Philip Bernhardt

Degree: Ed.D.

Professor and Associate Director of the Honors Program

Department: School of Education

Philip Bernhardt


Education Teacher Education


  • Backwards design
  • General instructional practices (planning, assessment, classroom management)
  • Curricular alignment with state/common core standards
  • Formative assessment
  • Performance-based assessment
  • Project-based learning
  • New teacher induction
  • Effective instructional practices
  • New teacher mentoring and preparation
  • Social studies as a subject area
  • Teacher retention


Dr. Philip E. Bernhardt is a Professor of Secondary Education and Associate Director of the Honors Program. From July 2013 – August 2017 he served as the founding Chair of the Department of Secondary and K-12 Education and Educational Technology. Dr. Bernhardt has spent over two decades working in public schools, including eight years as a secondary social studies teacher working in co-taught classrooms. He also has experience as an AVID teacher and coached soccer and basketball at a number of high schools in the Washington, DC Metro area. Dr. Bernhardt has presented on topics that include co-taught classrooms, the barriers to higher education, academic tracking, teacher professional development, curriculum design and assessment, teacher education program design and teacher preparation, induction, and mentoring.

Dr. Bernhardt has published articles in numerous journals including The Journal of Educational Research and Practice, American Secondary Education, The Community School Journal, Current Issues in Education, The Qualitative Report, The Field Experience Journal, and Educational Leadership. He has chapters published in a number of texts including Teaching Social Studies: A Methods Book for Methods Teachers, What Really Works with Universal Design for Learning, and The Handbook of Research on Critical Thinking Strategies in Pre-Service Learning Environments. Dr. Bernhardt recently had three chapters published in the Encyclopedia of Psychology in the Real World: Education (Routledge).

Dr. Bernhardt co-authored Digital Citizenship: Promoting Wellness for Thriving in a Connected World, a textbook designed to help secondary students better understand and address the unintended consequences of the habitual use of the internet and social media. He also co-edited two different texts on preparing mentor teachers and university-based educators to effectively support teacher candidate learning. Both of these texts were published in late 2020 through Rowman and Littlefield. Dr. Bernhardt also recently published two edited texts focusing on the systematic ways in which childhood trauma and resiliency development are being addressed in the preparation of teachers. These texts are published through Information Age Press (IAP). One of these texts was nominated for the 2023 Gloria Ladson Billing Outstanding Book Award, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). A third book in this series (Contemporary Perspectives on Developing Trauma-Informed Teachers), which Dr. Bernhardt is a co-editor, is in its planning stages.

Dr. Bernhardt earned his M.A.T in Social Studies Education from Boston University and received his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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