Doctor of Philosophy

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with a PhD in Elementary Education?

The doctoral program in Elementary Education at USF prepares individuals who aspire to become university professors at the college level, within school districts, local, state, national , or international agencies. , Graduates of our program acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to assume roles as leaders, advocates, and scholars in the development and implementation of high quality and innovative elementary education practices.

How long will the PhD program take?

Course work must be completed within four years of admission into the program. The dissertation must be completed within four years after admission to candidacy. Doctoral degrees must be completed within seven (7) years from the student's original date of admission for doctoral study.

Are any of the courses online or taught on regional campuses?

The doctoral program is taught on the Tampa campus only. There is the possibility of taking a few foundations courses online.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition rates are constantly changing. To determine current fees and tuition, visit the University Controller’s Office.

Are there scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. The University of South Florida and the College of Education, as well as many independent organizations offer scholarships and fellowships. Within the Elementary Education Program, we offer doctoral student assistantships. Graduate assistants teach courses and supervise preservice teachers within the elementary education programs. Students receive tuition waivers and a yearly stipend. See the Financial Assistance page for more information.

What qualifications are required to enter the PhD program in Elementary Education?

Doctoral students must possess a strong academic record, and they must read and apply research into their practice. Students must also have a Master’s degree in Elementary Education or a related field. See Admission Requirements page for full details.

Do I have to take the GRE?

Yes. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. Scores must be in the 40th percentile or higher. The scores must be less than five years old. We will accept the highest score.

When should I apply?

Students are admitted into the program in the fall, spring, and summer. The deadline for applications is February 15 (fall and summer) and September 15 (spring). Students whose applications are received by December 15th of the preceding year will have the greatest opportunity for scholarships and fellowships.

What happens after I apply?

When an application file is complete, applicants who meet the academic criteria will be invited to interview with the Admissions Committee.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

For questions regarding the program content and objectives, contact: 

Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, Elementary PhD Program Coordinator
Phone: 813-974-7522
Office: EDU 202
Office Location: 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, EDU 202, Tampa, FL 33620