Why study teaching and leadership at UND?

Application Deadlines
Priority Deadline:
Dec. 1
Final Deadline:
April 15


The Ph.D. Doctoral Program emphasizes original research, scholarship, and prepares educational leaders to effectively address current issues facing schools and society. UND's program provides a mentorship model of scholarship and research. Graduate students complete educational research apprenticeships with self-selected faculty mentors who have common research interests.

You learn side-by-side with faculty engaging in the active construction of knowledge within a chosen area of concentration. These concentrations include:

  • Childhood and Adversity Resilience
  • Constructivism in STEM Education
  • Family, School and Community Engagement
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Leadership in Curriculum & Learning
  • Literacy, Language & Culture
  • School Reform & Public Policy


UND's Teaching & Leadership Ph.D.

  • Candidates take 12 credits of scholarly tools and 12 credits in a concentration area of choice.

  • Our residency requirement provides for immersion in a research environment.

  • The program is offered with a variety of synchronous and asynchronous courses.

  • UND is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

  • Graduate teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships available through an application process.

  • Apply for a limited number of GRA positions in STEM education, outreach, mentorship, and research during the 2021-22 academic year. 

Teaching and Leadership Careers 


Median pay for postsecondary teachers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Job growth outlook for postsecondary teachers through 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Graduates from the program work at universities, community colleges, tribal colleges, in private industry and for nonprofit or government agencies that research and recommend educational practices and policy.

They become professors, researchers, scholars, school district resource personnel or educational specialists.

Recent graduates have been hired as program directors, assistant, associate & full professors, associate deans, deans, presidents at colleges and universities in North Dakota, the region, the U.S. and abroad.

When You Earn a Ph.D. in Teaching & Leadership

A doctorate in Teaching & Leadership gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Adult Education
  • Grant Writing
  • Higher Education

Graduate Courses in Teaching & Leadership