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Sociology & Education
In the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis
Welcome to the Program in Sociology and Education
Sociology was the first social science discipline to develop a basic framework for the study of education, complementing long-established perspectives rooted in psychology and philosophy. Sociology is both solidly theoretical and highly relevant to policy and practice in education. The sociological study of education began at Teachers College in the first decade of the twentieth century. Since then, our Sociology and Education Program has educated aspiring researchers, policy makers, school leaders, and teachers to use sociological theories and research findings as they analyze educational problems and seek to have an impact in solving those problems.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
The coursework for the Ed.D., which totals a minimum of 90 points, has seven components: basic social research design and methods, advanced social research design and methods, social theory, core coursework in the sociology of education, seminars and colloquia, coursework in the social context of teaching and learning, and elective courses.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The coursework for the Ph.D., which totals a minimum of 75 points, has seven components: social theory, basic social research design and methods, advanced social research design and methods, foundational coursework in sociology, core coursework in the sociology of education, seminars and colloquia, and elective courses.
Connect With Sociology and Education
Program Director: Prof. Carolyn Riehl
Teachers College, Columbia University
212 Zankel Bldg, Suite B
Contact Person: Patricia Gabriel, Program ManagerPhone: (212) 678-3677 Fax: (212) 678-3589