Graduate Programs specializing in the History of Education

Graduate Programs specializing in the History of Education

In July 2019, I asked members of the H-Education list how many graduate programs offered formal concentrations in the History of Education. Thanks to those who responded, I was able to compile the list below. For corrections, or to add to the list, please contact

Boston College: PhD in Higher Education (in Lynch School of Education and Human Development) offers a concentration in "Historical and philosophical foundations of higher education."
Columbia University, Teachers College [suspended until Fall 2021]: History & Education program, offering MA, M.Ed., Ed.D., and PhD.
Loyola University Chicago: Cultural & Educational Policy Studies program offers concentration for MA and PhD.
New York University: MA in History of Education and PhD in History of Education.
Ohio State University: College of Education and Human Ecology offers MA and PhD in Educational Studies, Philosophy and History of Education.
Stanford University: Concentration in History of Education through their SHIPS – History program.
Syracuse University: The School of Education program in Cultural Foundations of Education offers concentration in History of Education.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: College of Education offers EdM, MA, PhD in History of Education.
University of Iowa: Schools, Culture, and Society program (Ph.D. and MA) offers a history of education concentration.
University of Pennsylvania: Students can jointly enroll in the Department of History and Graduate School of Education to pursue a Ph.D. in History and Education.  Beginning in Fall 2021, the Berkowitz Fellowship in History of Education will also be established to award "a fifth year of study for doctoral students who are admitted in tandem to the Graduate School of Education and the Department of History."

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Concentration in "Social Foundations/Context of Education in their Culture, Curriculum, and Teacher Education (CCTE) PhD in Education program. 
University of Toledo
: Department of Educational Studies offers concentration (M.Ed. and PhD) in History of Education.
University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education: [Discontinued] Has previously offered specializations in History of Education and Philosophy of Education,  but appears to have been discontinued.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Department of Educational Policy Studies offers concentrations in History of Education, with specialization in “American education, African American Education, the history of European education, comparative history of education, or any combination of these approved by the student’s advisory committee.”

Note on excluded programs: I only include programs with a formal and distinct concentration in the History of Education.  If programs offer courses in the History of Education, or have historians of education on their faculty, they are excluded if they do not meet this first criteria.

Last updated 8/10/20