Ph.D. in Science Education

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Science Education program requires students to successfully complete 81 credit hours. You must have three years of classroom teaching experience and a master's degree to apply to the program. All courses are delivered entirely online with a required one semester on-campus residency.

Required Courses (81 credit hours)

Program Knowledge Base
Select 9 credit hours from the below list.

  • PRST 5610 – Intro to Doc Studies (3 credit hours) - (Course currently suspended)
  • PRST 5070 – Intro to College Teaching (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5600 - Diversity in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5660 - Proposal Writing (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5730 - Learning and Cognition (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5810 – Writing for Professional Publications (3 credit hours)

Advanced Research Courses
Select 18 credit hours from the below list. Coursework in both qualitative and quantitative research is required and courses can be taken outside the College of Education. Course selection is subject doctoral committee approval.

  • ESCI 5200 - Contemporary Science Education Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5530 - Intro to Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5610 - Ed Research 2: Group Comparison (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5620 - Ed Research 3: Correlational (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5630 - Ed Research 4: Multivariate (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5640 - Intro to Qualitative Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5645 - Phenomenology, Case Study, and Grounded Theory in Qualitative Research (3 credit hours)

Research in Science Education
Students must take all 6 credit hours listed below.

  • ESCI 5300 Research in Science Ed I (3 credit hours)
  • ESCI 5350 Research in Science Ed II (3 credit hours)

Mathematics Education Specialization
Select 9 credit hours from the below list. Course selection is subject doctoral committee approval.

  • ESCI 5250 - Cognition and Learning in Science and Math Education
  • ESCI 5600 - History and Philosophy of Science and Mathematics Education
  • ESCI 5610 - Informal Science Learning Environments
  • ESCI 5630 - Science Teacher Education & K12 Professional Development
  • EDCI 5870 - Special Topics in Science Education
  • Relevant EMAT courses

Students should work with their advisor to select 21 credit hours to complete the elective requirement. Note that some or all of the elective courses are courses completed as part of the master’s degree.)

Students must take a minimum of 6 credit hours.

  • ESCI 5100 - Science Education Research Colloquium (1-6 credit hours)

Other Requirements

After coursework is completed, you mush satisfy the below requirements before completing your program and gaining your doctoral credential.

  • Preliminary Exam - After completing your coursework you will need to take a preliminary exam.
  • Program Outcomes - You must submit written demonstration to show you have met the learning outcomes determined by your program, department, or committee.
  • Dissertation - After your preliminary exam, you will present and defend your doctoral dissertation.
  • Residency - You must satisy all requirements of your residency.
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