GSE Offers New Ph.D. Cohort for Area Teachers

Posted: September 6, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

This fall, 13 teachers from the Alexandria, Fairfax, and Washington, D.C., public school systems will begin work toward their doctorates with a specialty in education leadership as part of the Graduate School of Education’s first Ph.D. cohort program.

Gerry Wallace and Linda Seligman, co-directors of the Ph.D. in Education Program, initially developed the program to meet the demand of teachers in the Alexandria City schools for a school division-sponsored Ph.D. program. The cohort has now been broadened to include other interested students. One difference between the cohort and the regular Ph.D. program is the potential for outreach and off-campus course offerings, says David Brazer, assistant professor in GSE and head of the cohort program.

“Because these students are part of a cohort, they will have strong peer support and will be closer geographically to their fellow students than they would be in a traditional program,” says Brazer. “They will be starting their degrees at the same time and they will take all their concentration courses together.” Brazer sees his role within the cohort as strongly advisory. “These students are persisting toward their degrees while working full-time in the schools,” he says. “I want to do everything I can to help them succeed.”

The Ph.D. in Education Program has more than 200 students in addition to the cohort students, and offers doctoral programs in a wide variety of fields, including special education, education leadership, counseling, curriculum and instruction, and literacy. For more information, contact the program office at x32011.

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