Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D., Teaching & Teacher Education

Our Ph.D. program in Teaching and Teacher Education offers a variety of concentrations and specializations, including mathematics education, science education, teaching Mexican-American students, Indigenous education, bilingual education, and environmental learning. See the faculty list for names of experts to contact in these areas.

We offer several concentration areas within this degree. Here are a few:


Graduate students from other programs can also minor in Teaching and Teacher Education. Contact us for more information.

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To see the Doctoral Program booklet, click here.

Admission Requirements

  • 3.5 GPA, with defined exceptions on a provisional basis
  • GRE Scores -Minimum combined verbal and quantitative of 297
  • Master's degree in education or a related field from an accredited college or university
  • 15 units of previous coursework in education
  • Two years of full-time teaching experience
  • Three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a college or university professor)
  • Writing sample (Essay must be included with the Graduate College Application)


  • TTE Major Core (7 units )
    • TLS 696 First Year Doctoral Seminar (1 unit, Fall, to be taken the first semester)
    • TLS 696E Research on Teaching (3 units; Fall, to be taken during the first two years)
    • TLS 696F Research on Teacher Education (3 units; Spring, to be taken after the first two years)
  • Research Methods (Minimum of 13 units)
    • EDP 541 Quantitative/Inferential Methods in Education (4 units; Fall and Summer)
    • TLS 605 or HED 605 Qualitative Methods in Education (3 units; Fall and Spring)
    • Advanced Quantitative or Qualitative Course (3 units; semesters vary)
    • TLS 602 Dissertation Proposal Design (3 units; Spring)
  • Research Experience (6-12 units)
    • TLS 793 Internship - A minimum of 6 units of supervised internship must be completed with a focus on classroom studies and/or teacher education. Additional units may be specified, as necessary, by the candidate's major committee
  • Major Supportive Coursework in TLS (Minimum of 15 units)
    • 15 units to be selected from the approved list of TLS graduate courses and others as approved by the major committee.
  • Minor (Minimum of 9 units; students may minor in TTE or in another department)
  • Dissertation (18 units)


Milestones Toward the Degree

Click here for the program's Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines.

  • Qualifying Examination Procedures
    • The examination must be completed prior to the 24th unit of credit after admission to the doctoral program. The examination will include an oral defense of a scholarly paper written by the student, and a discussion and approval of the student's program of study for the degree.

  • Comprehensive Exams
    • A three part exam (2 written and 1 oral) given prior to dissertation work.

  • Dissertation Proposal Meeting
    • Upon completion of the written dissertation proposal, students defend their proposal in front of their dissertation committee.

  • Final Examination
    • Oral defense of the dissertation as well as any general questions to the field of study.


Residency Requirement

  • To meet the minimum Graduate College residence requirement, the student must complete a minimum of 30 units of graduate credit in residence at The University of Arizona, (18 units of dissertation plus 12 units of regular graded coursework taken at The University of Arizona). "In residence" is defined as units offered by The University of Arizona, whether or not they are offered on campus.

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TTE PhD Handbook