Program of Study

A minimum of 72 hours of study beyond the master’s degree is required for the Ph.D. A specific plan of study will be proposed by the student and advisor and must be approved by the student's doctoral committee, department graduate coordinator, Dean of the College of Education, and the Dean of the Graduate College. This plan of study must include coursework and/or experience in a specific area of emphasis, a cognate area of study, educational research, internships in research and college teaching, and the dissertation. The Ph.D. requires 9-12 hours to be taken as a cognate area of study.

  • Area of Emphasis: cultural and international studies in education, instructional technology, literacy, mathematics education, science education, teacher education, and TESL (27 hours). This coursework is taken within the Department of Teaching and Learning. Coursework must also include an analysis and evaluation of major issues confronting American education that are significant to all professional educators and/or historical, philosophical, or social foundations of American education. Please see Department website for specific emphasis-area requirements.
  • Cognate Area of Study (9 - 12 hours)
    The cognate is a minor area of study which enhances the major area of emphasis. Students may design a cognate area from within the Department of Teaching and Learning, other departments within the College of Education, or from other departments at UNLV.
  • Educational Research (15 hours) + submit an article for publication in a national refereed journal. The research component is designed to provide students with: a) knowledge of statistics with an emphasis on descriptive and inferential statistics and experimental design; b) knowledge of qualitative research methodologies; and c) doctoral research seminar emphasizing a review of the literature. Courses required include EPY 718, EPY 721, CIG 790, plus two elective research courses.
  • Internship (6 - 12 hours)
    The internships are focused toward the career goal of becoming a university researcher and faculty member. The specific experiences included in the research and college teaching internships are designed by the student and the advisor, with approval from the student's doctoral committee.
  • Dissertation (15 - 24 hours)
    The culminating activity of the doctoral program in T&L is the dissertation. Once a student has been advanced to doctoral candidacy, continuous enrollment in at least 3 credit hours in CIG 799 must be maintained until the dissertation is successfully defended. Registering for dissertation credits before Prospectus approval is prohibited.