Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Science Education

The PhD concentration in Science Education requires a minimum of 60 credit hours, 30 of them are to complete the dissertation. The degree requirement will be accomplished on full-time basis where students can complete the program in about 3.5 academic years. The main objective of Science Education concentration is to prepare doctorate students to obtain leadership positions in science education as supervisors and teachers in various levels of schooling. Other objectives includes to prepare students to demonstrate scholarship and research expertise in science education; design curriculum and instructional strategies that accommodate diverse students; understand and apply ethical and legal standards in their specialization; develop different skills of communication; and demonstrate productive and comprehensive knowledge of instructional theories and methods of teaching in their area of specialization. The most important part of preparing science education doctorate students to achieve those objectives is supporting them to involve in a broad range of experiences that will provide an extensive, balanced, and personalized form of professional development.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 60 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (18 Credits) All courses in Group 1 and 9 credits from Group 2. (N/A)

Credit Hours

Group 1: The following 9 credits (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR701Curriculum Theory and Practice3.000
SPED704Teaching Children from Culturally and Linguistically Divers Background3.000
FOED702Organizational theory in educational leadership3.000

Group 2 Research Methodologies: (Any 9 credits of the following courses) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR710Quantitative Research Methods in Education I3.000
CURR712Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Research3.000
CURR713Qualitative Research Methods in Education 3.000
CURR715Mixed Methods Research in Education3.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (Any 9 credits of the following) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR702Theory and research on learning and teaching3.000
CURR720Philosophical and historical perspectives in science education3.000
CURR721Science teacher education: Theory and practice3.000
CURR722Current issues in science education3.000
CURR732Assessment in science education3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (A 3-credit CURR 7xx level course approved by the Advisory Committee.) (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR800Comprehensive Examination0.000
CURR810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR900Dissertation Research0.000 - 9.000
CURR910Dissertation Defense0.000