PhD in Education

Advising session with doctoral faculty and PhD student

The School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) administers a program leading to a doctoral degree (PhD) in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction. This degree is designed to prepare educators who wish to become:

  • curriculum specialists,
  • coordinators and supervisors in public or private school systems,
  • leaders in state departments of public instruction,
  • instructors at the college or university level in K-12 teacher or administrator preparation,
  • educational researchers serving in various contexts.

Delivered via two formats:

Logan-based Doctoral Program

Students attend in Logan where coursework is delivered primarily face-to-face in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate students' work schedules. Students proceed through the program flexibly. 

The deadline for application for the Logan program is February 1. (Program coursework begins the following fall semester.)

Distance Doctoral Program

A cohort program with courses during the fall and spring semesters taught via broadcast or hybrid options. Broadcast locations are arranged based on the needs of the students. Students are also required to come to Logan for face-to-face coursework for two consecutive summers. 

The deadline for application for the Distance Doctoral Cohort is February 1 every even-numbered year. (Program coursework begins the following fall semester.)
TEAL faculty are intentional about attracting a diverse population of outstanding graduate students. Students obtain focused and comprehensive knowledge in their respective fields through classroom instruction, collaborative research, and other innovative educational experiences. Our program is successful due in large part to our commitment to create a mentoring environment for students. Our faculty provide excellent professional development opportunities and individual attention to students in a variety of venues.

PhD in Education Concentration Areas

All PhD in Education students must complete the required Curriculum & Instruction Specialization Core and Research Core coursework. Additionally, the PhD in Education Program offers coursework across disciplinary areas to fulfill requirements for an area of concentration. Students may select any of the five concentrations:

Cultural Studies in Education

School Leadership

Literacy Education and Leadership

Mathematics Education and Leadership

Science Education

The School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) provides Course Planning Guides to help students plan which courses to take to complete their approved Programs of Study. These Planning Guides are available on the concentration webpages and in the TEAL Doctoral Student Handbook.

Graduate Program Contacts

Heather Ericson

Heather Ericson

Graduate Program Coordinator

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Phone: 435-797-1473
Office Location: EDUC 375
Ryan Knowles

Ryan Knowles

Associate Professor, Social Studies Education

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Phone: 573-514-5134
Office Location: EDUC 335
Nicole Pyle

Nicole Pyle

Associate Professor, Adolescent Literacy and Secondary Education

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Phone: 435-797-0392
Office Location: EDUC 392