Program of Study

Requirements for the Teacher Education specialization: 60 credit hours minimum

Program of Study Form (PDF)

Core Requirement: 3 credit hours

EDG 7067: Philosophies of Inquiry (3 credit hours) 
The purpose of this course is to introduce doctoral students to different approaches to educational research and to alternative frames for criticism, including postpositivism, constructivism, poststructuralism, pragmatism, critical theory, narrative, race and gender, ethics, and aesthetics.

Research Methods and Tools: 12-16 credit hours

Selection of four 7000 level quantitative, qualitative or methodological courses approved by the student’s program committee.

Specialization Requirements: 18 credit hours minimum

At least four additional 6000 or 7000 level courses selected in consultation with your advisor. 


EDE 7481: Teacher Education Seminar (3 credit hours - students will enroll at least three times)
This course prepares doctoral students to integrate, assimilate, and evaluate major research and research issues confronting the field of teacher education.

At least three other courses approved by the student’s program committee such as:

EDG 7066: Critical Pedagogy in Teacher Education (3 credit hours) 
This course provides introductions to key concepts and frameworks related to critical pedagogy. Graduate students will develop connections between theoretical exploration to teaching and scholarship in teacher education.

ESE 7220: Curriculum Frameworks in Teacher Education (3 credit hours)
This course introduces and informs advanced graduate students about the conceptions of curriculum development related to teacher preparation, exploring topics related to the comprehensive process of certification, standards, governance, and accreditation.

ESE 7346: Collegiate Teaching In Secondary Education (3 credit hours) 
This course prepares new doctoral students for successful teaching in secondary education. Special attention will be given to the state of collegiate teaching, understanding how people learn, facilitating student learning,and becoming a reflective educator.

EDF 7946: Supervised Experience in College Teaching (1 credit hour)
A seminar to increase knowledge and competencies in college instruction. Students must have advanced graduate standing, be currently teaching a college level course, willing to be observed, and able to discuss ongoing classroom practices and problems. Open to all doctoral level Education majors, other doctoral students if space available. S/U optional. 

EDH 7325: Supervised Teaching in Childhood Ed & Literacy Studies I (3 credit hours) 
The purpose of this course is for graduate assistants to consider challenges and issues involved in preservice education. Students will reflect on their instruction, survey preservice teacher literature and develop an inquiry plan to study their teaching.

EDE 7327: Differentiated Supervision & Teacher Professional Development (3 credit hours) 
This course cultivates the knowledge of job-embedded professional development tools that facilitates teacher effectiveness through collaborative instructional and school improvement efforts.

EDG 7035: Design and Evaluation of Teacher Education Programs (3 credit hours) 
Students in this course will examine theories for design and evaluation of teacher ed programs. The course uses a problem-based approach in which instruction is structured around the design and evaluation of model teacher education programs.

Programs or other courses approved by doctoral committee.

Teacher Education Areas of Emphasis: 9 credit hours minimum

A minimum of three courses in teaching and learning in the subject areas of English, Social Studies, Science, Math, Foreign Language, at the levels of Early Childhood, Elementary Education, ESOL, Literacy, Middle School, High School, or Physical Education, and/or in the specialized areas of Special Education, upon approval by the student's program committee.

Research Practicum in Area of Emphasis: 6 credit hours minimum

A minimum of 6 credit hours of research in each student’s selected Area of Emphasis is required. Students will be expected to engage in research activities under the direction of an Area of Emphasis faculty member. This will lead to the development of the students’ knowledge and skills needed to write literature reviews, and design and conduct research studies.

Qualifying Examination

Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. For more information, visit the USF Graduate Catalog or consult with your doctoral program major advisor.

Dissertation: 12 credit hours minimum