Ph.D. in Teacher Education

Doctoral students

This program is projected for professional educators who have an interest in becoming practitioner-oriented scholars in teacher education and who are interested in teacher education as a content area for research. Completing this degree will enable individuals to answer the national call for teacher educators and researchers in this field. The program is one of only a few in the nation devoted to teacher education.


The admissions deadline is December 1 for Fall admissions. Apply through the UNLV Graduate College.

General Degree Timeline

The Ph.D. in Teacher Education will consist of a minimum of 60 credits beyond the master's degree. Of the 60 credits, 21 credits will be in required courses: 6 credits will be in specific research and inquiry courses; 15 will be in the required teacher education core. In addition, there will be two required teaching internships (6 credits) and a required school-based internship (3-6 credits). Of the remaining credits, 6 credits will be electives in the inquiry and research area and 9 credits will be in teacher education and teacher learning electives. In addition, there are 3 hours of a required research seminar taken concomitantly with the dissertation. Individual programs of study may exceed the minimum requirements; specific coursework will vary depending on the particular teaching field or emphasis that is chosen in teacher education. The following is a list of required courses as well as illustrative lists of electives in the areas of Inquiry, Teacher Education and Teacher Learning Core, Teacher Education and Teacher Learning Electives, Internships, and Dissertation.

Representative Course of Study by Year


Links to program specific forms are available on the Forms and Handbooks page.

Additional forms are available for completion and download on the department and Graduate College websites. Also see Timeline from Admission to Graduation, available in the Graduate Catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

  • How do I apply for admission to a doctoral program in the Department of
    Curriculum and Instruction at UNLV?

    After you have read the available information on the four programs that we offer and you have decided which one you wish to pursue, review the Entrance Requirements section of your program of interest. You can use this section as a checklist for all the documentation that needs to accompany your application.
    Then, fill out the application provided here and send it to the Department of Teaching and Learning (address is provided on the application form).
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Applying for admission to a doctoral program in the Department of T&L is a two-part process. You must fulfill the requirements outlined by the department and the requirements set forth by the Graduate College as well. If you are an international student, you must also contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.
    If you have any questions at any time during the application process, please call the T&L Office of Doctoral Studies 702-895-1540. We are here to assist you!
  • What is the application deadline?
    Deadline: December 1st of the year admission is sought.
    *Admission is effective the Fall semester of the application year.
    **We highly recommend sending in all required documentation to (1) the department of T&L, (2) the Graduate College, and (3) international students only: the Office of International Students and Scholars, prior to February 15th.
  • What is the residency requirement?
    Every doctoral program in the department of T&L has a residency requirement, which is different from Residency for the purposes of tuition. For the latter, if it is determined that you are a Nevada Resident, you will not need to pay out-of-state tuition.
    The residency requirement for each of our doctoral programs is described in more detail in the Minimum Completion Requirements section of each program. After reading this information, if you have further questions, please call the T&L Office at 702-895-1540.
  • How do I check the status of my application?
    You are always welcome to call our offices to make sure the documentation you have sent has arrived. We will also be in touch with you by e-mail, so please make sure you provide your e-mail address on all application forms you send us.
    T&L Office of Doctoral Studies: 702-895-1540
    UNLV Graduate College: 702-895-3320
    Office of International Students and Scholars: 702-895-0143

Current Students

  • Where do I find the forms I need to submit?
    Links to forms for doctoral students can be found under the General Forms section above.
  • What classes are required for my program?
    Please consult the Program of Study section for your particular program.
  • The annual review is due on March 20th. What is the procedure for its completion?
    It is required that all doctoral students in the department of T&L complete their Annual Review by March 20th. Failure to complete the Annual Review leads to being placed on academic probation.
    Here are the steps for the completion of the Annual Review:
    1. Complete the Annual Review Form.
    2. After completing and submitting this form online, print a copy of it. Also print an updated Vita and a recent unofficial transcript. You can obtain your unofficial transcript through UNLV's online registration link.
    3.a. Schedule a meeting with your chair, or your entire committee if you wish, to evaluate your progress in the program. Take the Annual Review form, your Vita and the unofficial transcript to this meeting. After your chair has reviewed and discussed your progress, he/she will sign your Annual Review form.
    3.b. Students in the Ph.D. in Teacher Education program must also update their electronic portfolios. They are required to meet with their entire committee, not only their chair, to present their electronic portfolio. This is in addition to all of the above. Detailed information about the electronic portfolio is provided here.
    4. All students must submit the signed Annual Review form, the updated Vita, and the unofficial transcript to the T&L Office of Doctoral Studies: CEB 354, by February 15th.
    If you have any questions about this process, please contact the T&L Office of Doctoral Studies at 702-895-1540.
  • Which classes apply toward my area of emphasis?
    Each doctoral program has coursework required for completion. For information on electives that align with your area of emphasis, you can speak with your advisor, other faculty members, and fellow students, and you can also consult the UNLV Graduate Catalog.
  • Where can I get web space to post my electronic portfolio?
    You have 100MB of free web space available through UNLV. Login to your WebCampus T&L Doctoral Studies for detailed information on obtaining this space.
  • Procedures for completing the Qualifying Examination were updated in the Fall of 2015. What are the updates?
    Qualifying Examination Procedures - updated Fall 2015
    The qualifying examination is designed to assess students' understanding of core concepts and preparedness to pursue advanced study related to a dissertation topic. The qualifying examination is administered to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to demonstrate their level of knowledge in a selected field of study and to synthesize that knowledge into a professionally written paper. Questions are designed around students' core coursework. However, the committee members have discretion in how they choose to assess students' knowledge and preparedness. Qualifying exams may be taken upon completion of minimum program requirements and advisor approval.