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Education: PhD, EdD

Specialization(s): Curriculum and Instruction
Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership
College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services


The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, which houses the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, ranks in the top 2% of all graduate colleges of education. The college was also ranked third in the nation in total research dollars received, according to "America's Best Graduate Schools" U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Teacher Education and Leadership administers an interdepartmental program leading to a doctoral degree in education with a required specialization in curriculum and instruction. These degrees are designed for educators who wish to prepare to become curriculum specialists, coordinators, or supervisors in public or private school systems or state departments of public instruction, and for those preparing to work as faculty members at the college or university level, generally in a teacher preparation area.

The PhD prepares candidates for academic careers in institutions that demand research expertise and an understanding of the theoretical foundations of a specific field. The EdD program prepares candidates to serve as curriculum and instruction leaders in public or private educational institutions and to teach in education and education-related programs in colleges and universities. These degrees are also the only distance-delivered doctoral degrees in the state.

Students must choose an area in which to focus their research. These areas are:

  • Technology Education
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Mathematics Education and Leadership
  • Literacy Education and Leadership
  • Career and Technical Education


Students must choose a specialization.

  • Curriculum and Instruction:

  • PhD - Logan Campus , Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cedar City, Cortez, Delta, Ephraim, Grantsville, Heber City, Ignacio, Junction, Kanab, Kaysville, Milford, Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Orem, Panguitch, Price, Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), St George, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover
  • EdD - Logan Campus

The EdD program prepares candidates to serve as curriculum and instruction leaders in public or private educational institutions and to teach in education and education-related programs in colleges and universities.

Graduates with the PhD generally pursue careers in academia.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree and two years of teaching experience. Generally, applicants have master’s degrees in education-related fields, but the department will accept those with degrees in other fields in certain circumstances if applicants have teaching experience.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher during most recent 60 semester hours
  • Provide curriculum vita or resume
  • Provide letter of intent
  • Provide transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Admissions Deadlines

The department has the following deadlines:

  • February 1 for Fall admittance
  • February 1 of even-numbered years for Fall admittance into the Distance Doctoral program

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships, both teaching and research, may be available for full-time graduate students. Qualifying students may receive doctoral and nonresident tuition awards, may be eligible for subsidized health insurance at only a small cost to the student, and receive a nationally competitive stipend.

A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, and travel support.

James Barta, PhD, University of Oregon
Associate Dept. Head, Regional Campus and Distance Education
Area: Early childhood, mathematics
Office: USU Salt Lake education center
Phone: (801) 646-5570

Amy Bingham Brown, EdD, Florida Atlantic University
Assistant Professor
Area: Elementary mathematics
Office: USU Tooele campus
Phone: (813) 765-1842

Deborah Byrnes, PhD, Arizona State University
Area: Social studies education
Office: EDUC 399
Phone: (435) 797-0372

Todd Campbell, PhD, University of Iowa
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Area: Science education
Office: EDUC 331
Phone: (435) 797-7038

Kay Camperell, PhD, University of Wisconsin
Associate Professor
Area: Literacy
Office: EDUC 337
Phone: (435) 797-2501

Sarah Clark, PhD, Utah State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Literacy
Office: EDUC 396
Phone: (435) 797-0370

Barbara DeBoer, PhD, Utah State University
Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: Early childhood education
Office: EDUC 397
Phone: (435) 797-0372

Martha Dever, EdD, University of Northern Colorado
Professor, Associate Dean
Area: Early childhood education
Office: EDUC 385
Phone: (435) 797-2225

James Dorward, PhD, University of Oregon
Professor/Associate Dean for Research, Math Education
Area: Mathematics
Office: EDUC 453
Phone: (435) 797-1471

Parker Fawson, EdD, Brigham Young University
Area: Literacy
Office: EBLS 235
Phone: (435) 797-0866

Laura Foley, EdD, Utah State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Literacy
Office: USU Uintah Basin campus
Phone: (435) 722-1765

Barry Franklin, PhD, University of Wisconsin
Area: Curriculum theory
Office: EDUC 340
Phone: (435) 797-1836

Michael Freeman, PhD, University of Wyoming
Associate Dean
Area: Educational leadership
Office: EDUC 114
Phone: (435) 797-1474

Scott Hunsaker, PhD, University of Virginia
Associate Professor
Area: Gifted and talented, foundations
Office: EDUC 386
Phone: (435) 797-0386

Francine Johnson, PhD, Stanford University
Associate Dean, Teacher Education
Area: Gifted and talented, supervision
Office: EDUC 101
Phone: (435) 797-2714

Cindy Jones, PhD, Utah State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Literacy
Office: EBLS 236
Phone: (435) 797-7027

Sherry Marx, PhD, University of Texas
Assistant Professor
Area: ESL, multicultural issues, qualitative methods
Office: EDUC 341
Phone: (435) 797-2227

Patricia Moyer-Packenham, PhD, University of North Carolina
Area: Mathematics
Office: EDUC 394
Phone: (435) 797-0394

Patricio Ortiz, PhD, University of Texas
Assistant Professor
Area: ESL, multicultural education
Office: EDUC 339
Phone: (435) 797-3946

Sylvia Read, PhD, Utah State University
Associate Professor and Associate Department Head
Area: Language arts
Office: EDUC 382
Phone: (435) 797-0382

Ray Reutzel, PhD, University of Wyoming
Emma Eccles Jones Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor
Area: Early childhood literacy
Office: EBLS 139 A
Phone: (435) 797-8631

Cinthya Saavedra, PhD, Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor
Area: Early childhood education, ESL
Office: EDUC 392
Phone: (435) 797-0392

Susan Turner, PhD, Brigham Young University
Assistant Professor
Area: Leadership
Office: EDUC 334
Phone: (435) 797-3947

Martha Whitaker, PhD, University of Utah
Associate Professor
Area: Foundations, supervision
Office: EDUC 384
Phone: (435) 797-0384

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American Education Research Association: AERA is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. The broad range of disciplines represented by the membership includes education, psychology, statistics, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science.

Labs, Centers, Research

Edith Bowen Laboratory School: EBLS is one of Utah’s charter schools, offering services to more than 300 students grades K-5. The school, in cooperation with Utah State University, trains more than 200 pre-service teachers preparing to become professional educators, as well as supporting several other departments/colleges on campus, including special education, physical education, music, psychology, and business. Because the school is funded through state funds and donations, no tuition is charged to students.

InTech Collegiate High School: InTech Collegiate High School is a public charter high school located on USU’s Innovation Campus. The school focuses on math, science, and engineering and seeks to provide academic opportunities to all students, particularly at-risk and minority students. InTech maintains its student body size below 300, and its average class size below 25.


Kathleen Mohr
Director of graduate program
Office: EDUC 385
Phone: (435) 797-3946

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