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Program Area of Study: Engineering and Technology Education

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Program: Learning and Teaching in STEM
in Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
Delivery Method: On Campus

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Graduates of our Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM Engineering and Technology Education program area of study become leaders in engineering and technology education in K-12 formal and non-formal settings. Through scholarly pursuits in the field, learning and teaching, and public policy, they take positions as scholars, supervisors, teacher educators, non-formal science/engineering educators, entrepreneurs, designers and faculty members in higher education institutions.

For more information about these events, or other questions, please contact Christy Buck, cjbuck@ncsu.edu.

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Program Area of Study Description

This Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM Engineering and Technology Education program area of study is for students who wish to become leaders through scholarly pursuits in engineering and technology learning, teaching and practice. In addition to the essential habits of mind and practice unique to engineering and technology, the program will also promote 21st century technology skills that are necessary for influencing public policy, educational reform and promoting technological literacy. Engineering education is a rapidly expanding field in the post-secondary arena and in K-12 settings. The Next Generation Science Standards and the National Standards for Technological Literacy include engineering as an essential learning focus.

This degree within the College of Education combines current engineering and technology education faculty from both the College of Engineering and College of Education. Through these partnerships, this program area of study will offer an innovative concentration that will have specializations in areas of: K-12 outreach education, post-secondary teacher education and instruction, engineering education research and community college service.

Graduates of this cross-disciplinary program area of study are prepared for successful positions across engineering education and technology education enterprises, including: engineering faculty positions in all types of universities, educational research; university assessment staff, engineering policy, industry training management, and K-12 district or local area specialists.

If interested, please contact:

Dr. Cameron DeLeon Denson
Sci, Tech, Engr & Math (STEM)
Assoc Professor
Poe Hall 510M, Box 7801
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695
cddenson@ncsu.edu

Christy Buck
Graduate Student Services Coordinator
cjbuck@ncsu.edu
(919) 515-1740

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Admission Requirements

Please note: If you are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in our College of Education and are interested in pursuing a Ph.D., you must formally apply to the program through the Graduate School.

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Strong writing and analytic skills
  • Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related health, economic, and social challenges, GRE test scores are waived for applicants applying for all graduate programs in the College of Education during the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Read more about this decision
  • Desire to conduct research
  • Ideally have already completed 24 credit hours within a discipline related to technology, engineering or design at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Three recommendations from people who know your academic record and potential for graduate study
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Personal essay (one to two pages) describing your career experiences, future personal goals and how a degree in the desired discipline will affect your career goals. Applicants should indicate how their research interests can benefit from faculty’s research foci. Include a resume (three pages or less) of experience: positions held, internships, volunteer efforts, publications, prior research and skill sets.

Course of Study

All doctoral degrees in the College of Education require a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Most doctoral programs in the College of Education require a minimum of 60 graduate credit hours beyond an approved master’s degree.

This program can be accomplished either part-time or full-time. Full-time students can complete the program in three to four years. Engineering & Technology Education program area of study courses are typically in a two-year cycle, and a new cycle begins in the fall semester.

Please note: If you are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in our College of Education and are interested in pursuing a Ph.D., you must formally apply to the program through the Graduate School. Students who continue directly from our NC State Master’s program into the Ph.D. (without a break in enrollment) may transfer all 36 credit hours.

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Additional Information

Virtual STEM Ed 2021 Doctoral Symposium

STEM Graduate Student and Faculty Handbook

Engineering and Technology Education 2019 Doctoral Students

Faculty

Aaron Clark

Cameron Denson

Tamecia Jones

Brian Matthews