Program Contact

Dr. Aaron Clark
Director of Graduate Programs

Program Area of Study

Engineering and Technology Education

Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM

Graduates of our program 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.

Important Dates
December 1
Application Deadline

Friday, 4-6 pm
April 6, 2018
Annual STEM Ed Graduate Research Symposium/Open House
Poe Hall, Main Campus
Opportunity to visit with our students and faculty to see current graduate research efforts and learn about our programs.

Program Description

This new PhD program within the Department of STEM Education, program area of Technology, Engineering and Design Education, 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 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 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. Aaron C. Clark, DTE
Professor, Director of STEM Ed Graduate Programs,
Graduate Program Coordinator
(919) 515-1771

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
  • Competitive GRE scores dated within the last 5 years
  • Desire to conduct research
  • Ideally have already completed 24 hours of technology, engineering or related coursework 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

The 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 courses are typically in a two-year cycle, and a new cycle begins in the fall semester.

Full Curriculum