Social Science or History Education Ph.D.

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Our Ph.D. program prepares graduates for faculty positions in post-secondary education and for leadership positions in secondary education.  Candidates may specialize in general social science education or history education.  Course work and close mentorship by program faculty provide graduates with a deep understanding of research literature and critical issues in the field, research methodologies, and research-based pedagogical practices. 

Ph.D. programs are not part of the Auburn University approved Educator Preparation Programs. The state of Alabama does not have certification/license at this level and therefore this degree is not eligible for reciprocity in other states.


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Degree Overview

Coursework — 78 hours minimum

  • Social science/history education courses — 12 hours
  • Advisor-approved elective courses — 60 hours
  • Specific required research courses – 6 hours
  • Exact programs of study are developed with your chair and faculty committee
  • Masters or other graduate work may count toward total degree hours

Research — 10 hours minimum

  • Work with major professor to choose research topic
  • Complete at least 10 hours of research and dissertation
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Application Deadlines

  • March 15 for Summer Semester admission
  • June 15 for Fall Semester admission
  • October 15 for Spring Semester admission

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