What will I learn?

Our doctorate aims to prepare first-rate scholars and practitioners. Your pathway is highly customizable, so you can tailor your degree to your specific career goals and interests in areas such as history, social studies, and global education; literacy education; mathematics education; early childhood and childhood education; science and environmental education; urban education; or special education.

How You’ll Learn

Because the development and completion of a dissertation depends on intensely individual interest and work, this PhD emphasizes the individual tailoring of your degree from the very beginning. We aim to suit the unique interests and experiences that you bring to the program and develop during your course of study.


Early Childhood and Childhood Education

Become a researcher or teacher educator dedicated to understanding children’s development and learning, and supporting them in their education.

History, Social Studies, and Global Education

Advance your knowledge and work with faculty members to conduct research and develop curricula that promote civic engagement.

Literacy Education

Work closely with faculty members to develop your research skills in language and literacy development, and apply that research to improve literacy instruction.

Mathematics Education

Learn strategies for designing and analyzing research studies in mathematics education while working closely with faculty on all aspects of the research process.

Science and Environmental Education

Develop your skills in research in science and environmental education and learn about current science pedagogy, teacher education, technology, and more.

Special Education

Develop expertise in special education policy, research, and practices as you collaborate with our faculty.

Urban Education

Advance your knowledge, work with faculty on research, and prepare to be an educational leader committed to scholarship and action in urban educational settings.

Which department am I in?

Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (48-60 credits (students entering without an MA may be required to take up to 72 credits))

Tuition fees
US$47,428.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 September 2022


Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development

383 Lafayette Street,

New York,

10003, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

You must have the equivalent of a four-year US bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

Test of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL): Scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates score a 100 on the Internet based exam or 600 on the paper based exam.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Official scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates achieve a band score of 7.

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): Official scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates score a 68 to 70.

Application Deadline: Fall - December 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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