Ph.D. Education Sciences
The programme involves two concentrations (the doctorate student chooses the concentration from the very beginning): that of English language teaching and that of education dministration. The taught courses involve 60 credits (44 credits – compulsory courses and 16 credits – concentration). The research component comprises 120 credits. From these the taught component (44 credits) and research component (120 credits) are compulsory for both concentrations. One course (professor’s assistance – 5 credits) is elective for both concentrations, in fact, to choose it is necessary for those who do not have minimum experience in higher education teaching of one year. Those who have this experience on the education administration concentration choose Education Philosophy and those at English Language teaching concentration choose English for Specific Purposes. The 16 credits for concentrations (taught component) are compulsory.
According to Georgian legislation, the candidate for studying at this program should have a Master’s degree or a degree equaled to it. The requirement of the program is to have either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Education / Psychology / English Philology (For ELT concentration) field, or a one-year 60 credit teacher-training certificate. The candidates to the program should also submit a published article (including conference proceedings) in the area of the studies. According to University regulations, the candidate should have the C1 level in English, which is certified by an international certificate of the corresponding level or education at an English-language Master’s program. The candidate may also take a corresponding exam at IBSU. Also according to University regulations, the candidate to the program has to submit a dissertation proposal, the correspondence of which to the program requirements is assessed by a Dissertation Field Board commission consisting of minimum three people, then an interview based on the proposal is held .
The maximum number of yearly admission is 12 people.
The purpose of the program is to train education personnel and researchers with a high level of qualification, who will be aware of education concepts / terminology, theory and practice, will be able to apply the studied theories in practice, to analyze them critically, and to solve problems based on them, to discuss educational issues with colleagues and society at large, to maintain the professional self-development, to supervize other’s research, to teach and assess students‘ knowledge by applying contemporary methods. It is essential that the graduates from the program follow the ideas of student-centered and humanistic pedagogy and psychology. The graduates should be able to work as teachers, lecturers, educational administrators, carry out the scientifically-approved novelties and spread the knowledge concerning them among the educationalists and the society at large.