Earn your doctorate in this program for those who intend to assume positions as researchers, teacher educators, teacher leaders, and policy makers. We have doctoral emphasis areas in critical studies, early childhood, elementary, middle grades, and teacher education

The Department of Educational Theory and Practice prepares teachers for all educational environments from prekindergarten to grade 12, as well as teacher educators and researchers for higher education institutions. With high-demand undergraduate majors in early childhood, middle school, and social studies education and with graduate programs perennially ranked among the top 5 in the country, the department is known for its innovative preparation of educators who have a strong theoretical and practical understanding of teaching, learning, and educational environments. Faculty and students conduct research on a wide range of issues, and the department supports the democratic reform of schooling through connections with the Professional Development Schools initiative.

Students entering the ETAP Ph.D. program join a highly engaged community of scholars with diverse interests who work internationally, nationally, and locally with particular attention to the political and social contexts of children, communities, and education. Faculty are committed to questioning and furthering theory, research, and practice by developing and applying various theoretical and methodological perspectives.

The ETAP Ph.D. program provides a strong philosophical, theoretical, research-based, and practical understanding of teaching, learning, and educational environments for educators who intend to assume positions as researchers, teacher educators, teacher leaders, and policy makers. A central feature of the program is the integration of theory and practice.

The ETAP Ph.D. program has areas of emphasis in the following domains: Critical Studies in Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Social Studies Education, and Teacher Education

The Ph.D. requires a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA, a 3.5 graduate GPA, and a combined GRE score of 297.

International applicants must submit a combined IBT TOEFL of at least 80 (a minimum of 20 on the speak and write). IELTS scores need to be at or above 6.0 in all sub parts and have overall score of 6.5 or higher.

Application deadlines are: January 1 to begin in the Summer or Fall Semesters, and October 1 to begin in the Spring semester. International students should plan to apply two months earlier than these deadlines.

Degree Awarded: PhD

Degree Code: PHD_EDTP

School/College: College of Education

Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7101


Academic Department: Educational Theory and Practice

Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7177

Graduate Coordinator: Cheryl Fields-Smith


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