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Concentration: Science Education

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

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Graduates from Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM: Science Education concentration 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.

Program Description

Our Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM: Science Education concentration has four primary strands:

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

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. *We understand the hardships some students may experience, but we are unable to offer fee waivers


NC State has the best science education doctoral program in the state.

Lynn Huff

Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM: Science Education concentration

Admission Requirements

  • Masters degree in science, science education, or related field
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Strong writing and analytic skills
  • GRE test scores (restored for 2023-2024 admission) for applicants applying for all graduate programs in the College of Education.
  • Desire to conduct research
  • Two years of experience in science education
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Ideally have already completed 24 hours of science, engineering or science-related coursework at the undergraduate level
  • Three recommendations from people who know your academic record and potential for graduate study
  • Personal essay (1-2 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 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 3-4 years. Science Education courses are in a two-year cycle, and a new cycle begins in the fall semester.


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2023 STEM Graduate Student Handbook

For more information or other questions, please contact Maya Stafford,

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