Program Requirements

Fellows must be accepted to a PhD program in one of the following participating departments or professional schools:

A Certificate of Education Sciences will be awarded to IES Fellows upon completion of the following requirements.

Core Courses

Each Fellow must take a sequence of courses in statistical methods and at least two of the following electives on human development and schooling:

  • Issues for Research and Policy
  • Learning, Cognition and Classroom: the State of Science and Mathematics Instruction
  • Race/ Ethnicity, Human Development, and Schooling
  • Seminar on Environmental Effects on Cognitive Growth
  • Seminar on Mathematical Development
  • Urban Adolescents in Their Families, Communities, and Schools

Fellows must also take one or both of the following courses on educational policy:

  • Education Policy and Reform
  • Urban School Reform

Research Portfolio

Fellows must prepare a portfolio of completed research including conference and workshop presentations, submitted articles and chapters, published articles and chapters, technical reports, and research briefs designed for practitioners or policy makers. The Faculty Program Committee will review each student’s research productivity prior to awarding the Certificate of Education Sciences.

Apprenticeship Program

Fellows must participate in a two-year practical apprenticeship that will engage them with research problems arising from policy and practice, enable them to discuss research findings and their practical implications with other researchers and practitioners, and present research findings in seminars attended by researchers and practitioners. The apprenticeship will be formally supported during the second and third year of their Program residence. In the first year, the apprenticeship will focus on collaborative research in which Fellows will typically be part of a research team but not typically leaders of the team. By the end of the second year of the apprenticeship, Fellows will begin to define and carry out an independent and original program of research leading ultimately to a dissertation. Every Fellow will participate in an apprenticeship that a) generates frequent contact with practitioners and/or policy makers; b) gives Fellows experience analyzing data collected in school settings; and c) brings Fellows from the varied disciplines together with applied research analysts in a series of two-day workshops focused on practical tools for design and analysis of data on schooling.

Chicago Education Workshop

Attendance at the Chicago Education Workshop, which meets weekly throughout the academic year, is required during each and every year of the program. All Fellows are required to present at the Workshop at least twice during their residence. The workshop brings Fellows together with University faculty, faculty from other universities, and practitioners. It exposes Fellows to cutting edge research that is related to the conceptual focus of the Program and enables scholars and students from a range of disciplines to scrutinize the empirical claims made by presenters.

Successful Pathways from School to Work

Fellows are expected to actively engage in the seminars and other activities connected to the University’s new research initiative Successful Pathways from School to Work.  These activities bring together practitioners, policy makers and funded researchers who will report on findings, interpret results, and set the agenda for future studies.