PhD in Teaching and Learning

Our Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching and Learning produces research scholars who are well equipped for empirical and systematic examinations of educational theories, strategies, principles and practices related to the content and organization of teaching and learning. Students will become engaged in studies within broad historical, social, political, economic, linguistic and intellectual contexts in the United States and abroad.

Students who demonstrate ability, industry, and motivation may serve as apprentices to mentors who are established scholars in their fields of study. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, students engage in a period of extensive study and investigation that culminates in the demonstrations of expertise, creativity and originality by means of independent research.

Students may pursue a concentration in:

  • Curriculum, Cultural, and Social Studies
  • Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Language, Literacy, Literature, and Culture
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education 
  • Special Education


Project INCLUDE - the INclusive Consortium of Leaders in Urban Disabilities Education - is a federally funded program that will prepare special education leaders to improve education for culturally or linguistically diverse students with disabilities in urban schools. Participants receive five years of funding and agree to work in special education for 10 years after graduating.