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More TLPL Faculty Information

Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)   

Program Title and Classification

Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

Graduate Degree Program

College: Education


The newly approved TLPL Ph.D. program is a reorganization of current, on-campus doctoral programs of study into six related specializations 1) Education Policy and Leadership, 2) Language, Literacy and Social Inquiry, 3) Mathematics and Science Education, 4) Minority and Urban Education, 5) Teacher Education and Professional Development, and 6) Technology, Learning and Leadership.

These specializations prepare doctoral students to assume a variety of roles, including scholars, researchers, policy analysts, teacher educators, instructional specialists, curriculum developers, teachers, education leaders and advocates. The revision and consolidation of previous areas of study provides students with new opportunities for interdisciplinary study that emphasize scholarship in critical areas of education research, including teacher preparation, STEM fields of education, literacy and language acquisition, education policy and leadership. For more details about this program please visit .

This section includes information about the Ph.D. program sponsored by the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL). For information about our master’s programs please see information under Education: Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) and/or Education: Education Policy Studies (EDPS) in the graduate catalog.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample

Applications for the Ph.D. program are accepted for the Fall only.

To be recommended for full admission to the TLPL Ph.D. program, a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required. A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 is required for applicants who have completed a graduate program. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of applicants and scores should be at the 50th percentile or higher. Because graduate programs are highly competitive, successful applicants often score considerably higher. Students who do not meet one of these requirements, but show other evidence of outstanding potential, may be considered for provisional admission. Admission of qualified applicants is based on their competitive ranking to limit enrollments to available faculty resources. See the description of the TLPL programs and admissions overview on the TLPL website for more detailed information:

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: 

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits beyond the master's degree. Coursework is outlined as follows: 

• Integrative Departmental Core (6 credits): EDPS 788P and EDPS 788T

• Intermediate & Advanced Methods (12 credits): Must include one qualitative methods course and one quantitative methods course

• Specialization (30 credits): Complete coursework in one of the following specializations - Education Policy & Leadership; Language, Literacy & Social Inquiry; Mathematics & Science Education; Minority & Urban Education; Teacher Education & Professional Development; Technology, Learning & Leadership

• Dissertation Research (12 credits): EDPS 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research


The Ph.D. degree requires a planned sequence of 60 credits beyond a master's degree OR 90 credits beyond a bachelor's degree. In addition to major and elective courses, this includes 6 credits of integrative departmental core, a minimum of 12 credits in intermediate and advanced research methods, 30 credits within the student's specialization and 12 credits of dissertation research. After students have completed most of their course work, the equivalent of 12 hours of comprehensive examination is required prior to advancing to candidacy and approval of the doctoral dissertation committee. The comprehensive exam may take a variety of forms, such as take-home conceptual essays, literature reviews, or research papers. The Doctoral program integrates theory, research, and practice, and students are expected to demonstrate high standards of scholarship and the ability to engage in independent research. Your faculty advisor will help you develop a program of study that will help you fulfill your degree requirements, both coursework and examinations, that is consistent with Departmental and University guidelines. An oral examination in defense of the dissertation is required. It is strongly recommended that prospective doctoral applicants speak with program coordinators and faculty, and visit the Department and classes, to help determine if the Department's programs are appropriate to their academic interests and professional goals.


Facilities and Special Resources

Faculty and students in the department work closely with area schools, colleges, universities, associations and other education-related organizations. Extensive resources in the Washington, D.C., area, including embassies and other international organizations, provide exceptional opportunities for internships and field experiences, research, and materials to enhance formal course experiences. Facilities that support graduate study include the Center for Mathematics Education, the Center for Science and Technology in Education, the Multicultural Research Center, and the Maryland Equity Project. Additional facilities in the College of Education include the Educational Technology Services Center and numerous Professional Development Schools in local schools districts.

Financial Assistance

The Department offers a limited number of graduate assistantships to newly admitted, full-time Ph.D. students each year. In addition to a possible graduate assistantship, TLPL is able to award a very limited number of Graduate School fellowships each year. These fellowships are awarded only to full-time graduate students and may provide tuition support and/or additional living stipends. All Ph.D. applicants who are offered full-time admissions will be considered for an assistantship and fellowship. 

Contact Statement

For additional information please visit our prospective students webpage or email us at



Joy Jones, Coordinator for TLPL Graduate Admissions and Student Services

Room 2311A Benjamin Building

College Park, MD, 20742

Telephone: (301)405-3118

Fax: (301)314-9055


Associated Information


Education Policy; Leadership; Language; Literacy; Social Inquiry; Mathematics Education; Science Education; STEM; Minority and Urban Education; Teacher Education; Professional Development; Technology, Learning and Leadership; Curriculum and Instruction, Applied Linguistics; Curriculum Theory and Development; Socio-cultural Foundations of Education