Doctor of Philosophy - Teacher Education


The Ph.D. in Teacher Education in the Department of Teaching & Learning is projected for professional educators who have an interest in becoming practitioner-oriented scholars in teacher education and who are interested in teacher education as a content area for research. Completing this degree will enable individuals to answer the national call for teacher educators and researchers in this field. The program is one of only a few in the nation devoted to teacher education.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate college-level teaching experience.
  • Connect theory and research related to teaching and learning to the practice of teaching in schools and to the practice of teaching university courses.
  • Design and conduct research using quantitative and qualitative methodologies with particular emphasis on applied research in the context of diverse schools.

Career Possibilities

  • University or college professor
  • Curriculum leader
  • Educational consultant
  • Researcher at private and public institutions
  • District administrators
  • Director/administrator of state and national departments of education


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Doctor of Philosophy - Teacher Education


Graduate Coordinator

Kenneth J. Varner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

CEB - 338

Department of Teaching and Learning

The Department of Teaching & Learning holds as its central mission educational research and the preparation of educators at all levels. The department ensures that its professional education programs are based on essential knowledge, established and current research findings, and sound professional practice.


College of Education

The College of Education creates an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service.

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