PhD in History of Education

We are suspending applications for Fall 2019 admission while the faculty are conducting a review of the program. Please check back for information on Fall 2020 admissions at a later time.  

Study in the history of education is designed to prepare people for careers in teaching and administration at both the high school and postsecondary levels, in policy analysis, or in the management of nonprofit organizations, especially philanthropic foundations.

As a student in the History of Education PhD program, you will work closely with your advisers to plan a program that suits your interests and aspirations. You may focus your studies on the history of schools and colleges or other institutions of education, including the family, the press, and political or social movements. Often, you will be able to link the history of education to current issues of public policy.

Coursework usually includes studies in philosophy as well as in the history of education; much of it is done in the form of supervised independent study. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses throughout the University and to take advantage of New York City's abundant cultural resources.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to analyze and critique past and present theories about the function of the school and the role of the teacher in the educative process.
  • Students will be able to use historical data and argument to cast light on contemporary educational issues.
  • Students will be able to produce an original research paper that uses primary and secondary sources to explore a dimension of educational history.

For more information, please contact:

Maria Ramirez, Student Adviser