Educational Theory and Practice (PhD)

Degree: Doctoral Degrees

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The Department of Elementary and Social Studies Education 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.


College of Education
Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7101
Phone: 706/542-6446

Academic Department

Educational Theory and Practice
Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7177
Phone: 706/542-4244


Graduate Coordinator

Jennifer H. James


The Elementary Education Program offers a Ph.D. in elementary education that is designed for individuals who wish to engage in an intensive study of educational issues, develop skills required to conduct and disseminate original research, build their ability to teach at the university level, or take leadership positions in school districts, government agencies, or other educational organizations. The Ph.D. requires a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA, a 3.5 graduate GPA, a combined GRE score of at least 1000. International applicants must submit a combined IBT TOEFL of at least 80 (a minimum of 20 on the speak and write), or a CBT minimum score of 213, or a paper-based minimum score of 550. Application deadlines for U.S. applicants are: March 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.



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