Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, Ph.D.
The PhD in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences prepares scholar leaders who deeply understand both their content areas and research methodologies. Our graduates are ready to engage in research that addresses current challenges in K-12 education and participate in cross-disciplinary inquiry that deals with real problems in teaching and learning in forward-looking ways. Our students work in one of five program areas of study: Educational Psychology; Elementary Learning Sciences; Learning, Design, and Technology; Literacy and English Language Arts Education; Social Studies Education.
Doctoral Program Areas of Study
The Educational Psychology Program Area of Study (PAS) allows students to examine and evaluate psychological principles in a variety of education settings across the lifespan. Specifically, we focus on psychological principles that encompass: (1) cognition/metacognition; (2) motivation and self-regulation; and (3) human development, identity and social processes.
Elementary Learning Sciences
The Elementary Learning Sciences Ph.D. program aims to produce the next generation of learning scientists. Students graduate with a commitment to improving opportunities to learn in the lives of elementary aged children by researching, designing and enhancing the learning environments in which they interact.
Learning, Design, and Technology
Learning, Design, and Technology serves doctoral students interested in researching how learners acquire disciplinary or professional knowledge in varied settings (traditional classroom, online, informal, workplace) as mediated by: 1) intentional designs in technology-enhanced learning environments (e.g., game-based, virtual/augmented, mobile, social, online/open); 2) innovative curricula and instructional methods (e.g., teaching with primary sources and social media); and/or 3) innovative educational policy (e.g., common core standards, educational cloud computing).
Literacy & English Language Arts Education
The Literacy and English Language Arts Education doctorate is designed for individuals with interests in literacy, reading, new literacies and English education research, scholarship and teacher preparation. The program primarily prepares students for roles as teacher educators and researchers in higher education or in instructional leadership roles at school district and state levels or education-related private industry. Individuals seeking admission to this program should have a strong background in this concentration and a desire to conduct original research in these fields.
The Social Studies Education Program Area of Study (PAS) continues a proud tradition at North Carolina State University of preparing social studies teacher educators and educational researchers who are ready to lead. Our candidates develop a deep understanding of foundational as well as contemporary social studies scholarship. Graduates are prepared to conduct educational research, support the preparation of preservice social studies teachers, provide professional development to experienced teachers, and contribute to the knowledge base of the field of the social studies.