Doctor of Philosophy


Group of doctoral students

A group of doctoral students and faculty presenting at the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision Conference.

Our Elementary Education PhD Program is designed for educators who are interested in working at the college level, within school districts, or in local, state, regional, national, or international agencies. The program includes a distinctive approach to understanding elementary education practice through research and innovation that unites advocacy, equity, community engagement, rigorous intellectual inquiry, and teacher leadership.

The Elementary PhD program provides doctoral students with 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 elementary educational practice
  • 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
  • Explore innovative responses to key issues in the field by designing unique subject specific cognates within the program to target specific curricular interest areas (e.g., math, science, technology, literacy, reading writing, inclusion, leadership, ESOL).
  • Develop a keen understanding of powerful job-embedded professional development by working closely with school partners and university faculty engaged in innovative approaches to prospective and practicing teacher learning.

Note: Assistantships available for full time doctoral study. These assistantships offer graduate students the opportunity to teach courses and supervise preservice teachers in the field. For more information, email Jennifer Jacobs.