Social Studies Education

PhD in Teaching and Learning, Focus on History, Social Studies, and Global Education

Pursue scholarship that impacts education, research, and policy around the world. In this PhD program 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.

How you'll learn

New York City as Your Research Setting
Based in one of the most diverse urban settings in the world, NYU 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.

Learn more about our doctoral degree requirements.

Learn more about our faculty:
Robert Cohen
James Fraser
Joan Malczewski
Diana Turk

Prepare for a career as a
  • University researcher
  • Teacher educator
  • Social studies specialist in governmental and non-profit educational organizations
How to apply

See application requirements and deadlines for the PhD program in Teaching and Learning. Please indicate your specific interest in history, social studies, and global education on your application.

We offer a competitive funding program for full-time PhD students that supports tuition and living expenses. See more information about the funding program or visit the Financial Aid website.

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