Campus: Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Students learn to become critically and creatively reflective regarding the  foundations of schooling and education.

Funding through Assistantships
69 hours of post master's credits for the Ph.D
100% faculty commitment
Intensive Research Opportunities
Our Foundations of Education program

Educational foundations is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to build their own program of studies that draws on the expertise found in the program. Students in the Foundations of Education acquire not only theory and research skills, but also tools that enable critique and creative responses to the social, cultural, political, and economic issues that surround the cultural reproduction of schooling.

Why Study Counselor Education Here?

We emphasize the research and theories related to learning and motivation, as well as how to apply the research and theories to practice. The program is fairly small, which allows for greater interaction between doctoral students and faculty.

Faculty Research Interests

- Philosophy of Education

- John Dewey

- American Pragmatism


- Citizenship

- Diversity

- Gender

- Immigration And Education

- Race-ethnicity


- Autoethnography

- Critical autoethnography

- Critical pedagogy

- Narrative

- Poetry





Gifted Education Place-based Pedagogy

Rural Education


Foundations of Education Research Highlights

Joacim Andersson & Jim Garrison (2016). Embodying Meaning: Qualities, Feelings, Selective Attention, and Habits. Quest.

Fleury, Stephen and Garrison, Jim (2014) Toward a New Philosophical Anthropology of Education: Fuller Considerations of Social Constructivism. Interchange. Volume 45, Issue 1, pp. 19-41

Garrison, Jim, Östman, Leif and Hâkansson, Michael (2015). The creative use of companion values in environmental education and education for sustainable development: exploring the educative moment. Enviornmental Education Research, 183-204.

Garrison, Jim (2013) Dewey Lecture: Making Meaning Together Beyond Theory and Practice. Education and Culture, Vol. 29, no. 2, 5-23.

Tilley-Lubbs, G. A. (2014). La autoetnografía crítica y el Self vulnerable como investigadora. Astrolabio, Nueva Época, 14.

McCloud, J., Tilley-Lubbs, G. A., Chang, R., Popova, D., & Smart-Smith, P., Farmer, S., Meyer, F. (2015). Curricular change: At the vortex. Creative Approaches to Research, 8(1).

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Foundations of Education (Ph.D.) should contact Dr. Jim Garrison, by email at

Visit our office at 400B War Memorial Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

Spring: January 1

Summer: May 1

*Fall:  August 1

International Application

Spring: September 1

Summer: January 1

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15.



Jim Garrison
Program Leader
400B War Memorial Hall (0313)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8343

Lisa Sheppard
War Memorial Hall, Rm 225D
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

School of Education

226 War Memorial Hall (0313)

370 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061