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.
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
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.