This is the first version of the 2020-21 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Students admitted to doctoral programs must complete the program's research requirements.

Required Core Courses

All Ph.D. students in the Department of Teaching and Learning must complete one or both of the following core courses, depending upon program requirements.

EDTL:7004Schooling in the United States3
EDTL:7033Seminar on Teacher Education3

Cognate Areas

The following list of cognates offered by program areas in the department is not exhaustive; students may select cognates from this list, or they may customize their own cognate areas in consultation with their advisors.

Multilingual Education

This course:
EDTL:6483Multilingual Education and Applied Linguistics3
Two of these, chosen in consultation with faculty:
EDTL:6400Fundamentals of Second Language Assessment3
EDTL:6402Second Language Program Management3
EDTL:6403Language Policy and Planning3
EDTL:6409Cultural Curriculum3
EDTL:6480Issues in Foreign Language Education3
EDTL:6484Reading in a Second Language3
EDTL:6497Principles of Course Design for Second Language Instruction3

Gifted Education

Administrative Strand

Two of these, chosen in consultation with faculty:
EPLS:4110Administration and Policy in Gifted Education2
EPLS:4111Evaluation of Gifted Programs1
EPLS:4113Staff Development for Gifted Programs1

Programming Strand

Both of these:
EDTL:4066Curriculum Concepts in Gifted Education3
EDTL:4199Program Models in Gifted Education3

Psychology Strand

Two of these, chosen in consultation with faculty:
RCE:4120Psychology of Giftedness3
RCE:4121Identification of Students for Gifted Programs3
RCE:4137Introduction to Educating Gifted Students3
RCE:5226Assessment of Giftedness3
RCE:5237Seminar in Gifted Education3

Language, Literacy, and Culture

Both of these:
EDTL:7015Ph.D. Seminar in Language, Literacy, and Culture (when topic is introduction to language, literary, and culture)arr.
EDTL:7015Ph.D. Seminar in Language, Literacy, and Culture (topic chosen in consultation with advisor)arr.

General Emphasis

This course:
EDTL:7008Seminar: Research and Current Issues (topic chosen in consultation with advisor)arr.

Elementary Emphasis

One of these:
EDTL:6104Literature for Children II3
EDTL:6164Early Literacy Development and Instruction2-3
EDTL:6165Reading and Writing Across Intermediate Grades3

Secondary Emphasis

One of these:
EDTL:3393Reading and Teaching Adolescent Literature3
EDTL:6315M.A. Seminar: English Educationarr.

Mathematics Education

Both of these:
EDTL:5535Current Issues in Mathematics Education1-3
EDTL:7535Seminar: Research in Mathematics Educationarr.
Two of these:
EDTL:6531Technology in School Mathematics2-3
EDTL:6534Foundations of Mathematics Education2-3
EDTL:6536Teaching of Geometry2-3
EDTL:6539Teaching of Algebra2-3

Science Education

All of these:
EDTL:6757Learning in the Science Classroom2-3
EDTL:6759Advanced Pedagogy3

Special Education

All of these:
EDTL:7945Current Issues and Trends in Learning Disabilities3
EDTL:7948Contemporary Research in Behavioral Disorders3
EDTL:7953Seminar: Single Subject Design Research3

The Doctor of Philosophy in teaching and learning with a literacy, culture, and language education (LCLE) subprogram requires a minimum of 73 s.h. of graduate credit. All students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 while enrolled in the program. Students may be able to use some coursework completed for their master's degree toward the Ph.D.; most courses for the Ph.D. should be numbered 5000 or above.

This interdisciplinary program brings together scholarly traditions and contemporary theory in multilingual education and applied linguistics, literacy and cultural studies, and social studies education. The program provides students with the necessary content area knowledge and research skills for independent research, program administration, and varied leadership positions in LCLE education. In consultation with their advisor, students create a program of study that fits their interests and professional aspirations.

The Ph.D. in teaching and learning with a literacy, culture, and language education subprogram requires the following coursework. 

Required Courses

This course:
EDTL:6015Ph.D. Seminar: Literacy, Culture, and Language Education3
One of these:
EDTL:7004Schooling in the United States3
EDTL:7033Seminar on Teacher Education3
This course:
EDTL:7093Research Project3

Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Foundations

Students choose a disciplinary area in literacy education, multilingual education, or social studies education for their three foundational courses. They then select one or both of the other areas for their interdisciplinary foundation coursework.

