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Teaching & Teacher Education (PHD) 
Program Description

The Ph.D. is a degree that prepares candidates for research and university teaching.Areas of emphasis includes studying processes and practices of teacher education generally or in specific disciplines.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies -

College of Education  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Adriana Garibay Miramontez
Graduate Program Coordinator
Adriana Garibay Miramontez
Director of Graduate Studies
Marcy B Wood
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
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Admissions Requirements

Doctoral Applicant:
GPA 3.5 (Ph.D.)
TOEFL 79 (International only)
GRE minimum 500/500 - 1000
3 letters of recommendation, at least one must be from a college/university professor
M.A. with thesis or equivalent (PhD)
Two years of teaching experience (PhD)

English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6). Individual departments may require a higher score and may have minimum score requirements by test module that must be met to qualify for admission.

Applicants may request, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official TOEFL score report directly to The University of Arizona. Contact TOEFL Services to request the mailing of your score report. The University of Arizona institution code is 4832.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE, TOEFL and IELTS (international)
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7

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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 17

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 17
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 68
Core coursework:

Major Core (7 units): TLS 696, TLS 696F, TLS 696E
Research Methods (min 12 units): EDP 541, TLS/HED 605, TLS 602, Advanced Quantitative or Qualitative course
(a) In addition to the above research courses, and in consultation with the advisor, the student may be required to take TLS 570 Introduction to Educational Research. This will be the case for students who did not take any research methods courses for their master’s degree or who need additional background before enrolling in EDP 541.
(b) For students pursuing quantitative research for their dissertation, the advanced course will be TLS 641(Spring). In addition, and as part of the Major Supportive Courses, the advisor may require students pursuing the quantitative (or mixed) dissertation to enroll in additional courses. The advisor may require one of three paths (students may take equivalent courses to those listed):
  •            Path 1: If the dissertation work focuses on measurement and assessment, students will be advised to take three additional courses: EDP 558 Educational Tests and Measurements (Spring); EDP 646A Multivariate Methods (Fall); and EDP 658B Theories of Measurement.
  •            Path 2: If the dissertation work focuses on theory testing, students will be advised to take two additional courses: EDP 646A Multivariate Methods (Fall); and FSHD 617A Structural Equation Modeling.
  •            Path 3: If the dissertation work focuses on educational interventions or observational studies dealing with nested data structures, students will be advised to take two additional classes: A class on the Generalized Linear Model OR Advanced Regression; and FSHD 617C Multilevel Modeling.
(c) For students pursuing qualitative research for their dissertation, the advanced course should be discussed with the advisor. The advisor may require additional qualitative courses (in which case they would be a part of Major Supportive Courses), and if so, they may be taken from any discipline on campus. Some of the courses offered in the College of Education are:
  • TLS 576 Teacher Research (Spring); TLS 595E Ethnography (Fall); TLS 696D Case Study (Every other Spring); TLS 696D Discourse Analysis (Fall)
(d) It is highly recommended that students take a Writing for Publication course, either from our department or elsewhere from campus.
Research Experience (6 units): TLS 793
Major Supportive Courses (minimum 15 units)
Dissertation (18 units): TLS 920
Minor Requirements
  • A minimum of 9 credits of coursework in Teaching and Teacher Education (TTE). This coursework must be approved by the minor advisor.
  • Pass written and oral comprehensive examination. Format of each part of the comprehensive examination is up to the minor advisor. The examination should test the candidates’s knowledge in breadth across the field of Teaching and Teacher Education and in depth within the area of specialization.
  • The minor advisor must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies.
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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 50%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 5.00
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 28%
Enrollment Percent Female 72%
Enrollment Percent International 3%
Enrollment Percent URM 35%

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