PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Elementary Education

Our department is not currently admitting students to this emphasis area. We invite you to explore the other graduate degree options within Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.


This program consists of a combination of coursework, internships and authentic experiences with research, development, and teacher education that are directed toward the following goals:

  • Understand the depth and breadth of the field of elementary education in terms of research, curriculum, policy, teacher development and student learning;
  • Develop, carry out, and report independent research in some area of elementary education;
  • Become outstanding teachers/advisors of college students; and
  • Understand the role of service in the university setting and learn how membership in organizations can lead to a service agenda.

Degree Requirements

To receive a PhD degree, you must complete a minimum of 72 hours of coursework beyond a bachelor's degree.  This includes at least 18 hours of education core courses and a minimum of 12 hours of research methodology.