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Please see the Web site for more information about the program: http://education.utep.edu/teachereducation/index.php/academic-programs/ph-d
This degree is designed to prepare professionals to conduct research that can inform the national debate about aims in education, standards, and equity. The program seeks to develop knowledge in important need areas with particular relevance for urban education, the southwest border region, Texas, and beyond. Graduates will also be prepared to:

  • Conduct research using appropriate methodologies to study curriculum and instruction;
  • Design innovative instructional strategies to promote the cognitive and social development of all learners;
  • Expand on the existing pedagogical knowledge base about learners from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds;
  • Utilize effective and innovative educational research and evaluation designs and processes; and
  • Provide significant contributions to the research literature on educational reform.

Admission Processes and Requirements

All students must be first admitted by the Graduate School. For more information regarding the Graduate School’s policies, please reference the Graduate School section of this catalog or the Graduate School Web site.

Applicants must submit the following required documents in order to be considered for admission:

  1. Graduate School Application:
    http://graduate.utep.edu/applynow_temp.html
  2. Three Rating Forms: Three (3) rating forms from individuals able to comment on the student’s potential to succeed in a doctoral program. Upload the three forms directly through EMBARK.  It is strongly recommended that the letters be from individuals with some knowledge or connection to academia, and preferably to Education.
  3. Official Transcripts: Transcripts from each college or university attended should be sent to the Graduate School. 
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): An official GRE report must be sent to the Graduate School.
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson Test of Academic English (PTAE): An official TOEFL or PTAE report (for international students only) should be sent to the Graduate School.
  6. Professional Goals and Resume: A vita or resume plus two-to three-page (single spaced) personal statement outlining experiences, skills, and training must be uploaded through EMBARK.  Career goals and how this specific program will benefit the student’s professional development must be included.
  7. Evidence of Writing Abilities: Two pieces demonstrating the student’s academic writing ability must be submitted through EMBARK. They should be research or professional reports written at a graduate level or a master’s thesis. Qualified applicants will, additionally, be asked to complete an academic writing exercise that will be done on line. Students will be notified by the department office about this procedure.
  8. Education and Experience: Applicants must have completed a master’s degree before entering the program. A minimum of three (3) years’ teaching experience or equivalent is also required, including evidence of personal or professional experiences.

The admission factors will be reviewed holistically to assess the potential of the applicant.

Interview: Selected applicants will be invited to an interview with members of the doctoral committee prior to the determination of final admission status. The purpose of the interview is to establish compatibility between the applicant’s goals and the interests and goals of the doctoral program. Doctoral program interviews occur each April.

Letter of Admission to Doctoral Program: The office of the Graduate School will advise doctoral applicants in writing whether they have been admitted or not admitted to the doctoral program.

Program Advisement: The Doctoral Program Committee is vested with the responsibility of making key decision regarding the doctoral program and related issues. Among the issues to be decided by the Doctoral Program Committee are requests from transfer students, distribution of firstyear faculty advisors, and approval of dissertation committees.

Financial Aid Eligibility and Credit-Hour Requirements: Master’s and doctoral students in their final semester of thesis or dissertation must enroll for a minimum of four (4) hours to maintain financial aid eligibility. http://academics.utep.edu/finaid

Program of Studies for the Ph. D.: The program includes prescribed courses for the core, research, and the professional focus area components. The electives allow doctoral students to concentrate their additional coursework in an area related to their planned dissertation research. The doctoral seminar (TED 6396) provides an opportunity for students to meet with faculty and other professionals for the purpose of sharing professional interests, networking, and brainstorming in their designated research areas.

Dissertation Requirements: All students must complete a doctoral dissertation (a minimum of 9 semester hours) that presents original research at an advanced level on a significant problem in an area addressing teaching, learning, and educational culture. Dissertation hours can be repeated. The dissertation must be prepared according to the Graduate School’s Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines, available at the Graduate School Web site.

