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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 program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.

For more specific requirements, please visit the  Online Graduate Catalog.

All applicants must submit the following material for evaluation:

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

Graduate School Application:Yes

Test Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination

Resume:Professional Résumé or Curriculum Vitae demonstrating experience in a work environment where education was the primary professional emphasis

Letters of Recommendation:Three letters of recommendation are required 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.

Statement of Purpose:Yes, a written personal statement/essaywhich 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

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.

International Applicants:

  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.

Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.

Interview: 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.

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Molly Miller

Email Address:

Telephone: (210) 458-7443

Graduate Advisor of Record: Iliana Alanis, Ph.D.

Email Address:

Telephone:(210) 458-5422

Degree Catalog Link:

Degree Website:

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.