DOCTORAL

Teaching and Teacher Education

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This doctoral specialization is a program in which you can focus on the work of teaching, learning to teach, the ongoing development of teachers, and the variety of contexts for teacher development, which range from formal teacher education and professional development programs to the organization of schools and teacher networks and groups.

In this intensive program, you will work closely alongside nationally recognized scholars as you prepare to contribute to the quality of professional practice and policy, and the education and development of practicing professionals. You will develop your own research questions and emphases in collaboration with faculty and other students, choosing a focus on teaching and teacher education in particular school subjects, or on issues common across subject matter boundaries. You will engage in practicum experiences on campus and in schools to provide focused opportunities to use what you are learning in your teacher education program.

Our faculty is engaged in a wide variety of projects, nationally and internationally, and there are myriad opportunities for you to learn and grow through involvement in these projects. Through the combination of core knowledge, concentrated study, cross-discipline learning, and practice, the Doctoral Program in Teaching and Teacher Education will prepare you to be an accomplished scholar, teacher, and leader with the knowledge and skill to develop and improve practice, research, and policy.

Additional Certificate and Endorsement Opportunities
Learning Experience Design Certificate

Requirements

Doctoral students in Teaching and Teacher Education take a common set of core courses, dealing with the practice and scholarship of teaching and teacher education (broadly defined to include professional development across the lifespan), and policy contexts of professional education. They also select electives from other areas, and from programs and departments outside the School of Education. 

Total Credit Hours Required
60

Core credits

19

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 790 – Foundations of Schooling (3 credits)
  • EDUC 791 – Foundations of Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
  • EDUC 792 – Methods of Educational Research: Qualitative (3 credits)
  • EDUC 793 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 898 – Professional Development Seminar (1 credit); need 4 credits total
  • An advanced research methods course (3 credits)

Concentration credits

12

Students choose from the following courses:

  • EDUC 772 – Policy and Contexts of Teacher Education 
  • EDUC 774 – The Practice of Teacher Education 
  • EDUC 775 – Research on Teacher Education 
  • EDUC 776 – The Practice of Teaching 
  • EDUC 780 – Research on Teaching

Elective credits

12

Cognate credits

6

Cognates are defined as graduate, non-Education courses. Cross-listed, meet-together courses with Education can be elected to fulfill the cognate requirement. With advisor approval, students may choose Higher Education courses.

Apprenticeship credits

2–6

Students complete a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following apprenticeships:

  • EDUC 789 – Research Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member
  • EDUC 798 – Teaching Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member

Preliminary exam credits

2–6

Students complete a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following courses:

  • EDUC 991 – Prelims Part A (1 credit minimum) (may be elected more than once) 
  • EDUC 992 – Prelims Part B (1 credit minimum) (may be elected more than once)

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Associated Faculty

Associate Professor, School of Education; Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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Arthur F Thurnau Professor; William H Payne Collegiate Professor of Education; Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

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Associate Professor; Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

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Connect with ES

Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: edstudiesma.info@umich.edu 
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu  

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Application Deadline

Educational Studies is suspending admissions to its PhD program for the fall of 2021. We are doing this to ensure that we can continue to provide the support needed by our current students at this uncertain time. However, we are engaged in an exciting redesign of our PhD program and look forward to welcoming your applications in the fall of 2021 for the fall of 2022. Please check in (at this site) for updates regarding our redesign efforts.

Quick Facts

GRE general exam required

Yes

Financial aid available

Yes

Starting term

Fall term only

Connect with ES

Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: edstudiesma.info@umich.edu 
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu  

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Careers

100%

of known graduates found full time employment in education

100%

of known graduates found employment within 12 months

$61K

average first year salary
Graduates typically go into these industries
  • Educational foundations and policy
  • Educational leadership
  • Science education
  • Teaching and teacher education

 

Graduates often work as
  • Education Consultant
  • Director of Research
  • Professor
  • Research Design Specialist
  • Research Investigator
  • Research Specialist

Recent job titles include

  • Associate Director of Education Research
  • Chief of Research
  • Clinical Professor
  • Deputy Director
  • Director of Enrollment Research and Data Management
  • Director of Mathematics Learning Center
  • Instructional Consultant
  • Principal Researcher
  • Research Scientist

Internships

Although no internship is required, students must satisfy the apprenticeship requirement by completing a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following apprenticeships:

  • EDUC 789 – Research Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member
  • EDUC 798 – Teaching Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member