Graduation Requirements: Degree will be conferred to students upon successful completion of coursework, successful portfolio presentation (in lieu of qualifying exam), successful proposal hearing, successful defense of dissertation, and dissertation document accepted by the Graduate School. A copy of the dissertation in PDF or Word electronic format must be approved by the Graduate School. A hard copy of the signature page with original signatures of the dissertation committee members must also be submitted to the Graduate School.

Elective courses are selected to support the area of focus. Faculty advisors will guide students in selecting elective courses. Recommended electives include, but are not limited to, the following. Students must consult with an advisor regarding master's-level courses that may be appropriate.

Grade Point Average Requirements: The student must maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average in all graduate coursework attempted, excluding dissertation credit. Failure to maintain this average constitutes unsatisfactory progress and will result in the student’s dismissal from this program.

Probation and Dismissal Policy

The program is committed to student success and mentorship that helps foster engegement and excellence.  Faculty are also committed to provide students with needed support and guidance in order to meet requirements and make satisfactory progress.

Probation

Students not making satisfactory progress are placed on probation as part of a review and improvement process that provides support and recommendations. The probation is removed when recommendations or requirements are met.

Dismissal

Students who do not meet recommendations or requirements are reviewed and considered for dismissal from the program. The probation/dismissal procedure is initiated if students fail either TED 6394 or TED 6397 a second time.

More details and relevant documents concerning the probation/dismissal policy are available on the program's website or by contacting the Program Coordinator.

Degree Plan

Ph.D in Teaching, Learning, & Culture with a Concentration in Literacy/Biliteracy

Required Credits: 60

PhD Teach Learning & Culture (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
TED 6300Crit Issues in Curri and Instr3
TED 6301Biliteracy and Academic Dev3
TED 6302Social Context of Education3
TED 6305Practicm3
TED 6310Learning Theory3
TED 6320Quantitative Research I3
TED 6321Quantitative Research II3
TED 6322Qualitative Research I3
TED 6323Qualitative Research II3
TED 6396Doct Sem in Educ Research3
TED 6397Doc Prop Writing Seminar3
TED 6398Dissertation3
TED 6399Dissertation3
Professional Focus Area:
Select three courses in one professional focus area of the following:9
Literacy/Biliteracy:
Research Trends in Bilingual/E
The Ethnography of Lan and Lit
Discursive Practices in Educ
Survey of Issues in Bil and Se
Issues in Lit Acq and Devol
Discursive Practices in Educ
Psychology of Reading
Seminar in Literacy
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
Adv Quan Res and Stat in Edu
Mathematics/Science/Technology:
Integration of Curr & Ed Tech
Transformative Uses of Tech in
Research Trends in Ma/Sc Edu
Cult-Hist Epist and Did of Mat
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
Inst Trends in Science Edu
Dia and Cont in Sci Edu
Adv Quan Res and Stat in Edu
Other Electives:
Select four courses based on your professional focus area of the following:12
Literacy/Biliteracy:
Curr Topics In Bilingual/ESL
Survey Issues/Bil/Sec Lang Ed
Literacy Dev. in Spanish
Teaching Content in Spanish
Sheltered Eng Inst/Educators
Survey of Issues in Bil and Se
Pedagogy/Technology-rich Clsrm
Tech Assist Tools/Issue/Access
Assess Plan/Implment Tech Prog
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Content Literacy
Psychology of Reading
Seminar in Literacy
Economics of U.S. Schooling
Paulo Freire & Social Justice
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
US-Mexico Borderlands in Chang
Seminar-Sociology of Education
Any TED doctoral course
Interdisc Feminist Theory/Meth
Mathematics/Science/Technology:
Modern General Chemistry
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Adv Productivity Tech/Clsrm
Pedagogy/Technology-rich Clsrm
Tech Assist Tools/Issue/Access
Assess Plan/Implment Tech Prog
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Current Topics in Math Educ.
Rsrch-Based Pract in Math Clas
Ped Cntent Knowl in Teach Math
Cult Hist Epistmlgy/Pedag Math
Graduate Research in Physics
Economics of U.S. Schooling
Paulo Freire & Social Justice
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
Sc Tools Stnd Tech Safty/Ethic
Societal Context of Sc Educ
Inquiry Sc Ed in Biling Settng
Chem Ed in Feminist/Mult Cntxt
Inst Trends in Science Edu
US-Mexico Borderlands in Chang
Seminar-Sociology of Education
Any TED doctoral course
Interdisc Feminist Theory/Meth
Total Hours60

