Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences:
Program Area of Study in

Educational Equity

We’ve designed our Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences in this program area of study for individuals interested in serving and leading on issues related to educational equity. This program area of study prepares scholars to lead in providing improved educational access, opportunities and success for all children.

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Our Ph.D. in This Program Area of Study Addresses:


  • Educational equity and access
  • Multicultural education and literacy


  • Equity in STEM
  • Public engagement


  • Ethical/moral dimensions of school leadership
  • Diversity and equity in schools and communities

Program Details

Students in this program area of study engage in coursework, research studies and practical experiences that will prepare them to address the problems of those in the greatest need for educational opportunities. Students benefit from collaborating with program faculty who are nationally recognized scholars actively engaged in research related to equity and access.

The Graduate School outlines basic requirements for admission.

  • Current resumé
  • Personal statement detailing background and experiences with goals and commitment to doctoral studies. Include why you are interested in educational equity along with a description of previous work that has been undertaken in this realm. If relevant, please include a description of the faculty member with whom you hope to engage.
  • Three reference letters detailing relationship to applicant and discussing your work ethic/potential as a doctoral student.
  • 3.0 grade point average or higher at the master’s level
  • Completed application to the NC State Graduate School
  • Official GRE scores from within the last 5 years*

* Preferred scores are at or above the mean for doctoral students in the department within the curriculum and instruction program areas. However, GRE scores provide only one piece of information used by the admissions committee in making its recommendation.

The Educational Equity TELS Doctoral Program Area of Study requires the completion of 72 credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 60 new graduate hours required while enrolled in the PhD program.

Review the Estimated Cost of Attendance associated with this doctoral degree for the upcoming semester tuition and fees. Note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby

DeLeon Gray
Associate Professor

Michelle Falter
Assistant Professor

Micha Jeffries
Teaching Assistant Professor

Joanna Koch
Teaching Assistant Professor

Crystal Chen Lee
Assistant Professor

Patricia Marshall

Linda McCabe-Smith
Teaching Associate Professor

Jamie Pearson
Assistant Professor