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PhD in Education (Educational Sustainability)

PhD Cohort 2013
Our doctoral program combines two summer residencies with Fall/Winter online learning
First summer residency in 2012 at the Harris Learning Library
Conduct research, teach and learn across multiple disciplines, cultures and nationalities!
Students using new technology in the Harris Learning Library

Grounded in the context of a post-modern society, and recognizing the importance of multiple per​spectives, this Ph.D. program in Educational Sustainability will prepare students from a variety of fields, such as education, health, social work, social justice and administrative leadership, for sustainable educational practices in the 21st century.

​By sustainable prac​tice we mean conducting research, teaching, and learning across disciplines, cultures, and nationalities and embracing a global vision of education that develops self-knowledge and an understanding that the relationship of the self to people, to nature, and to the designed environment is fundamental in becoming an educated person. Educational Sustainability means that within the program students and faculty members will be asking questions that take into account the social context in which we live, and consider the ways in which the world is interrelated. The purpose is to build capacity to meet the needs of present and future academics and professionals working in various social science fields who will leave the program prepared to move beyond the status quo of 20th century standard practice to create real and virtual educational environments where active learning and multiple perspectives are the foundations of individual and institutional action. The degree is designed for educators within the school system, and within the professions more generally, who will become engaged citizens who can think critically and are prepared to accept individual responsibility for the well-being of society.

Graduate Learning Outcomes - MEd and PhD.pdfGraduate Learning Outcomes - MEd (page 1) and PhD (page 2).pdf 

(Please carefully review the document as the learning outcomes for each program are different)

Throu​gh a variety of courses, a comprehensive exam and a Dissertation (research Thesis), the Ph.D. program in Educational Sustainability has the following learning outcomes for students:

  • ​Draw on a wide variety of theoretical and practical literature to develop a broad understanding of the educational landscape through course readings and through individual research projects.
  • Conduct critical conversations about education in the student’s field during course seminars and within research presentations.
  • Assume an investigative stance in regard to teaching and learning in order that students can develop a scholarship of teaching and learning through opportunities to conduct seminars and engage in research related to instructional practices in multiple fields.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of research methodologies that display an appreciation of the complexity of knowledge and the potential contribution made by diverse interpretations methods and disciplines in both course work and through the development of an in depth research project.
  • Engage in original research that contributes to educational knowledge in the student’s field.
  • Develop qualities and transferrable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations in professional or equivalent environments.

​​​​Please use the links to the left to learn more about the Ph.D. in Education program at Nipissing University. You may also review the Ph.D. Handbook and click here for the Graduate Studies in Education (M.Ed. & Ph.D.) information session presentation.

For general inquiries regarding the Ph.D. in Education Program please contact us at

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Click here to download the PhD in Education brochure 

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Ph.D. Handbook
Review the requirements, policies and procedures of the Ph.D. program.

Proposed GSE course schedule

Confirmed GSE course schedule
the confirmed course schedule is posted here each term prior to course registration.

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Nipissing University Research Ethics Board (NUREB) and TCPS2 Online Tutorial
Find the most up-to-date policy on research ethics along with the appropriate research ethics forms. All graduate students who are planning to apply for NUREB approval for a Thesis, MRP or Dissertation research study, must complete the free, online TCPS 2 Tutorial before applying.


 APA Style Links


​The American Psychological Association (APA) website ​offers free tutorials, hints and an online course on the basics of APA style.

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Mendeley is a free reference manager that interfaces with Word allowing APA to be an easier process. (Tip: after reference list is printed, make sure titles/journals are properly title cased).

Research Texts & Misc Links​​

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