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Ph.D. Programs with Flexibility, For When Life Happens

February 19, 2018

Mountain and blue sky in WInd River RangeWritten by: Dr. Karen Cloud (Ph.D. in Education with a Concentration in Science Education, 2017)

I came to the University of Wyoming College of Education for my Ph.D. because of its close proximity to my home, along with my interest in its American Indian Studies and Teachers of American Indian Children (TAIC) programs. What I found when I arrived at UW were caring and engaging faculty and staff who were delighted to mentor me as I worked through my program.

At one point it became necessary for me to return home and finish my coursework online, of which my advisor was very supportive. Together, we worked out a schedule of regular phone conferencing. My online courses were well-designed and made interesting by engaged well-prepared professors.

Through my doctoral program I was privileged to conduct research on the Wind River Indian Reservation. My research explored the culturally responsive teaching practices of teachers who had completed the TAIC program at UW.

The results of this research suggested that while general teaching practices changed, culturally responsive science instruction continued be lacking. This could be explained by the general nature of the TAIC courses, which did not include science specific content. My research revealed a need to add instruction about science specific culture strategies to programs such as the TAIC in order to better prepare teachers as they begin their careers.

As a result of my research and involvement with the community, I have built rich and long lasting relationships with individuals on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

If you are thinking about getting your PhD in education, consider Wyoming, online or in person. The experience will change your life.

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