Ph.D in Teaching, Learning, & Culture with a Concentration in Math/Science/Tech

Required Credits: 60

PhD Teach Learning & Culture (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
TED 6300Crit Issues in Curri and Instr3
TED 6301Biliteracy and Academic Dev3
TED 6302Social Context of Education3
TED 6305Practicm3
TED 6310Learning Theory3
TED 6320Quantitative Research I3
TED 6322Qualitative Research I3
TED 6394Scholarly Portfolio Developmnt3
TED 6396Doct Sem in Educ Research3
TED 6397Doc Prop Writing Seminar3
TED 6398Dissertation3
TED 6399Dissertation3
Select one of the following:3
Grad Workshop in Education
Quantitative Research II
Qualitative Research II
Math/Sci/Tech Concentration:
Select three courses of the following:9
Research Trends in Ma/Sc Edu
Cult-Hist Epist and Did of Mat
Tchr Devlpmt in Math/Sci Ed
Inst Trends in Science Edu
Dia and Cont in Sci Edu
Electives:
Select four courses of the following: 112
Modern General Chemistry
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Adv Productivity Tech/Clsrm
Pedagogy/Technology-rich Clsrm
Tech Assist Tools/Issue/Access
Assess Plan/Implment Tech Prog
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Current Topics in Math Educ.
Rsrch-Based Pract in Math Clas
Ped Cntent Knowl in Teach Math
Research Trends in Ma/Sc Edu
Cult-Hist Epist and Did of Mat
Tchr Devlpmt in Math/Sci Ed
Graduate Research in Physics
Sc Tools Stnd Tech Safty/Ethic
Societal Context of Sc Educ
Inst Trends in Science Edu
Dia and Cont in Sci Edu
US-Mexico Borderlands in Chang
Seminar-Sociology of Education
Current Topics Science Educ
Any TED doctoral course
Interdisc Feminist Theory/Meth
Professional Focus Area:
Select three courses in one professional focus area:9
Literacy/Biliteracy:
Research Trends in Bilingual/E
The Ethnography of Lan and Lit
Discursive Practices in Educ
Survey of Issues in Bil and Se
Issues in Lit Acq and Devol
Discursive Practices in Educ
Psychology of Reading
Seminar in Literacy
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
Adv Quan Res and Stat in Edu
Mathematics/Science/Technology:
Integration of Curr & Ed Tech
Transformative Uses of Tech in
Research Trends in Ma/Sc Edu
Cult-Hist Epist and Did of Mat
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
Inst Trends in Science Edu
Dia and Cont in Sci Edu
Adv Quan Res and Stat in Edu
Select four courses based on your professional focus area:12
Literacy/Biliteracy:
Curr Topics In Bilingual/ESL
Survey Issues/Bil/Sec Lang Ed
Literacy Dev. in Spanish
Teaching Content in Spanish
Sheltered Eng Inst/Educators
Survey of Issues in Bil and Se
Pedagogy/Technology-rich Clsrm
Tech Assist Tools/Issue/Access
Assess Plan/Implment Tech Prog
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Content Literacy
Psychology of Reading
Seminar in Literacy
Economics of U.S. Schooling
Paulo Freire & Social Justice
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
US-Mexico Borderlands in Chang
Seminar-Sociology of Education
Any TED doctoral course
Interdisc Feminist Theory/Meth
Mathematics/Science/Technology:
Modern General Chemistry
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Adv Productivity Tech/Clsrm
Pedagogy/Technology-rich Clsrm
Tech Assist Tools/Issue/Access
Assess Plan/Implment Tech Prog
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Current Topics in Math Educ.
Rsrch-Based Pract in Math Clas
Ped Cntent Knowl in Teach Math
Cult Hist Epistmlgy/Pedag Math
Graduate Research in Physics
Economics of U.S. Schooling
Paulo Freire & Social Justice
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
Sc Tools Stnd Tech Safty/Ethic
Societal Context of Sc Educ
Inquiry Sc Ed in Biling Settng
Chem Ed in Feminist/Mult Cntxt
Inst Trends in Science Edu
US-Mexico Borderlands in Chang
Seminar-Sociology of Education
Any TED doctoral course
Interdisc Feminist Theory/Meth
Total Hours81
1

Only two master's level courses are allowed.

