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Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education

The objective of the Ph.D. degree program is to provide students with advanced education in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. These advanced studies will enable graduates to conduct theoretical and practical research in mathematics and science education, to develop and evaluate curriculum, to prepare future teachers, to provide professional development to in-service teachers, or to become a leader in education at the state, local, national levels.

Total Credits: 84


Admission to the Ph.D. program in science education requires the following:
  • Master's Degree in science/science education. A candidate with a degree in another related field may be eligible for admission provided one has a documented successful experience working with school-age youth.
  • A minimum combined GRE score (verbal, analytical, quantitive) of 1200
  • TOEFL (minimum score of 600/250/100) paper-based/computer-based/internet-based
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required
  • Three years of teaching experience
  • Professional statement of goals/objectives (2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An interview may be required

Program Requirements 

Required Courses

Quantitative Research 6 Credits
Qualitative Research 6 Credits
Clinical Supervision 3 Credits
Assessment and Evaluation 3 Credits
Science Curriculum 3 Credits
Advanced Learning Theory 3 Credits
Statistics 6 Credits
Selected Coursework in Discipline
specific Science Courses
12 Credits
Total 42 Credits

Elective Courses

Nature of Science 3 Credits
Advanced Strategies: Science 3 credits
History/Philosophy of Science 3 credits
Teacher Education/Professional Development 3 credits
Ethics 3 credits
Independent Studies within MSED up to 6 credits
Total Minimum Coursework 51 Credits
Minimum Research 25 credits
Total Minimum Credits 84 credits
Maximum Transfer of Graduate
Credits from Master's
42 Credits

Additional Requirements

  • Qualifying exam: within the first three years of Ph.D. study
  • Comprehensive exam (oral): Proposal Defense
  • Final dissertation defense