Education PhD

Deepen your teaching and research abilities while specializing in a subject you’re passionate about in the interdisciplinary Education PhD in Temple’s College of Education. Take advantage of Temple’s location in the midst of Philadelphia’s highly diverse communities, and complete your fieldwork among its dense network of educational districts and institutions.

Immerse yourself in a doctorate program that embraces user-inspired, social justice-oriented and community-connected scholarship. You’ll build upon your fundamental education knowledge and hone in on a specialization of your choice.

Take two collegewide core seminars on contemporary educational research and at least 15 credits of research method courses. For full course and curriculum information, look to your specific concentration.


All doctoral students must pursue one of the following concentrations when applying for admission.

  • Special Education

    Become equipped to study interventions designed to improve the learning and behavior of students with a variety of disabilities. Students will gain up-to-date knowledge of research and issues pertaining to special education and hone the ability to apply comprehensive research skills to problems relating to the education of children with special needs. Explore and understand the complexities and individual differences those children face, especially in urban environments to become a highly qualified teacher of special education.

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  • Educational Psychology

    Prepare to become a professor or a researcher by investigating the influences of learning, cognition and human development on education. Students will build a strong theoretical and research orientation, as well as an interdisciplinary approach to advance their practice and service.

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  • Literacy and Learners

    Prepare to contribute new knowledge to the field of literacy learning. Focus on various aspects of language and literacy from childhood developmental foundations and early schooling, to how older children, adolescents and adults learn. Discover how to apply aspects in different contexts. This program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

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  • Urban Education

    Gain an understanding of the challenges students and educators face in urban schools. This program strives to provide the comprehensive training necessary to discern, and then to address, the influences shaping urban education. It includes interdisciplinary study and offers individual areas of specialization, including specializations in education reform and educational policies such as affirmative action, bilingual education, college access, multiculturalism and student culture.

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  • Applied Linguistics

    Explore the use, teaching and learning of languages, especially foreign languages. Students will examine the interaction between language beliefs and practices in multilingual communities to build the theoretical grounding, research experiences and scholarly skills needed for positions in academic environments, research and professional practice.

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  • Math and Science Education

    Prepare through academic coursework and an intensive mentoring relationship with faculty. Gain a broad knowledge of critical lines of inquiry in mathematics or science education and the development of research and analytic skills.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Doctor of Philosophy program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $898.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,231.00 per credit


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