Doctoral programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning aim to prepare students to assume a variety of leading roles in education, research, and policy across the United States and throughout the world. Built on the traditions and achievements of the oldest graduate school of pedagogy in the United States—founded in 1890—the department’s programs are designed to draw on four sources of learning:
- The first is the experience of professional practice that students bring to their studies. Students are encouraged to reflect on this practice and to use it to ground their study of theory and research.
- The second is a rich set of courses, seminars, and independent learning experiences available to doctoral students within the Department of Teaching and Learning; other departments in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; and other schools at New York University. The school is one of the most distinguished and diverse schools of education in the nation. The University is internationally renowned and the nation’s largest independent university, located in one of its most intellectually vibrant communities, Greenwich Village.
- The third is the mentorship available to doctoral students in teaching, research, and program development. The department is home to distinguished teacher preparation programs, to numerous projects serving the continuing professional education of teachers, and to an array of research projects.
- The fourth is an intellectually focused and interpersonally supportive community of professors, researchers, and peers. It is a community small, diverse, and focused enough to provide an incomparable degree of guidance and support to doctoral students. Under the direction of a faculty adviser, each student fashions a unique program of studies.