Doctorate

Our Program Is Renowned for Excellence

The Doctorate in Philosophy in Education (PhD) is the highest level of academic degree conferred by the university.

The process of acquiring your doctorate is one of the most valuable training in creativity, critical inquiry, negotiation skills and professionalism. By earning your PhD degree, you gain transferrable skills in any career path you choose and employers will want to benefit from your research competencies.

Our professors are involved in many research projects and our Program Directors are active participants in the community

Career Paths

Some of our doctorate graduates continue to become professors in universities, while others pursue their career in industries or in a government setting, based on research and innovation. Other employment opportunities are:

  • Researcher in national and international institutions
  • Educational policy developer
  • Program or Curriculum developer

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Concentrations

Counselling Psychology

The concentration in Counselling Psychology will expand your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in both personal counselling and career development.The programs also include a clinical training component.

This concentration is offered at the master's level: Master of Education (MEd) and Master of Arts in Education (MA).

Admission to the PhD program is suspended until future notice.


How to become a member of a professional association?

Students who meet specific requirements and hold an MEd or a MA in Counselling Psychology may be eligible to join the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario or the Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation du Québec.

You are responsible for ensuring that your curriculum in Counselling Psychology, namely all the courses and clinical rotations you take, corresponds exactly with the specific requirements of these professional associations and colleges. We cannot guarantee that students who hold an MEd or MA degree in Counselling Psychology will be eligible for membership in a professional association or college.

We recommend that you contact the accreditation authorities in these associations and colleges, for further information.


Course and Research Themes

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Bullying and victimization
  • Conscience
  • Counselling and psychotherapy
  • Counsellor education and supervision
  • Mental health
  • Mindfulness
  • Social neuroscience
  • Spirituality and positive psychology

Career Opportunities

Our graduates work in educational institutions or in private practice, as career counselors in the government, or under employee assistance programs. Others practise in not-for-profit organizations like addiction treatment centres and youth centres. Some are also employed in mental health clinics or hospitals, while others choose to open their own practice.

Examples of job titles are:

  • Psychotherapist;
  • Mental Health Counselor;
  • School Guidance Counselor (BEd required);
  • Private practice in guidance counselling or psychotherapy.

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Health Professions Education

Are you passionate about health sciences and the medical field? Are you looking to give new life to your career or to take on new challenges? Would you like others to benefit from your knowledge and experience? Then why not consider our Health Professions Education concentration to confirm your expertise as a health sector practitioner or educator.

This concentration is jointly offered by the faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences, and provides the tools you need to truly become an education leader in the health professions

This program allows you to collaborate with health professionals to improve their teaching and assessment strategies, evaluate their educational programs, develop programs and conduct educational research in a wide range of health settings. Most of our students are trained health professionals (ex.: physician, nurse, occupational therapist) who wish to develop their teaching skills while encouraging health education researchers to develop innovative teaching programs in the field of health.

This concentration is offered within the Graduate Diploma, the Master of Education (MEd), the Master of Arts in Education (MA) and the Doctorate of Philosophy in Education (PhD).


Course and Research Themes

  • Cultural and individual differences in teaching and learning
  • Curriculum design and product development
  • Health professions teaching strategies
  • Interprofessional education
  • Learning assessment
  • Principles of adult education
  • Program evaluation
  • Technology and education

Objectives

  • Support health professionals as they develop their educational expertise (e.g. pedagogy, evaluation of competencies).
  • Deepen health professionals’ understanding of teaching, learning and related issues.
  • Nurture the next generation of educational leaders in health care settings.
  • Contribute to research in health professions education.

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical Educator
  • Health Educator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Prenatal Educator
  • Health Programs Development Trainer

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Leadership, Evaluation, Curriculum and Policy Studies

This concentration offers a unique opportunity to further your scholarly and professional development as an administrator, educational leader, educator and researcher, with attention given to the importance of social and linguistic context.

This concentration is offered within the Master of Education (MEd), the Master of Arts in Education (MA) and the Doctorate of Philosophy in Education (PhD).


Course and Research Themes

  • Leadership in educational institutions and in other organizational, professional and community settings where enhancing learning for the social, cultural, digital and economic needs of the 21st century is at the core of your mission.
  • Evaluation, including program evaluation (e.g. performance appraisals, participatory evaluation, evaluation capacity building), measurement (e.g. psychometrics, test theory), testing (e.g. standardized testing, licensing) and assessment (e.g. classroom assessment, large-scale assessment).
  • Curriculum and policy studies, including analysis of the theories and educational movements that inform our understanding of curriculum and policy in education and in relation to your role as administrator, educator, and researcher in public, private and non-governmental organizations.

Career Opportunities

  • School principal (BEd required)
  • Academic administrator
  • Superintendent position with a school board (BEd required)
  • Management/administrator position in the public or private sector

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Societies, Cultures and Languages

Societies, cultures and languages all shape education and are shaped by education. In this concentration, you engage with the social, historical, cultural and linguistic dimensions of education. You consider issues of power, diversity, gender and marginalization in education.

Your studies may be based on sociological, historical or linguistic foundations; they may draw on a variety of contemporary perspectives, including comparative and international education, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, critical theory and post-colonial theory.

This concentration is offered within the Master of Education (MEd), the Master of Arts in Education (MA) and the Doctorate of Philosophy in Education (PhD).


Course and Research Themes

  • Cultures and literacies
  • Education and minorities
  • Education and society
  • Historical studies of education
  • International development and global education
  • Second language education (Look at the descriptive One Pager for Second language education.)
  • Sociology of education

Career Opportunities

  • Professional education in middle and plural linguistic minority
  • Lead elementary or high school teacher (BEd required)

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Studies in Teaching and Learning

How do people learn? How do people teach? How are teaching and learning related? This concentration offers you the opportunity to explore these questions by engaging with current research and scholarship as it applies to teaching and learning processes from early childhood to adulthood.

You can study learning and teaching processes across the curriculum in a range of contexts, such as classrooms, informal settings, professional organizations and the workplace.

This concentration is offered within the Master of Education (MEd), the Master of Education (MEd online), the Master of Arts in Education (MA) and the Doctorate of Philosophy in Education (PhD).


Course and Research Themes

  • Adult education
  • Educational technologies
  • Inclusive education
  • Learning and teaching in specific curriculum subjects (e.g. mathematics, science, social studies, arts, health and physical education)
  • Professional learning and professional development
  • Theories of learning and teaching

Career Opportunities

  • School counsellor
  • School principal (BEd required)
  • Academic administrator
  • College or university teacher (undergraduate)

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Canadian Studies

Because of the University of Ottawa's strength in relevant areas, bilingual character and location in the nation's capital, it is uniquely positioned to offer a program leading to a Doctorate in Philosophy in Education (PhD). The program is especially designed for doctoral students in selected programs in the humanities and the social sciences who wish to enrich their education in a particular discipline by including an interdisciplinary component.


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