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Option in Science Education

Science teachers instill excitement about the natural world. The PhD in Education, option in Science Education is designed for those wanting to conduct research on teaching and learning science at the P-12 level and beyond. Our goal is to prepare you to address critical issues in science education. Coursework will engage you in reflective teaching, deepening your science content knowledge and developing your analytical perspectives for research. Our graduates are prepared to teach a variety of science education courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level and are qualified for faculty positions in secondary teacher education programs or community colleges as well as other science education leadership positions.


Our coursework offers flexibility so you can tailor your studies to reach your career goals. Successful degree completion requires a minimum of 69 credit hours past the master’s degree, including 15 hours of dissertation.


Coursework preview:

  • Science Education research in learning, teaching, critical issues and affective issues
  • Graduate-level study in a science field
  • Qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods 
  • Other supporting coursework (e.g., Diversity and Equity and Theoretical Foundations of Inquiry)

Course information

Learn more about our science and mathematics education graduate programs


Research and Faculty

We will help you connect research to practice and develop a mastery of your content area to transform the practice of science teaching, learning and leading. Our faculty have both practical classroom teaching experience and science education research expertise. We will work closely with you to tailor your coursework to meet your educational goals and help you develop the skills necessary to make original and important contributions to research. Graduates of our program become state and nationally recognized leaders in science education.


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Applications are accepted twice per year, with the following deadlines:

  • Fall Priority September 15 | Fall Final July 1 
  • Spring Priority — January 15 | Spring Final — December 1

Please note that priority application deadlines must be met in order to be considered for scholarships, fellowships and assistantships. 


To apply to the PhD in Education, option in Science Education program, complete the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum graduate GPA required)
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Personal and career goal statement (1000 words)
  • Academic or scholarly writing sample 
  • Analytic writing prompt
  • In-person interview may be required for admission

Graduate student resources for the science and mathematics education program

Graduate student resources for the College of Education and Human Sciences


Cost & Assistance

Grant-funded assistantships are available through the Center for Research on STEM Teaching and Learning (CRSTL) on a competitive basis. Please contact for more information. 


Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 





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