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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 Prerequisites
Admission to the Ph.D. program is limited, and therefore, competitive. Meeting recommended criteria does not ensure admission. Admission to the doctoral degree program occurs once per year in the Fall Semester. The following factors for admission into the doctoral program will be considered by the ILT Doctoral Program Committee:
- A master’s degree with a minimum of 33 semester credit hours (with thesis) or 36 semester credit hours (without thesis) in an education field, such as early childhood and elementary education, special education, curriculum, instructional technology, literacy education, or in an academic discipline, such as history, mathematics, the sciences, humanities, or fine arts
- An official master’s degree transcript documenting a grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher
- For applicants whose native language is not English, the submission of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of no less than 550 on the paper-based test (PBT), 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT), or 6.5 on the IELTS. See general UTSA graduate admission guidelines in Chapter 1 of this catalog for further details
- Three letters of recommendation from faculty, supervisors or professional affiliations attesting to the student’s academic and professional attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree
- A written statement of purpose which includes: (a) reason(s) for pursuing a doctorate in ILT; (b) a biographical overview of experiences related to education; (c) professional goals; and (d) scholarly and/or research interests
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores not older than five years
- A professional curriculum vitae demonstrating experience in a work environment where education was the primary professional emphasis
- Agreement to participate in an interview, if so invited
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.
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.