Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, PhD

The Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education prepare graduates to serve as researchers and teacher educators in universities and colleges, curriculum developers and evaluators in educational agencies, curriculum specialists in school districts and state departments of education, and instructional leaders and classroom teachers in K-12 schools.

Coursework and research experiences address a range of practice-based and theoretical problems in schools and community settings from sociopolitical, cultural, philosophical, psychological, and historical perspectives. Taking an interdisciplinary stance, faculty and students explore issues of equity, social justice and educational change in a range of formal and informal educational settings. Through their programs of study, students select focal areas such as teaching and learning, research and practice in teacher education, mathematics or science education, and the study of urban education and urban contexts. Applicants interested in the focal area of literacy are encouraged to consider the doctoral program in Reading/Writing/Literacy.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

The total course units for graduation is 10 beyond the master's degree.

Conceptualization/Content Strand
Required Courses
EDUC 726Doctoral Foundations of Teaching and Learning1
EDUC 727Education, Culture and Society1
One course in Teacher Learning or Teacher Education chosen in consultation with an advisor, such as:
EDUC 719Research on Teacher Education and Learning to Teach1
Select a minimum of three course units (Electives can be taken outside of GSE with advisor approval)3
Investigation/Inquiry Strand
Required Courses
EDUC 667Introductory Statistics for Educational Research1
EDUC 682Qualitative Modes of Inquiry1
Select one Advanced Research Methods course, such as:1
Advanced Qualitative and Case Study Research
Ethnographic Research Methods
Regression and Analysis of Variance
Professional Experiences
Required Course
EDUC 621Proseminar in Professional Education1
Total Course Units10

Other Experiences

Complete seminars, research projects, and similar conceptualization/content work in the Conceptualization/Content Strand.

Complete work in the Investigation/Inquiry Strand that is divided into Research Apprenticeship and Practicum work, and Dissertation Work. These Experiences can induce seminars, research projects and similar 1/1 work.

A Research Apprenticeship Course is required from second semester of first year forward.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.