The Education PhD with an option in Science/Mathematics (STEM) 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 STEM option 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/Mathematics Education Option
    • 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 and 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 focus areas:
    • Research on K-12 science and mathematics student learning and teacher preparation.
    • Research on college-level science and mathematics teaching and student learning.
    • Research on free-choice learning environments in science and mathematics.

    Requirements

    Option Requirements:  The STEM option 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/Mathematics Education – 112 minimum credits
    • Free Choice Learning – 115 minimum credits

    Specific applicant requirements for focus areas:


    K-12 Science/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 focus area. 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/Mathematics Education

    Potential doctoral students who aim 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 this focus area. 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 this focus area. Applicants would typically have a strong academic background in science, mathematics, computer science or engineering. They are encouraged to have work experience in museums, science centers, and other community-based organizations such as youth-serving organizations, 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.

     

    Funding:

    The College offers graduate assistantships, scholarships and fellowships for students applying to the PhD program. However, such funding is limited and awarded on a competitive basis. Students seeking a graduate assistantship or fellowship must apply to the program by December 1st. 

    College of Education scholarships and fellowships

    The College of Education scholarship deadline is early March annually (subject to change).

    Graduate School Awards

    Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Outside scholarships for Latino/Hispanic students

     

    For more information:

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