All of these:
At least three courses in a chosen area of concentration9
At least two courses in other areas of concentration6

Research Methods

Both of these:
EDTL:7070Qualitative Research Methods in Teaching and Learning3
A LCLE research methods course (consult advisor)3
One of these:
PSQF:6242Selected Applications of Statistics3
PSQF:6243Intermediate Statistical Methods (for students who utilize quantitative methods in their dissertation)4
And:
Two additional advanced research methods courses in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods in consultation with their advisor6

Electives

Students choose 24 s.h. of elective coursework in consultation with their advisor. Courses may be taken in any department and can be partially or completely unified as a cognate area of study.

Comprehensive Examination

Upon completion of their coursework, students take their comprehensive exam. This is an opportunity for students to show a comprehensive understanding of the scholarship in the field. Successful completion of the exam identifies candidates who are ready for dissertation work.

Dissertation

After students pass their comprehensive exam, they consult with their advisor to choose a dissertation committee with at least five faculty members who approve the dissertation proposal. After a successful defense of their dissertation, students conduct dissertation research in the following course.

EDTL:7493Ph.D. Thesis10

Admission

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. They must have earned a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate g.p.a. of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and earned a master's degree or have completed significant graduate coursework. It is recommended applicants have at least two years of teaching experience in a related field within or outside of the United States.

Application materials should include a statement of purpose, official transcripts from all institutions attended, a sample of academic writing, three current letters of recommendation, and the official report of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores. International applicants whose first language is not English, and do not meet the waiver requirements, must submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

The Doctor of Philosophy in teaching and learning with a mathematics education subprogram requires a minimum of 80-90 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must have a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.00 or higher in all graduate work in mathematics, all University of Iowa graduate work in mathematics, all graduate work, and all University of Iowa graduate work.

The program prepares supervisors, teacher education personnel, community college personnel, and researchers in mathematics education. It is administered by the College of Education. Students must update graduate coursework completed more than 10 years before admission to the program.

The Ph.D. program in teaching and learning with a mathematics education subprogram requires the following coursework.

Required Courses

Students must complete EALL:5150 Introduction to Educational Research during the first year of their Ph.D. program. They also must complete an additional minimum of 15 s.h. in qualitative and quantitative coursework, with at least 9 s.h. from one area (qualitative or quantitative) and at least 6 s.h. from the other. Students select from courses listed under Ph.D. Research Requirements on the College of Education website.

Core Course

One of these:
EDTL:7004Schooling in the United States3
EDTL:7033Seminar on Teacher Education3

In addition, students must complete an approved cognate area; see "Additional Requirements" below.

Students must complete a minimum of 24 s.h. of graduate work in the Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics and Actuarial Science, as approved by their advisor. Electives are encouraged in the pure mathematics and applied mathematics sequences.

Students who completed their mathematics requirement at another institution must complete at least 6 s.h. of additional coursework in mathematics at the University of Iowa, chosen with advisor approval. They also must complete at least six courses in mathematics education, including EDTL:5535 Current Issues in Mathematics Education and EDTL:7535 Seminar: Research in Mathematics Education.

Additional Requirements

Students concentrate in two additional comprehensive examination areas in either the mathematical sciences or education. A minimum of three courses usually are required for a comprehensive examination area, but candidates should consult with faculty members in the areas selected to determine which courses they should take in order to adequately prepare for the examinations.

Students must complete a total of at least 36 s.h. in College of Education courses; this includes the coursework listed above. They must complete an approved cognate area; a partial list of potential cognate areas is available from the mathematics education program.

Comprehensive Examination

Students take three written comprehensive examinations, one in mathematics education and two in other fields of education or mathematics; an oral examination follows the written examinations.

Dissertation

Candidates complete a dissertation on a research problem in mathematics education. A prospectus of the proposed research must be presented to the dissertation committee before candidates undertake the study. Upon completion of the dissertation, candidates defend the dissertation in an oral examination. Students must earn dissertation credit in the following course.

EDTL:7493Ph.D. Thesis10

Admission

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. They must have an undergraduate major in mathematics or the equivalent, a current teaching license/certificate, and at least two years of teaching experience are strongly preferred. A faculty review committee makes admission decisions.

The Doctor of Philosophy in teaching and learning with a science education subprogram requires a minimum of 85 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 while enrolled in the program.

The program is designed for individuals who aspire to positions as college and university science educators; major supervisors in national, state, and local systems; teachers in small liberal arts colleges; instructors of general education science courses at major universities; research directors in science education; and professionals in medical and/or allied health education.

