Learning, Teaching and Diversity (Ph.D.)

Work closely with faculty, address the interdisciplinary nature of problems related to learning environments, culture, and diversity and prepare for a variety of research and leadership roles.


Program Overview

The number of required courses is relatively small so that individual programs of study can be tailored to your goals and interests. From the first year of your program, you'll be actively involved in conducting research and mentored to carry out increasingly ambitious investigations and develop papers for publication and presentation. You'll also participate as a graduate research assistant in federally funded research projects and collaborate with faculty members in teaching prospective elementary or secondary teachers.

The doctoral program has recently been redesigned to maximize synergy between faculty and students. The program focuses on current issues of research and practice, and offers students considerable flexibility to pursue their developing goals and interests. Each of the four areas provides a graduated apprenticeship in becoming a creative scholar and a university teacher.


  • Language, Literacy, and Culture

    The Language, Literacy, and Culture program focuses on understanding how humans use language and literacy to understand and change their world.

  • Justice and Diversity in Education

    Justice and Diversity in Education students investigate and experience the variety of ways in which diversity plays out in human learning.

  • Mathematics and Science Education

    In Mathematics and Science Education, faculty and student researchers examine or develop learning environments that raise questions about how learners access significant mathematical and scientific ideas.

  • Learning Design

    Learning Design prepares students to research, design, study, and develop theoretical understandings of learning activities and environments.

Program Facts

Director of Graduate Studies: Ilana Horn
Admissions Coordinator: Erica Bodden
Admission Term: Fall
Length of Study: Typically 4 years
Application Deadline: December 1

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students admitted to the program typically receive full tuition support, health insurance, and graduate assistantships that cover living expenses. Many also receive scholarships that increase their level of financial support. Several generous travel grant programs enable students to participate in national conferences, even during their first year in the program.


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