One of the leading programs in philosophy of education in the world, we view philosophy as a critical and reflective activity central to sound educational policy, practice, and research. Drawing on diverse philosophical traditions, our students explore educational aims, concepts, and practices across a range of settings, including the nature of the teacher-student relationship, the possibilities and limitations of technology in education, liberal education, the ethics of teaching, critical thinking, aesthetic education, education and human rights, and what makes a “public” school public.


The faculty in this program each have established international reputations. They include:

  • Nicholas C. Burbules teaches and writes about dialogue in education, professional ethics, technology issues in education, and critical social theory. He has written or edited sixteen books, several of which have been translated into other languages, and published over two hundred journal articles and book chapters. He is the Education Director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics and is the Editor of Educational Theory.
  • Pradeep Dhillon’s research straddles philosophy of language (Analytic, Continental, and Asian) and philosophy of mind, aesthetics, and international education. She has a strong interest in Kantian value theory as it relates to aesthetics, cognition, and human rights education. Her most recent work is in the areas of Kant's theory of judgment, neuro-aesthetics, and environmental aesthetics. She is Editor for the Journal of Aesthetic Education, and she has served as the Chair of Education for the American Society for Aesthetics.
  • Rebecca Taylor uses philosophy and philosophically-grounded mixed methods to investigate questions of ethics and justice in educational policy and practice. She is currently developing a volume of normative case studies and commentaries on ethical dilemmas in higher education, which is under contract with Harvard Education Press. Her research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation and the Center for Ethics and Education at University of Wisconsin, and she received the National Academy of Education/Spencer Research Development Award in 2020. She currently serves as the Program Chair of the Philosophical Studies in Education SIG for the American Educational Research Association.

Who should apply

Graduate students looking to fill faculty and leadership positions in universities and other educational institutions who want to:

  • Develop conceptual and analytical skills in thinking about educational problems
  • Explore crucial normative and value questions about the aims and methods of education
  • Learn to engage colleagues collaboratively in bringing philosophical perspectives into contact with other fields of study

Our recent graduates occupy faculty and leadership positions in universities and other educational institutions around the globe.

  • Jane Blanken-Webb, Assistant Professor, EdD Program, Wilkes University, Pennsylvania
  • Jia Chen, Associate Professor, School of Philosophy, Fudan University, Shanghai, Chinaa
  • Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Curriculum Coordinator and Chair of Graduate Work in Blended and Personalized Learning, College of Education Texas Tech University
  • Liz Jackson, Professor, Department of International Education at the Education University of Hong Kong. She is currently President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.
  • Katherine Jo, Academic Resource Center, Duke University
  • Mark Keitges, Teaching Instructor in the Rutgers Writing Program and Director of the Graduate English Language Learners Program
  • John Lang, Associate Director, Washington Campus Compact
  • Seamus Mulryan, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies, Ursinus College


The philosophy of education program is also a leader in producing two major publications in the field:

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