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Elementary Education

*Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction


Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Instructions: Residential/On Campus 
Specializations: Elementary Education PK-6, Reading/Literacy, and/or Teacher Education 

Program Overview

Powerful teaching results from the interplay of in-depth knowledge of, inquiry into, and reflection upon: (a) children and child development, (b) teaching and learning processes in general and in specific content areas, and (c) the children themselves and the contexts of their lives at home and at school. The Elementary Education Program is designed to support the development of a strong knowledge base across all of these areas. 


Why choose this program?

  • We engage teacher candidates in the examination of a variety of instructional approaches based on sound theoretical and research-based underpinnings; provide teacher candidates with experiences that are active, interactive, and/or collaborative.
  • In addition, there are a variety of opportunities to reflect upon, respond to, synthesize, and apply information; involve teacher candidates in an ongoing inquiry about children, teaching, and learning. Inquiry experiences are particularly focused on the development of teachers who possess the knowledge and courage to examine the complexities of classroom life and make sound choices that will support children's development and learning.

What You'll Study

The Elementary Education faculty offer doctoral degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction. These Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs can include emphasis/specialization in: (a) Elementary Education PK-6, (b) Reading/Literacy, and/or (c) Teacher Education. Students are prepared for teaching and research positions in academic environments such as colleges, universities and school districts. The Literacy and Elementary Education Doctoral Programs provide a context for graduate education that is rigorous, collegial, and cooperative.

Elementary Education Program faculty and staff strive to identify and recruit talented and knowledgeable elementary teacher candidates, especially from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.The Elementary Education program provides students with a variety of field experiences and other simulations that allow them to develop and practice teaching skills, particularly focusing on practices that support learning for diverse elementary students.

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 


To be considered for the Elementary Education doctoral program, a student must:

  • Possess a master's degree
  • Qualify for admission to the Graduate School
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or above in graduate work
  • Have completed 3 or more years of K-12 teaching

Visit this page for information on how to apply, including requirements, deadlines, and application fee.

A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Check yes. Please note that Indicating that you wish to be considered for an assistantship does not mean that you will be offered one, only that you wish to be considered for one, if available.

Learn more about other available funding oppurtunties



Domestic Application
Spring: January 5
Summer I: May 1
Summer II: June 1
Fall: August 1

International Application
Spring: September 1
Summer I: January 5
Summer II: February 1
Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission with Graduate Assistantships consideration for Fall: February 1

Donna Fogelsong

Elementary Program Area Leader
Assistant Professor of Practice, Elementary Education
Public Safety Building,
Suite 201 Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 232-8466


Donna Fogelsong

Elementary Program Area Leader
Assistant Professor of Practice, Elementary Education
Public Safety Building,
Suite 201 Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 232-8466

Faculty Experts in Elementary Education