About This Degree

The School of Teacher Education and Leadership administers a program leading to a doctoral degree in education with a required specialization in curriculum and instruction.

The degree is designed for educators who wish to prepare to become curriculum specialists, coordinators, or supervisors in public or private school systems or state departments of public instruction, and for those preparing to work as faculty members at the college or university level, generally in a teacher preparation area.

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, which houses the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, ranks in the top 2% of all graduate colleges of education. The college has been ranked third in the nation in total research dollars received, according to "America's Best Graduate Schools" U.S. News & World Report.

The PhD prepares candidates for academic careers in institutions that demand research expertise and an understanding of the theoretical foundations of a specific field. The PhD in Education degree is currently the only distance-delivered doctoral degree in the state.

Attention: The EdD program previously offered by the School of Teacher Education and Leadership is NOT currently accepting applications. Those interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in education should consider the Ph.D. in Education program.

Students must choose an area in which to focus their research. These areas are:

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Mathematics Education and Leadership
  • Literacy Education and Leadership
  • Cultural Studies
  • Science Education

Specialization (a specialization is not required)

  • Curriculum and Instruction - Prepare to become a curriculum specialist, coordinator, or supervisor, or to work at the college or university level.


Location Restrictions

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The EdD program prepares candidates to serve as curriculum and instruction leaders in public or private educational institutions and to teach in education and education-related programs in colleges and universities.

Graduates with the PhD generally pursue careers in academia.

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Differential Tuition

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.