Ph.D in Teaching, Learning, & Culture with a Concentration in Sociocultural Foundations

Required Credits: 60

PhD Teach Learning & Culture (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
TED 6300Crit Issues in Curri and Instr3
TED 6301Biliteracy and Academic Dev3
TED 6302Social Context of Education3
TED 6305Practicm3
TED 6310Learning Theory3
TED 6320Quantitative Research I3
TED 6322Qualitative Research I3
TED 6394Scholarly Portfolio Developmnt3
TED 6396Doct Sem in Educ Research3
TED 6397Doc Prop Writing Seminar3
TED 6398Dissertation3
TED 6399Dissertation3
Select one of the following electives:3
Grad Workshop in Education
Quantitative Research II
Qualitative Research II
Sociocultural Foundations Concentration:
Select five courses of the following:15
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
Economics of U.S. Schooling
Paulo Freire & Social Justice
Electives:
Select two courses of the following:6
Adv. Curriculum Development
Foundation of Media Education
Ethics in Education
History of Education
Professional Focus Area:
Select three courses in one professional focus area:9
Literacy/Biliteracy:
Research Trends in Bilingual/E
The Ethnography of Lan and Lit
Discursive Practices in Educ
Survey of Issues in Bil and Se
Issues in Lit Acq and Devol
Discursive Practices in Educ
Psychology of Reading
Seminar in Literacy
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
Adv Quan Res and Stat in Edu
Mathematics/Science/Technology:
Integration of Curr & Ed Tech
Transformative Uses of Tech in
Research Trends in Ma/Sc Edu
Cult-Hist Epist and Did of Mat
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
Inst Trends in Science Edu
Dia and Cont in Sci Edu
Adv Quan Res and Stat in Edu
Select four courses based on your professional focus area:12
Literacy/Biliteracy:
Curr Topics In Bilingual/ESL
Survey Issues/Bil/Sec Lang Ed
Literacy Dev. in Spanish
Teaching Content in Spanish
Sheltered Eng Inst/Educators
Survey of Issues in Bil and Se
Pedagogy/Technology-rich Clsrm
Tech Assist Tools/Issue/Access
Assess Plan/Implment Tech Prog
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Content Literacy
Psychology of Reading
Seminar in Literacy
Economics of U.S. Schooling
Paulo Freire & Social Justice
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
US-Mexico Borderlands in Chang
Seminar-Sociology of Education
Any TED doctoral course
Interdisc Feminist Theory/Meth
Mathematics/Science/Technology:
Modern General Chemistry
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Adv Productivity Tech/Clsrm
Pedagogy/Technology-rich Clsrm
Tech Assist Tools/Issue/Access
Assess Plan/Implment Tech Prog
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Current Topics in Math Educ.
Rsrch-Based Pract in Math Clas
Ped Cntent Knowl in Teach Math
Cult Hist Epistmlgy/Pedag Math
Graduate Research in Physics
Economics of U.S. Schooling
Paulo Freire & Social Justice
Cur Top and Iss in Soc Stu Edu
Critical Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Foundations
Critical Pedagogy
Sc Tools Stnd Tech Safty/Ethic
Societal Context of Sc Educ
Inquiry Sc Ed in Biling Settng
Chem Ed in Feminist/Mult Cntxt
Inst Trends in Science Edu
US-Mexico Borderlands in Chang
Seminar-Sociology of Education
Any TED doctoral course
Interdisc Feminist Theory/Meth
Total Hours81