Program Contact

Dr. Margaret R. Blanchard
Associate Professor
Program Contact

Christy Buck
Graduate Student Services Coordinator

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
3-4:30 p.m.
November 3, 2017
STEM Ed Graduate Programs Open House
Poe 742

To Register, please send your name, email address, area of interest (i.e., Science Education, Mathematics Education or Technology Engineering & Design Education) and degree desired (Masters or Doctoral) to

December 1, 2017
Complete applications for consideration for funding and assistantships are due December 1.

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.

** For individuals considering pursuing one of our graduate programs. Please contact Christy Buck for more details and to rsvp for this event.

** Parking information

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

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

Full Curriculum