Urban Education

PhD in Teaching and Learning, Focus on Urban Education

In this PhD program in Teaching and Learning, you can focus your studies on urban education. Advance your knowledge, work with faculty members to conduct research, and prepare for a career as an innovative educational leader committed to scholarship and action in urban educational settings. You'll most likely be admitted if you have experience studying, working for, or advocating for change – in roles such as teacher, school leader, journalist, policymaker, or artist.

What you'll learn
  • Urban school reform at the level of practice or policy
  • The intersections of education and community or in-school and out-of-school learning
  • Current issues involving equity gaps, college access, and youth culture

Learn more about our doctoral degree requirements.

How you'll learn

New York City as Your Research Setting
NYU was founded in the early 19th century by advocates for a new kind of university, one built in the heart of the city and working on the problems of the city. Today, NYU Steinhardt affords its doctoral students an unparalleled opportunity to shape a scholarly career in this founding spirit. As a student in this doctoral proram, you'll have access to:

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
The work of our research faculty explores and illuminates urban experience through sociology, psychology, literacy studies, cultural studies, policy studies. As a doctoral student in this program, you will study with a wide number of Steinhardt and other NYU faculty. 

Learn more about the faculty members that provide the advisory core of the program:
Joseph McDonald
David Kirkland

How to apply

See application requirements and deadlines for the PhD program in Teaching and Learning. Please indicate your specific interest in urban education on your application.

See the Graduate Admissions Application Guide for instructions on how to apply online.

Fellowships, research assistant work, and other forms of funding are available. Please see Financial Aid.

For more information about this PhD program, please contact

David Kirkland