Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning

The Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning is not currently accepting applications.

Anyone interested in applying to this program should consider instead our Doctor of Education Program in Educational Leadership or our new Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Transforming Education in a Diverse Society.

The Education Studies Department at the University of California, San Diego offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Teaching and Learning. This cohort-based program is designed to enable professional educators to participate in a research-based doctoral program while continuing to work in an educational setting.

Education Studies at UCSD is grounded in a commitment to equitable and excellent education for all students by preparing teacher innovators who can respond to the changing needs of teachers, students, and the community. More equitable education requires fundamental changes in approaches to teaching and learning within the context of larger scale reform efforts. In this doctoral program students systematically research and reinvent educational practices.

This research-based Ed.D. continues the tradition established by the EDS Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning. The Ed.D. course of study provides a research perspective on educational reform, with the expectation of developing regional expertise for preK-12 and post-secondary teaching and learning. With its rich tradition of research and technological innovation, UCSD is uniquely positioned to provide research support for doctoral studies in education.


Who should apply?
We seek educators who wish to expand their knowledge of discipline-specific pedagogy, research methodology, and education reform in order to lead curricular and pedagogical improvement efforts with pre-service, beginning, and experienced teachers in local schools. The Ed.D. program in Teaching and Learning has several features that provide professional educators with the knowledge and skills to become educational innovators in local K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions. Students gain knowledge that allows them to both build on and contribute to educational research. As well, the program is designed to enhance innovation in educational practice.

Please look at these video interviews with our alumni.

What courses would I take?
Students take courses which address the topics of school reform and educational equity; learning and educational technology; curriculum research and theory; qualitative and quantitative research methods; cognition and learning theory; the social organization of schooling; language and culture; and research on teaching and learning. The courses within the program assist students in planning a dissertation study which addresses a critical issue that can be researched in an educational setting. The study will be designed as part of the coursework of the ongoing cohort seminars and will be conducted during the final year. 

When would I start?
The first year of the program begins in June of each year and continues through the following summer; the subsequent years of the program begin at the start of UCSD's Fall quarter. 

What are the tuition and fees? 
Here is a link with current graduate student tuition and fees. 

Who do I contact for further information?

For other questions about the doctoral program, please contact Dr. Jim Levin.


The Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning is not currently accepting applications.

Anyone interested in applying to this program should consider instead our Doctor of Education Program in Educational Leadership  or our new Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Transforming Education in a Diverse Society.





Culminating Activity

Year 4

EDS 262A "Dissertation Writing Seminar"
Dr. Alison Wishard Guerra

EDS 299 "Dissertation Research"

EDS 262B "Dissertation Writing Seminar"
Dr. Jim Levin

EDS 299 "Dissertation Research"

EDS 262C "Dissertation Writing Seminar"
Dr. Jim Levin

EDS 299 "Dissertation Research"

Defense of Dissertation

See current and past elective courses taken by Teaching and Learning students.

Faculty & Staff



Kim Samaniego has a new job at UCSD with three titles that officially started October 21, 2015. The titles are: Director CSU/UC Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP); Director MDTP San Diego; Director UCSD Mathematics Testing and Placement.

Melissa Herzig has published an article "How Can We Motivate Struggling Latino Adolescents to Read?", based on her dissertation research, in the 2014 issue of Odyssey, a publication of the Clerc Center at Gallaudet University. Her article starts on page 26.

Orletta Nguyen has been selected for the Outstanding Author Contribution for her chapter “Easing the Tension: Considerations for Aligning Charter Law with Federal Regulations for Students with Special Needs” published in Advances in Educational Administration. Her chapter was selected by the Editors as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2014 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

Samantha Greenstein recently presented at the San Diego CUE conference on the topic of "Using Computational Thinking Skills to Meet Common Core in Middle School Science". Samantha was recently named a finalist for 2013-14 San Diego County Teacher of the Year.

Melissa Smith's dissertation has been published as a book More Than Meets the Eye: Revealing the Complexities of an Interpreted Education by Gallaudet University Press. She is currently Professor, American Sign Language/English Interpreter Training Program, at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA.

Suzi Van Steenbergen is the faculty advisor of MavLife, La Costa Canyon High School's student newspaper. MavLife was given the 2013 Courage in Student Journalism Award by the Student Press Law Center.

Orletta Nguyen is now an Adjunct Associate Professor at CSU Dominguez Hills. She works with their administrators on best practices in evaluating and implementing instruction. In addition, she has created online learning certification courses for behavior management and special education issues. She also has published an chapter in an edited book: Nguyen, H. (2013). Easing the tension: Considerations for aligning charter law with federal regulations for students with special needs. In K. Hughes & S. Silva (Eds.),Identifying leaders for urban charter autonomous independent schools: Advances in educational administration. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Limited Publishing.

Heather Lattimer has written a book Real world literacies: Discipline based reading, writing, listening and speaking to prepare high school students for success in college, career, and community that is expected to be published during the fall of 2013. She also has published research articles and given interviews, as described on her professional web site.

Melissa Herzig has joined the Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning at Gallaudet University as the new P-12 Engagement Manager. Previously a post-doctoral scholar with Dr. Carol Padden's lab at UCSD, Melissa led research on the role of gesture in learning, a collaborative project with Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow at the University of Chicago. A paper Melissa co-authored with Susan Goldin-Meadow, Aaron Shield, Daniel Lenzen, and Carol Padden is in press in the journal Cognition.

Carmen Restrepo represented the Cajon Valley Union School District at Digital Learning Day in Washington D.C. on February 6, 2013. The celebration culminated with the Digital Town Hall, which highlighted digital learning in action, including videos from CVUSD. Carmen is the Coordinator of Educational Technology for CVUSD and Principal of the Cajon Valley Home School.

Krysti DeZonia was elected President of the California/Nevada Region of the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and also made a board member for the Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities SIRG of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability. In addition, she started a new pilot diagnostic program, TERI Diagnostic Services, serving students with autism and developmental disabilities throughout San Diego, South Orange, and South Riverside counties.

Heather Lattimer received tenure and is now an Associate Professor at the University of San Diego as well as chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching at USD.

Liz Mendoza published a 2012 article "Thinking through ethics: The processes of ethical decision making by novice and expert American Sign Language interpreters" based on her T&L Ed.D. dissertation.

Carmen Restrepo is the new Principal of Cajon Valley Home School, in addition to her current position as Technology Coordinator for the Cajon Valley School District. Her goal is bring online learning to her District.

Diane Sweeney gave a 2011 presentation at CSU Long Beach "Making meaning in human-dolphin interactions in zoological facilities" based on her dissertation.

Marcia Sewall published a 2009 article "Transforming supervision: Using video elicitation to support preservice teacher-directed reflective conversations" based on her dissertation.

Chris Halter created a video of interviews with T & L alumni.

Google map of Teaching and Learning Ed.D. alumni and current students

Teaching & Learning Ed.D. dissertations

UCSD Alumni web site


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