Doctoral Degree

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description:

This program is designed to prepare students to be leading professionals in the field of educational instruction development and presentation. Students will receive training designed to prepare them to examine and research the interdisciplinary issues and perspectives of learning, teaching, and curricular development associated with education for culturally and economically diverse populations.

Why pursue a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching?

  • The opportunity to gain an interdisciplinary perspective to complex educational questions. An interdisciplinary perspective focuses on varied approaches to teaching and learning from within and across various disciplines. How teaching and learning is addressed within disciplines, how they may intersect with one another, and how each discipline maintains its uniqueness while sharing commonalities with other disciplines serves as the foundation of the program.
  • The doctoral program draws on theory and research addressing the interdisciplinary nature of content, knowledge, processes, learning theory, teaching effectiveness, multicultural education, assessment, and the delivery of interdisciplinary instruction with and through technology-based processes and systems.
  • The opportunity to study and to conduct research with professors from a variety of disciplines.  

Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

Admission requirements and pre-requisites: For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Test Scores:  General GRE required

Resume or CV: Professional vitae demonstrating experience in a work environment where education was the primary professional emphasis.

Letters of Recommendation: 3 L/R Required attesting to the student's academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.

Statement of Purpose: Yes; A sample of academic writing in the form of an essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching.

Other Degree Requirements: A master's degree transcript documenting a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Interview: Applicants will be required to participate in an interview, if they are invited to do so.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Full-Time or Part-Time Attendance Requirement: Full-Time or Part-Time

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Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Erin Doran, M.A.
Email Address: Erin.Doran@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-7443

Contact the Graduate School: Contact now for more information.

Degree Catalog Link: http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COEHD/iltdept.html#phdilt

Degree Website: http://coehd.utsa.edu/prospective_students/doctoral/

Career Options Available for an Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (Ph.D.) Graduate:

  • The career options for the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Ph.D. include university and community college faculty members, public school teacher/leaders, and adult education and human resource development educators who address interdisciplinary issues and perspectives of learning and teaching in varied socio-cultural contexts.
  • This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus.

Course Scheduling and Offerings:

  • Courses are offered at night once a week for three hours (6 PM to 8:45 PM) Monday-Thursday in the fall or spring. Or, during the day two hours a day Monday through Friday in the four-week summer sessions. In addition, some courses are available at night meeting Monday through Friday for three weeks in the Maymester.
  • This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus.

Research taking place in the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (Ph.D.) program:

  • Interdisciplinary research weaves together different perspectives in order to generate new insights related to interdisciplinary learning and teaching. The doctoral program draws on theory and research addressing the interdisciplinary nature of content, knowledge, processes, learning theory, teaching effectiveness, multicultural education, assessment, and the delivery of interdisciplinary instruction with and through technology-based processes and systems.

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