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Program Contact

Dr. Margaret R. Blanchard
Professor
mrblanch@ncsu.edu
Program Contact

Christy Buck
Graduate Student Services Coordinator
cjbuck@ncsu.edu
919.515.1740

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
December 1, 2018
Complete applications for consideration for funding and assistantships are due December 1.


Information Sessions
Friday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
October 19, 2018
Graduate Programs Open House for STEM ED
Poe Hall 742
Please contact Christy Buck to register.
Visitor Parking information may be found at: www2.acs.ncsu.edu/trans/parking/visitors.html


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

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.

Curriculum