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Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning: A minimum of 60 hours beyond the Master's degree is required.

Program Overview

The doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Teacher Education prepares students to become scholars and practitioners in the field of teacher education. The Specialization engages students in course work, research, and professional experience in school and community settings. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the scholarships of teaching, service and research.

The Specialization features opportunities to: Participate in engaged scholarship through collaborative work focused on current educational problems with partner schools and community centers.

  • Develop integrated and interdisciplinary perspectives on teacher education practice with a commitment to diversity and exploring global perspectives.
  • Explore issues of equity both locally and globally.
  • Work both independently and in collaboration with faculty to pursue rigorous research agendas, publish in scholarly journals, and present widely at state, national and international conferences.
  • Engage in learning experiences that ensure the candidate possesses an innovative response to key issues in teacher education and their Area of Emphasis (e.g., subject area or level).
  • Participate in teacher education programs as teaching assistants.
  • Engage in scholarship of teaching and learning.

Admission Requirements

  • Earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions or an international equivalent.
  • Submit official GRE scores (300 combined score).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Interview (preferably in person or telephone/Internet).
  • Personal Statement of goals and philosophy related to teacher education.
  • Recommendations from Specialization Faculty.
  • 3.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale for all graduate work and 3.00 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate studies.
  • An undergraduate major in a field appropriate to the applicant’s expected Area of Emphasis from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A master’s degree in a field appropriate to the applicant’s expected Area of Emphasis from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Successful teaching experience in a formal or informal education P‐12 setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.

Total Program requirements with this specialization:

60 hours minimum

Core Requirement 3
EEX 7743 Philosophies of Inquiry 3

Research Methods and Tools
At least 4 additional 6000 or 7000 level courses selected in consultation with advisor.

Specialization Requirements 18 hours minimum
At least 4 additional 6000 or 7000 level courses selected in consultation with advisor.

EDE 7481 Teacher Education Seminar  (students will enroll at least three times)  
At least three other courses approved by the student’s program committee such as:  
EDG 7224 Critical Pedagogy in Teacher Education  
ESE 7220 Curriculum Frameworks for Teacher Preparation  
ESE 7346 Collegiate Teaching in Secondary Education  
EDF 7946 Supervised Experience in College Teaching  
EDG 7626 Supervised Teaching in Childhood Education & Literacy Studies I  
EDE 7327 Differentiated Supervision and Professional Development  
EDG 7035

Design and Evaluation of Teacher Education Programs or other courses approved by doctoral committee.


Teacher Education Area of Emphasis 9 hrs miminum
A minimum of three courses in teaching and learning in a subject area (e.g., English, Social Studies, Science, Math, Foreign Language); at a level (e.g., Early Childhood, Elementary Education, ESOL, Literacy, Middle School, High School, Physical Education); and/or in a specialized area (e.g., Special Education) approved by the student's program committee.

Research Practicum in the Area of Emphasis 6 hrs minimum
A minimum of 6 hours of research in the Area of Emphasis. Students will be expected to engage in research activities under the direction of a Area of Emphasis faculty member that will lead to the development of the students’ knowledge and skills needed to write literature reviews, and design and conduct research studies.

Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. (See current College of Education Graduate Handbook, and consult with doctoral program major advisor).

Dissertation 12 hrs minimum


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