Applications to the PhD in Education program are closed. Please return in Fall 2017 to apply for next year's cohort.

The Education PhD with an option in Science or Mathematics Education has the following two goals:

  • To develop learning leaders in the fields of science and mathematics education who are committed to and understand how to support lifelong science and mathematics learning in a variety of settings and can apply research in education and related fields, including but not limited to the social and behavioral sciences and technology, to the everyday work of teaching in subject matter college courses or courses in teacher education/free-choice learning;

  • To develop scholars in the fields of science and mathematics education who make significant contributions to the body of knowledge describing and analyzing the work in learning in a variety of settings, teacher education, curriculum development, educational technology, professional development, assessment, free-choice/non-formal education, and college teaching;

The program is designed for a variety of students with academic backgrounds including but not limited to the sciences, mathematics, agriculture, environmental sciences, forestry, fisheries and wildlife, oceanography, ecology and science and mathematics education. There are three possible focus areas:

  1. Research on K-12 science and mathematics student learning and teacher preparation.
  2. Research on community college/college level science and mathematic student learning and teaching.
  3. Research on learning in and from free-choice learning environments in science and mathematics.

All three options require: two years of research content courses (doctoral core courses) and five quarters of research methods courses. In addition, an approved program of study fulfilling the minimum total credits for the degree, an approved minor, and a dissertation are required for all three options.

Specific requirements for individual focus areas:

  • Potential doctoral students whose goal is to become a science or mathematics educational researcher or leader in this arena may be considered for the School-Based Science or Mathematics Educators focus. Typically, these applicants have been prepared and been licensed to teach science or mathematics in public schools at the elementary, middle, high school level, and have at least three successful years of teaching experience and/or supervisory experience. Those exhibiting adequate background in the earth, biological, physical, computer, and/or mathematical sciences, or engineering will pursue graduate work in their chosen field. Those with less preparation in technical course work would pursue graduate work in fields such as psychology, sociology, and/or anthropology.

  • Potential doctoral students whose goal is to teach science, mathematics, computer science, or engineering at the community college or four-year college level or to conduct science or mathematics educational research at this level may be considered for the College Science or Mathematics Instructors focus. Applicants for this option must have a Master's degree in the subject matter to be taught or equivalent coursework with a grade average of B or better.

  • Potential doctoral students whose goal is to conduct science or mathematics educational research/evaluation in free-choice/non-formal learning environments or to be a leader in this arena may be considered for the Free-Choice/Non-Formal Learning Professional focus. Applicants would typically have a strong academic background in science, mathematics, computer science, or engineering and may have had work experience in museums, science centers, and other community-based organizations such as scouting, youth-serving organizations or zoos or aquaria.

These documents contain all the info you will need to know about this program.

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantships Application Guidelines:

Graduate Applications are due January 1st of the academic year prior to beginning the program. This deadline provide appropriate time for evaluation of applicants interested in being considered for Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA). Applicants must enclose a letter with the application indicating interest in one or both types of position.

This program follows a cohort model, therefore you can only apply for Fall term.

Due to a transition in this program, please begin your application early, it is a multiple step process.

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For more information:

Carol McKiel, carol.mckiel@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1546