This degree is part of the Science Education Program housed in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.

This degree is only offered on campus and does not lead to certification.

Degree Requirements

To receive a PhD in science education, you must complete 72 semester hours beyond a bachelor’s degree. The doctoral program emphasizes science education research and culminates with a dissertation project completed under the supervision of a science education faculty member. Coursework includes three emphasis areas:

  1. Elementary Science Education
  2. Middle/Secondary Science Education
  3. College Science Teaching

View a sample schedule here. Each emphasis area requires coursework in science education, science content and educational research as well as teaching and research experiences.


Admission Requirements

You must meet two sets of minimum qualifications in order to be considered for admission:

A committee of faculty members reviews your application’s credentials. You are not guaranteed admission even if you meet the minimum qualifications.

How to Apply

In addition to completing the Graduate Studies application, you must submit the following materials to the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)