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Doctor of Philosophy
History of Education

Not Accepting Applications

To best meet the needs of our students, we have decided to suspend enrollment in the PhD in History of Education. We encourage you to explore Sociology of Education (PhD) or Teaching and Learning (PhD).

Study in the history of education is designed to prepare people for careers in teaching and administration, policy analysis, or the management of nonprofit organizations, especially philanthropic foundations. Our graduates often go on to secure in-demand teaching positions at colleges and universities.


Degree Details

Official Degree Title

PhD in History of Education

Full-time or Part-time

As a student in the History of Education PhD, you will work closely with your advisors to plan a program that suits your interests and aspirations. You may focus your studies on the history of schools and colleges or other institutions of education, including the family, the press, and political or social movements. Often, you will be able to link the history of education to current issues of public policy.

Course work usually includes studies in philosophy as well as in the history of education; much of it is done in the form of supervised independent study. We encourage you to enroll in courses throughout the University and to take advantage of New York City's abundant cultural resources.

Upon completing your doctorate, you will have the experience and knowledge to:

  • Analyze and critique past and present theories about the function of the school and the role of the teacher in the educative process.
  • Use historical data and argument to cast light on contemporary educational issues.
  • Produce an original research paper that uses primary and secondary sources to explore a dimension of educational history


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Tori Laubenstine at


James Fraser

Professor of History and Education, Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities (Spring 2021 Sabbatical)