Earning an Elementary Education Ph.D. at Auburn means you’re prepared to work in a variety of settings. In our social constructivist-based program, you’ll increase your knowledge and skills for K-6 and non-school settings. You’ll conduct independent research and complete a degree-culminating dissertation.  Our students work with and are mentored by excellent faculty.

Ph.D. programs are not part of the Auburn University approved Educator Preparation Programs. The state of Alabama does not have certification/license at this level and therefore this degree is not eligible for reciprocity in other states.

Degree Overview

Coursework — 80 hours minimum

Exact programs of study are developed with your chair and faculty committee. Masters or other graduate work may count toward total degree hours, as approved by your committee.

  • Elementary education courses — 30 hours

  • Research courses — 18 hours

  • Other Advisor-approved courses — 32 hours

Research — 10 hours minimum

  • Work with major professor to choose research topic

  • Complete 10 hours of research and dissertation

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Visit Auburn’s Graduate School homepage for checklists, resources, valuable graduate student information and to begin your application. Please contact department faculty listed above with program-specific questions.

Last updated: 11/10/2023