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Seeking: Doctoral Assistant for Teaching Elementary Social Studies Education

Are you an experienced teacher who wants financial support to earn a Ph.D. in Education?

Do you have a passion for social studies and want to know more about educational research?

Are you interested in supporting aspiring elementary teachers as they learn different approaches to teaching social studies? 

Penn State University’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction is seeking a fulltime Ph.D. student for a graduate assistantship focused on elementary social studies teacher education. Professional duties can include teaching Penn State’s social studies methods courses, supervision of new elementary social studies teacher-candidates in classroom placements, and participating in creative and scholarly research projects.

This is an opportunity to join our growing academic community of faculty, graduate students, and classroom teachers in a range of residential and web-based educational courses, including seminars on elementary education and social studies topics.

Desired Qualifications:

  • At least 2 full years of classroom teaching experience, preferably including K-5 grade level
  • Prior academic courses in one or more social studies subjects (history, sociology, etc.)
  • Flexibility to travel to different schools in central Pennsylvania

What This Assistantship Offers You:

  • Waiver of tuition for fulltime Ph.D. coursework
  • Living stipend (approximately $20,000/year) plus health insurance benefits
  • Guaranteed to degree completion (4 years), with satisfactory academic progress

Applications to start in the Fall 2021 semester are due January 1, 2021. Decisions will be made in the following two months, and work duties begin in mid August. If you are interested in learning more or have questions, please contact Dr. Stephanie Schroeder( at Penn State’s College of Education and see

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