Saint Louis University

Educational Foundations | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Graduate Program in the Department of Educational Foundations aims at engaging students within its five dimensions: Scholarship and Knowledge, Intellectual Inquiry and Communication, Community Building, Leadership and Service, and Spirituality and Values. In light of these dimensions, the faculty is dedicated to the preparation of reflective practitioners committed to excellence in service to others.

[NEW:] The Personal Potential Index (PPI) is optional to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: July 1 (International: May 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: Nov. 1 (International: Oct. 1)
Summer: April 1
Tel. No.: 314.977.4062
Interim Dean: Ann Rule, Ph.D.
Admission Coordinator: Yvonne Fisher

Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Educational Foundations Application Review Process

  • The program has a year-round, rolling application process that is reviewed by committee.

Applicant Criteria

  • A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
  • An above-average GPA
  • A review of GRE or MAT scores
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Admission Statistics

  • The program draws from a large pool of qualified applicants.
  • Currently there are 342 students.
  • Higher Education is the second-largest Graduate Education program (Educational Leadership is the largest Graduate Education program)

Rankings/Honors: All programs are nationally accredited.  | About us 

Credit Hours/Coursework: Students take a minimum of 42 hours beyond the master's degree, including 12 hours of dissertation research and three advanced research courses. Two successive semesters of Residency are arranged with the advisor on a contract basis to cover professional development. At the end of the course hours, students complete written and oral exams, then twelve hours of dissertation research. Oral defense of the dissertation proposal and the final dissertation is required.  | General Requirements

Program Description: The program emphasizes the tools of research and the interplay of theory and practice in education. Graduate students may choose an area of concentration in either Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Foundations.  | Educational Foundations Graduate Programs

Careers Possibilities: Adult Educator; Arts and Education Program Coordinator; Continuing Education Director; Day Care Specialist; Educational Outreach Coordinator; Nonprofit Specialist; Preschool Teacher; Private Tutor; K-12 Teacher; Special Educator | Career Services

Curriculum & Program Details: The applicant must have a master's degree in Education or a related field and at least one qualitative research course and one quantitative research course. An applicant may take one or both research courses at Saint Louis University to fulfill this prerequisite. Graduate work in the Department of Educational Foundations is designed for those interested in pursuing advanced degrees in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Foundations or Special Education. All programs must be planned with a graduate advisor, and, as in all advanced degree programs, the Graduate Education requirements must be met. | Educational Foundations Home 

About the Faculty: All faculty is engaged in current, active research in educational topics. | Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: For students who have completed one semester or more in the educational studies graduate program at Saint Louis University, there are some tuition awards available. Please check with the Director of the Educational Foundations Graduate Program by calling 314.977.4062 | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: Faculty members take a genuine interest in students, serve as strong role models of success and acquaint students with the challenges and joys of a profession in education. They seek an appropriate balance between theory and practice, action and reflection, intellect and affect and decisive conviction and open curiosity. The Teacher Education Programs are approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. | Educational Foundations Student Forms | Title II

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