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
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.
- Masters degree in science, science education, or related field
- 3.0 GPA
- Strong writing and analytic skills
- Competitive GRE scores (dated within the last 5 years)
- 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
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.