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History and Social Science Education

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Program Overview

The School of Education at Virginia Tech offers a doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in History and Social Science Education. The doctoral program is made up of full time and part-time doctoral students. Every effort is made to secure graduate assistantships for full-time students as they complete their one-year academic residency requirement. Students are expected to complete doctoral examinations and dissertation including qualifying exam, preliminary exam, prospectus and final examination.

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Why choose this program?

  • The History and Social Science education program at Virginia Tech is designed to prepare reflective teachers who are ready, willing, and able to facilitate the type of systematic critical literacy work that is a vital part of preparing 21st century citizens to become thoughtful and nuanced readers of the word and the world, both past and present.
  • The History and Social Science education program has been recognized twice as a University Exemplary Department/program for working collaboratively with the Department of History to fulfill common or complementary goals (2008) and effectively integrating ePortfolios to improve student learning (2012).

What You'll Study

The doctoral program emphasizes the following strands of research pertaining to History and Social Science:

  • Comparative studies of history and social science education
  • Education of preservice and inservice teachers
  • How students learn history and social science
  • The role of multimedia and technology to support historical inquiry
  • Curriculum History
  • Citizenship Education

Students enrolled in the doctoral program must pass four exams as part of the degree requirements.

  • Qualifying Exam
  • Preliminary Exam
  • Prospectus
  • Final Examination

During the first semester, and no later than the second semester of enrollment, the student and advisor should develop a proposed Plan of Study to submit to the Graduate School. The Plan of Study for History and Social Science doctoral students must include the following minimum requirements:

  • Research: 18 hours
  • Dissertation: 30 hours
  • Foundations: 9 hours
  • Concentration: 12 hours
  • Cognate: 9 hours

Ph.D. program is primarily designed to prepare researchers and higher education faculty. The possible career paths could be but not limited to faculty positions in post-secondary education and for leadership positions in secondary education.

The History and Social Science education program at Virginia Tech is designed to prepare reflective teachers who are ready, willing, and able to facilitate the type of systematic critical literacy work that is a vital part of preparing 21st century citizens to become thoughtful and nuanced readers of the word and the world, both past and present.

  • Master’s degree with grade point average of 3.0 or above in graduate work is required.

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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 opportunities

Deadlines for early admissions:

  • September 20 for entry in the Spring and Summer
  • February 20 for entry in the Summer (if space permits) and fall (for the two-year program).

Note: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

David Hicks
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8332
hicks@vt.edu

Questions?

David Hicks
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8332
hicks@vt.edu

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Service Assistant
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5348
nanolen@vt.edu

Faculty Experts in History and Social Science Education