Our Ph.D. program prepares graduates for faculty positions in post-secondary education and for leadership positions in secondary education.  Candidates may specialize in general social science education or history education.  Course work and close mentorship by program faculty provide graduates with a deep understanding of research literature and critical issues in the field, research methodologies, and research-based pedagogical practices. 

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 — 78 hours minimum

  • Social science/history education courses — 12 hours

  • Advisor-approved elective courses — 60 hours

  • Specific required research courses – 6 hours

  • Exact programs of study are developed with your chair and faculty committee

  • Masters or other graduate work may count toward total degree 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: 11/13/2023