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A Dual-Focus Program for Leaders in Economic Education

The doctorate in economic education is designed to train the next generation of leaders in this fast-growing field. It is a joint program of Lerner’s economics department and the College of Education and Human Development.

The field of economic education focuses on developing and evaluating economic and financial literacy programs and curricula in the K-12 school system, universities and a wide variety of outreach programs.

Traditionally, professionals and scholars in this field have been trained in either economics or education, with little or no formal training in the other area. This is no longer adequate. The increasing complexity and importance of economics in today’s world requires scholars and leaders who have a deeper understanding of both disciplines.

The program draws on the strengths of the University of Delaware’s economics and education graduate programs and on UD’s nationally-recognized Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The curriculum is evenly balanced between coursework in economics and education. The elective options allow you to specialize in one area or the other, depending on your interests and strengths.

The program can be completed in four years following a B.A., although the typical student takes five years to complete the degree. Students with substantial prior graduate training in economics or education can complete the program in three years.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Graduate students are required to be registered for courses every semester, including the semester in which their degree is conferred, unless they are on an approved Leave of Absence.

The program requires a minimum of 45 graduate-level credits.

Economic Theory & Statistical Methods Competency Courses

All students must demonstrate graduate-level competence in economic theory and in statistical methods by completing the following UD courses or by seeking waivers for previously completed coursework. The Department of Economics has sole authority to award waivers for economics courses and the School of Education has sole authority to award waivers for education courses.

ECON 801 – Microeconomics
ECON 802 – Macroeconomics
ECON 803 – Applied Econometrics I
ECON 804 – Applied Econometrics II
EDUC 856 – Introduction to Statistical Inference

Required Courses (45 credits)

As indicated above, some students will also take additional courses in economic theory and in statistical methods.

EDUC 805 – Proseminar in Education I
EDUC 806 – Proseminar in Education II
EDUC 850 – Qualitative Research in Educational Settings
EDUC 812, 826, 865, 873 or 874
EDUC 840 – Research Colloquium in Education
2 EDUC electives
ECON 820 – Economics of Education Policy
ECON 829 – Economic Education Curricula
2 ECON electives
Free elective
ECON/EDUC 964 and 969, dissertation (9 credits)

Sample Schedules

Sample schedules by semester are provided below.

Sample Schedule for Students with no Course Waivers

1st Semester
ECON 801 – Microeconomics
EDUC 805 – Proseminar in Education I
EDUC 850 – Qualitative Research in Educational Settings
EDUC 840 – Research Colloquium in Education

2nd Semester
EDUC 806 – Proseminar in Education II
EDUC 856 – Quantitative Research
EDUC or ECON Elective
EDUC 840 – Research Colloquium in Education

3rd Semester
ECON 802 – Macroeconomics
ECON 803 – Applied Econometrics I
EDUC Methodology (EDUC 812, 826, 865, 873 or 874)
EDUC 840 – Research Colloquium in Education

4th Semester
ECON 804 – Applied Econometrics II
ECON 820 or 829
EDUC or ECON Elective

5th Semester
ECON 820 or 829
ECON Elective
ECON or EDUC Elective

6th Semester
Free Elective
EDUC/ECON 964 – Pre-Candidacy Study

7th Semester
Dissertation Research

8th Semester
ECON/EDUC 969 – Doctoral Dissertation

Sample Schedule for Students with Maximum Course Waivers

1st Semester
EDUC 805 – Proseminar in Education I
EDUC 850 – Qualitative Research in Educational Settings
EDUC 840 – Research Colloquium in Education
ECON Elective

2nd Semester
EDUC 806 – Proseminar in Education II
ECON 820 or 829
EDUC or ECON elective
EDUC 840 – Research Colloquium in Education

3rd Semester
EDUC Methodology (EDUC 812, 826, 865, 873 or 874)
EDUC or ECON elective
ECON 820 or 829
EDUC 840 – Research Colloquium in Education

4th Semester
EDUC or ECON Elective
Free Elective
EDUC/ECON 964 – Pre-Candidacy Study

5th Semester
Dissertation Research

6th Semester
ECON/EDUC 969 – Doctoral Dissertation

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of our program, you will have a wide range of professional and academic employment opportunities, including:

  • University departments of economics and education
  • Councils and centers for economic education (approximately 200 nationally, most affiliated with universities)
  • Education units within regional Federal Reserve banks and other private sector businesses and foundations with an interest in economic and financial education
  • School districts and state departments of education
  • Education consulting and evaluation firms

Where Our Graduates Work

The doctorate in economic education is a relatively new program at the University of Delaware. Our first graduate completed her doctorate in 2013. She is currently employed as an economic education specialist with the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Our second graduate completed her degree in 2016 and is on the faculty of the Department of Economics at Michigan State University.


Learn More

Contact Professor Carlos J. Asarta
asarta@udel.edu


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