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    Aug 12, 2022  
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Major, PhD

Faculty from the departments participate in the delivery of the PhD with a major in education. Concentrations and specializations are available in community health; cultural studies of educational foundations; instructional technology; leadership studies in education; literacy studies (specialization in ESL or reading); special education; and teacher education (specialization in early childhood education, elementary education, English education, or social science education).

Application Process
Individuals seeking admission to the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in education must first be admissible to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and then admitted to a concentration within the PhD with a major in Education. Prospective students are encouraged to make application at least six months before anticipated matriculation.

Admission Criteria
Admission decisions for applicants to the PhD with a major in education are based on multiple criteria. Applicants are expected to present verbal and quantitative GRE scores equal to or higher than the 50th percentile, based on the norms in effect at the time the test was taken. An applicant with either a verbal or quantitative subtest score that is less than the 50th percentile will be expected to submit a proportionally higher, off-setting second subtest score (e.g., a verbal subtest score at the 60th percentile may off-set a quantitative subtest core at the 40th percentile). Current GRE verbal and quantitative interpretative data are available from Educational Testing Service at

Applicants are expected to earn a minimum score of 4.5 points on the analytic writing subtest (for score interpretation see

Applicants should be aware that departments and/or concentration areas may have GRE requirements which exceed those indicated above. Information regarding other admission criteria (e.g., GPA, letters of reference, writing samples, etc.), as well as GRE requirements for non-native English speaking applicants are available through the academic department in which the specific concentration is located.

Residence Requirement
The residence requirement for students in the PhD with a major in education is two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment.

Contact Information
Additional information on the PhD with a major in education is available in the academic department sections of this catalog.