning
  • Instructional leadership


Career Paths

Our graduates have found career opportunities in a wide variety of organizations. Our graduates serve as university faculty, K-12 educational leaders, government policy scholars, institutional researchers, corporate educators/trainers and adult learning specialists. Our graduates hold positions of prominence in many different organizations in Ohio, across the United States and throughout the world.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Program Start: 
Autumn Semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Master's degree
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework: Workforce Education Policy, Theoretical and Scholarly Perspectives on Workforce Development and Education, Contemporary Research in Workforce Development and Education
Other requirements: Research apprenticeship, dissertation
Academic opportunities: Graduate associateships, scholarships, university fellowships

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Edward C. Fletcher, Jr., PhD, Distinguished Associate Professor
Jay Plasman, PhD, Assistant Professor
David Stein, PhD, Associate Professor
Chris Zirkle, PhD, Associate Professor


Chris Zirkle, PhD
Associate Professor