This program is not currently enrolling new students.

This degree is part of the Elementary Education Program housed in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.

Goals of the PhD Program

This program prepares you to:

  • Understand the fields of literacy, mathematics education, social studies education and science education in terms of research, curriculum, policy, teacher development and student learning.
  • Develop, carry out and report independent research in some area of elementary education.
  • Become outstanding teachers/advisors of college students.
  • Understand the role of service in the university setting.

These goals are achieved through a combination of course-work, internships, authentic experiences with research, development and teacher education. The majority of PhD students in elementary education move on to take positions at universities or colleges.

This degree is only offered on campus and does not lead to certification.

Degree Requirements

To receive a PhD degree in elementary education, you must complete a minimum of 72 hours of coursework beyond a bachelor’s degree. Courses in the doctoral program emphasize research and lead to a dissertation completed under the supervision of a faculty member.


Admission Requirements

You must meet two sets of minimum qualifications in order to be considered for admission:

A committee of faculty members reviews your application’s credentials. You are not guaranteed admission even if you meet the minimum qualifications.

How to Apply

In addition to completing the Graduate Studies application, you must submit the following materials to the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Personal Data Sheet
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)