Economic Education (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. in economic education is not accepting applications for admission.
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.
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.
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
Required Courses (45 credits)
Sample schedules by semester are provided below.
Sample Schedule for Students with no Course Waivers
Sample Schedule for Students with Maximum Course Waivers
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.
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