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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.

    Areas of Research and Interest in Science or Mathematics Education Program
    • Science or mathematics education research involving cultural responsiveness and partnerships to bridge in and out-of-school learning.
    • Secondary and collegiate mathematics or science learning, teaching, leader development.
    • Cognitive, social, policy, and organizational factors influencing collegiate science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
    • Technological and digital tools for real-time research and evaluation across and among learning contexts.
    • Issues surrounding recruitment and retention of learners and educators in all aspects of informal science or math education.
    • Design and implementation of technologically mediated learning environments.
    There are three possible specializations:
    • Research on K-12 science and mathematics student learning and teacher preparation.
    • Research on community college/college level science and mathematic student learning and teaching.
    • Research on learning in and from free-choice learning environments in science and mathematics.

    Requirements

    Program Requirements:  The STEM program includes a core curriculum in quantitative and qualitative research, courses in a specialization and minor area, a practicum, and a dissertation. Additional research methods and elective courses as approved by the major professor (faculty advisor) and doctoral committee.  

    • Science or Mathematics Education – 112 minimum credits
    • Free Choice Learning – 115 minimum credits
    Specific applicant requirements for individual specializations:


    K-12 Science or Mathematics Education

    Potential doctoral students whose goal is to become a science or mathematics educational researcher or leader may be considered for the research on K-12 science and mathematics specialization. Typically, applicants are licensed or certified to teach science or mathematics at the elementary, middle, or high school level, and for optimal consideration have at least three years of teaching experience and/or supervisory experience.  3.0 GPA or better is required. Master's degree or equivalent coursework is highly recommended.

    Collegiate Science or Mathematics Education

    Potential doctoral students whose goal is to conduct science or mathematics educational research at the postsecondary level or to teach science, mathematics, computer science, or engineering at the community college or four-year college level may be considered for College Science or Mathematics Instructors specialization. 3.0 GPA or better is required. Master's degree in the subject matter to be taught or equivalent coursework highly recommended.

    Free-Choice Learning Environments

    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 specialization. Applicants would typically have a strong academic background in science, mathematics, computer science, or engineering and are encouraged to have had work experience in museums, science centers, and other community-based organizations such as scouting, youth-serving organizations or zoos or aquaria. 3.0 GPA or better is required. Master's degree or equivalent coursework is highly recommended. Learn more about free-choice learning.

    For more information:

    Carol McKiel, LEEP_STEM_PhD_Coordinator@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1546