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History, Social Studies, and Global Education

PhD in Teaching and Learning Concentration

What You'll Learn

Pursue scholarship that impacts education, research, and policy around the world. In this concentration in the PhD in Teaching and Learning, you can focus your studies on history, social studies, and global education. You will advance your knowledge and work with faculty members to conduct research and develop curricula that promote civic engagement. You’ll be prepared for a career as an innovative educational leader.

Your Academic Experience

New York City as Your Research Setting

Based in one of the most diverse urban settings in the world, NYU Steinhardt is an ideal location to conduct educational research. We partner with schools across New York City to provide opportunities for fieldwork, giving you a wide range of potential sites for conducting research. 

Small Classes and Doctoral Seminars

Courses in this program prepare you to conduct independent research in your area of interest. You'll design research proposals, implement a research agenda, and disseminate findings. You will also attend doctoral seminars that foster deep conversations on relevant texts and issues in the field. 

Work Closely with Our Renowned Faculty

Our faculty members are leading efforts in educational reform and conducting research on issues like the history of social protest and the relationship of public schooling to social, political, and economic contexts. With the guidance of your faculty mentor, you will research and prepare a doctoral dissertation.

Careers and Outcomes

You'll be prepared for a rewarding career as a:

  • University researcher
  • Teacher educator
  • Social studies specialist in governmental and nonprofit educational organizations


Robert Cohen

Professor of Social Studies Education

James Fraser

Professor of History and Education, Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities

Diana Turk

Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning and Director of Teacher Education