PhD in Sustainability Education

Prescott College

Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Doctoral Degree
Completion: Four to Seven Years
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Full-Time


Prescott College offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. ) in Education with a concentration in Sustainability Education. Sustainability Education focuses on global citizenship and promotes environmental responsibility. This low-residency, four-year program combines expansive interdisciplinary inquiry with intense individual research and practice. The Prescott College PhD Program follows a cohort-based learning model with ongoing dialogue between students and faculty. Cohort symposia and colloquia provide opportunities for collaboration, interdisciplinary learning, presentation, research, and teaching about topics and issues related to the doctoral student's programs of study. This highly selective, innovative and forward-thinking program is primarily designed for adults with at least three years of relevant professional work experience. The program aims to foster an informed, involved citizenry with the necessary social and scientific literacy, commitment and creative problem-solving skills to engage in responsible, cooperative action towards a sustainable future. Prospective doctoral students should have significant experience in their proposed individual focus areas. This life and work experience may include educational administration, teaching, research, writing, consulting, business, communications, community development, advocacy, public relations, policy development and analysis, politics, or any number of other possibilities. The Prescott College PhD Program in Education views education broadly as social learning that occurs in settings that are both formal (educational institutions, for example) and no-formal (such as families, community events, media, and businesses). The term "education" is considered to mean both the act or practice of educating or being educated and the study of education as a process. Education for sustainability is the act or practice of learning how to achieve global and local sustainable communities. It is a life-long, individual, and social learning progression that challenges the dominant ecological, psychological, economic and social paradigms. The desired outcome is an informed, involved citizenry with the social and scientific literacy, commitment, and creative problem-solving skills to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions toward a sustainable society. Achieving sustainability in all dimensions of human existence depends on adopting an educational paradigm that manifest and supports change toward a sustainable, secure society. The PhD Program strives to contribute to synergistic learning and change in consciousness, education, culture, and ultimately, society.

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