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College of Education


Advanced Instruction (M.Ed., Ed.D. and Ph.D.)

Teaching and Learning

The Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning curriculum is grounded in bodies of research that encompass the complex relationship between teaching and learning and the various disciplines at diverse grade levels. The degree consists of 81 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree.

Degree hours are distributed among six components: an area of specialization (pedagogical content knowledge, teaching and learning, or curriculum), research, an internship, a cognate, a dissertation and electives.

Application deadline

Applications to the teaching and learning Ph.D. program are considered on a rolling basis. That is, students' applications are reviewed when they are received, and students are notified soon after the Admissions Committee has made its decision.

Admission requirements for The Graduate School

  • a baccalaureate degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • standardized test scores (consult the program to which you are applying for particular test requirements)
  • official transcripts
  • two or more letters of recommendation
  • application
  • application fee
  • English proficiency requirement*
  • other supporting materials**

* An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam. For more information, please visit the International Applicants section on The Graduate School site.

** Many programs require personal statements, resumes, writing samples, audio files (recitals, auditions), art portfolios and/or licensure. Please consult your program for further requirements.

Program-specific admission requirements (in addition to above)

  • receipt of an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with an expected GPA of 3.00
  • two favorable letters of recommendation
  • complete transcripts of all undergraduate work and previous graduate work indicating degrees earned
  • evidence of a minimum of two years of pre-K through 12th grade teaching experience
  • acceptable scores on the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination
  • letter of intent outlining long-term professional goals, including area(s) of interest related to the degree in teaching and learning

Applicants who are assessed as meeting the above admission criteria are invited for a personal interview with a committee of program faculty members. Admission action will follow the interview. Applicants who successfully meet all requirements and are judged to have a successful interview will be recommended for admission to graduate study leading to the qualifying examination for the Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning.

For more information about program-specific requirements and course work, please visit the academic bulletin.