The Ph.D. Program in the Department of Teaching and Learning prepares highly qualified individuals to serve as educational leaders, researchers, and teacher educators whose work will contribute to improving teaching and learning both in and out of schools. The program has a strong focus on diversity and equity and supports faculty and student research in areas such as early development, instructional interventions, multilingualism, teacher preparation, family engagement, disability, education policy, and science, technology and mathematics learning. Incoming students are assigned a Supervisory Committee to advise them in developing their Program of Study. With the approval of their Supervisory Committee, doctoral students may apply up to 30 credits from an earned Master’s degree towards the 60 required credits of coursework. Students must also enroll in 12 dissertation credits.

Curriculum Requirements

Educational Foundations9
Introduction to the Politics of Education, Teaching, and Learning
Education Reform, Policy, and the Social Organization of Schooling
The Social and Cultural Foundation of Education
Issues and Trends in Multicultural Education
Introduction to the Learning Sciences
Core Courses in the Area of Specialization 112
Applied Linguistics
Language Policy and Planning (K-12)
Theory and Research in Reading
Theory and Research in Writing
Seminar in Reading/Learning Disabilities
Cognitive Psychology in Special Education
Disability and Diversity: Critical Views
Current Issues in Special Education
Research in Special Education
Instructional Design and Technology in STEM Education
STEM Teaching and Teacher Education
STEM Learning
STEM Curriculum and Policy
Assessment in STEM Education
STEM-Education Research Practicum
Diversity and Equity in STEM Education
Research Methods15
Introduction to Research 2
Select 12 additional credit hours of coursework in research methods. 3
Diversity6
Select 6 credit hours of coursework focusing on dimensions of diversity. 3
Electives15
These credits may be taken within or outside the Department of Teaching and Learning. 3
Professional Seminar3
Professional Seminar
Dissertation12
Pre-Candidacy Dissertation Research.
Post-Candidacy Dissertation Research.
Total Credit Hours72