The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, which houses the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, ranks in the top 2% of all graduate colleges of education. The college was also ranked third in the nation in total research dollars received, according to "America's Best Graduate Schools" U.S. News & World Report.
The School of Teacher Education and Leadership administers an interdepartmental program leading to a doctoral degree in education with a required specialization in curriculum and instruction. These degrees are designed for educators who wish to prepare to become curriculum specialists, coordinators, or supervisors in public or private school systems or state departments of public instruction, and for those preparing to work as faculty members at the college or university level, generally in a teacher preparation area.
The PhD prepares candidates for academic careers in institutions that demand research expertise and an understanding of the theoretical foundations of a specific field. These degrees are also the only distance-delivered doctoral degrees in the state.
Students must choose an area in which to focus their research. These areas are:
- Instructional Leadership
- Mathematics Education and Leadership
- Literacy Education and Leadership
- Career and Technical Education
Applicants must have a master’s degree and two years of teaching experience. Generally, applicants have master’s degrees in education-related fields, but the department will accept those with degrees in other fields in certain circumstances if applicants have teaching experience.
- Complete the online application
- Pay the application fee
- Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE
- GPA of 3.0 or higher during most recent 60 semester hours
- Provide curriculum vita or resume
- Provide letter of intent
- Provide transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate credits
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
- International students have additional admissions requirements.
Graduate assistantships, both teaching and research, may be available for full-time graduate students. Qualifying students may receive doctoral and nonresident tuition awards, may be eligible for subsidized health insurance at only a small cost to the student, and receive a nationally competitive stipend.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.
Graduates with the PhD generally pursue careers in academia.
The following degrees are available on the USU Eastern Price and Blanding Campuses:
- Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, BS/BA
- Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, 2nd BS
- Elementary Education, BS/BA
- Special Education, BS/BA
- Elementary Education, MEd
- Instructional Leadership, MEd
- Instructional Technology, MEd
- Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, MS
- Physical and Sports Education, MEd
- Secondary Education, MEd
- Special Education, MS/MEd
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