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Dr. Gail Jones
Gail_Jones@ncsu.edu
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Program Area of Study

Science Education


Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM

Graduates from our program become state and nationally recognized leaders in science education. You will have the opportunity to work with nationally recognized experts in many facets of science education research and practice.

Important Dates
Friday | 3-4:30 p.m.
November 6, 2015
Open House

Poe Hall 742



Friday | 3-4:30 p.m.
January 22, 2016
Open House

Poe Hall 742



December 1, 2015
Application deadline for fall semester (U.S. applicants)


Program Description

Our doctoral program has four primary strands:

  • Higher education faculty
  • Informal education (leadership and instruction)
  • Pre-college educators and curriculum supervisors (K-12)
  • Education researchers/evaluators

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Strong writing and analytic skills
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • Desire to conduct research
  • Two years of experience in science education
  • Ideally have already completed 24 hours of science, engineering or science-related coursework at the undergraduate level

Course of Study

The program can be accomplished either part-time or full-time. Full-time students can complete the program in 3-4 years. Science Education courses are in a two-year cycle, and a new cycle begins in the fall semester.

Full Curriculum

Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.

Requirement: 15 semester hours beyond the Master’s requirements

  • EMS 730* Trends and Issues in Science Education I
  • EMS 775* Foundations of Science Education
  • EMS 851* Research Internship in Science Education
  • EMS 732* Theoretical and Critical Perspectives of Science Education: Core II
  • EMS 832* Research Applications in Science Education: Core III

Other Optional Science Education Courses

  • EMS 521 Advanced Methods in Science Education I
  • EMS 522 Advanced Methods in Science Education II
  • EMS 573 Technology Tools for Science Teaching
  • EMS 822 Special Problems In Science Teaching
  • EMS 841 Practicum In Science and Mathematics Education
  • EMS 686 Teaching in College
  • EMS 703 Teaching Science In Higher Education
  • EMS 705 Education and Supervision of Teachers of Mathematics and Science
  • EMS 777 Improving Classroom Instruction In Science

Research Tools: 15 semester hours beyond the Master’s requirements

  • EMS 731* Fundamentals of Research in Science Education: Qualitative & Quantitative Inquiry
  • ST 507* & ST 508* Statistics for the Behavioral Science I & II

OR

  • ST 511* & ST 512* Experimental Statistics for Biological Sciences I & II

Additional Research Courses

  • EMS 531 Introduction to Research in Science Education
  • ELP 780 Evaluation Theory & Practice in Education
  • ELP 736 Qualitative Research in Education & Policy Analysis
  • EAC 785 Qualitative Research in Adult & Community College Education
  • SOC 712 Advanced Survey Methodology

Other Statistics & Research Courses

Research: 9 semester hours beyond any Master’s research

  • EMS 895* Doctoral Dissertation Research

Focus Area: Minimum of 18 Semester Hours

Courses may be taken to develop expertise in areas such as College Science Education, Teacher Education (Elementary, Middle or High School) or Informal Education. Those completing the doctoral degree should have the equivalent of a master’s degree in the focus area.

*Required course for a Ph.D. in Science Education

The program can be accomplished either part-time or full-time. Full-time students can complete the program in 3-4 years. Science Education courses are in a two-year cycle, and a new cycle begins in the fall semester.