The Ph.D. in teaching and learning with a science education subprogram requires the following coursework.

Required Courses

Students in science education must complete a minimum of 15 s.h. in qualitative and quantitative coursework, with at least 9 s.h. from one area (qualitative or quantitative) and at least 6 s.h. from the other. Students select from courses listed under Ph.D. Research Requirements on the College of Education website. Course selections must be consistent with other requirements for the degree.

Core Courses

All doctoral students in science education must complete one or both of the following core courses. Students may not substitute other courses for these.

EDTL:7004Schooling in the United States3
EDTL:7033Seminar on Teacher Education3

In addition, all doctoral students in the Department of Teaching and Learning must complete an approved cognate area; see "Cognate Areas" under Ph.D. Required Research Courses in this section of the Catalog.

Science Education

All of these (15 s.h.):
EDTL:6757Learning in the Science Classroom3
EDTL:6758Writing in the Science Classroom3
EDTL:6759Advanced Pedagogy3
Graduate-level science education courses chosen in consultation with advisor6

Education

Three courses chosen in consultation with advisor9

Research in Science Education

Both of these (21 s.h.):
EDTL:7750Seminar: Science Education (taken three times for 1 s.h. each)3
EDTL:7755Independent Study in Science Education Research (taken six times for 3 s.h. each)18

Science Area

Students complete a family of courses (total of 12 s.h.) in a major science area.

Dissertation

Students earn 10 s.h. of thesis credit in EDTL:7493 Ph.D. Thesis.

Admission

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. They should have completed a bachelor's degree in a science area (or combination of science areas), in science education, or in elementary education with a science emphasis; have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 on undergraduate and graduate work; and have a combined score of at least 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation; a statement of purpose describing their reasons for pursuing graduate work and their goals for graduate study; and an example of their academic writing.

The Doctor of Philosophy in teaching and learning with a special education subprogram requires a minimum of 90 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 while enrolled in the program.

The program prepares students for teaching and research positions in higher education, and for curriculum, supervisory, and research positions in state and local education agencies. The program permits students to study and practice extensively in their special education interest area and in an interest area outside of special education.

The Ph.D. curriculum includes an emphasis on research skills, all facets of special education, an approved cognate area, and at least one specialization area.

Required Courses

This course:
EALL:5150Introduction to Educational Research3

Quantitative Research Requirements

Both of these:
PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
PSQF:6243Intermediate Statistical Methods4
Two of these:
EPLS:6206Research Process and Design3
PSQF:6220Quantitative Educational Research Methodologies3
PSQF:6244Correlation and Regression4
PSQF:6246Design of Experiments4
PSQF:6247Nonparametric Statistical Methods3
PSQF:6249Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Models3
PSQF:6252Introduction to Multivariate Statistical Methods3

Qualitative Research Requirements

This course:
EDTL:7953Seminar: Single Subject Design Research3
One of these:
EDTL:7410Mixed Methods Research3
EPLS:7373Qualitative Research Design and Methods3

Core Course

One of these:
EDTL:7004Schooling in the United States3
EDTL:7033Seminar on Teacher Education3

Proseminar Courses

All of these:
EDTL:7943Proseminar: Issues, Trends, and Research in Special Education3
EDTL:7944Proseminar: Issues, Trends, and Research in Special Education II3
EPLS:6236Administration of Students with Special Needs3

Seminar Requirements

Both of these:
EDTL:7945Current Issues and Trends in Learning Disabilities (Both of these:)3
EDTL:7948Contemporary Research in Behavioral Disorders3

Practicum Requirement

One of these (3 s.h.):
EDTL:7380Practicum in College Teachingarr.
EDTL:7092Field Service Projectarr.

Cognate

Students also must complete a cognate in a discipline outside of special education (minimum of 9 s.h.).

Comprehensive Examination and Dissertation

In addition, students are required to write the comprehensive examination and complete a doctoral dissertation, earning a minimum of 10 s.h. in the following course.

EDTL:7493Ph.D. Thesis10

Admission

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. They must have a master's degree or equivalent in special education; those without an M.A. thesis must have completed an equivalent project. Applicants should have a graduate g.p.a. of at least 3.50 and a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 300 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. Applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants should have at least one year of full-time teaching experience with exceptional children; several years are preferred.

Application materials must include a completed Graduate College application form, copies of official transcripts for all college coursework, an official report of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores, three current letters of recommendation, and evidence of experience and/or teacher licensure/certification. An interview may be requested.

Final admission decisions are made by the special education graduate admissions committee.