Science/Mathematics Education

Education PhD students in the Science/Mathematics option prepare for careers in both academic and applied settings. This option fosters theory-based knowledge and skills through research experience. The option’s goal is to develop researcher-scholars in the fields of science and mathematics education who are committed to, and understand how to support, lifelong equitable and just science and mathematics learning in a variety of settings with diverse learners and families. Graduates are prepared to contribute to the body of knowledge describing and analyzing learning in a variety of settings, teacher education, educational technology, professional development, free-choice/non-formal education, and college teaching.

The Science/Mathematics option is designed for students with a variety of academic backgrounds including, but not limited, to the sciences, mathematics, engineering, agriculture, environmental sciences, forestry, fisheries and wildlife, oceanography, ecology, and science and mathematics education. Students in the Science/Mathematics Education option benefit from interdisciplinary connections to STEM units across OSU as well as from collaborations with faculty and students in the other options in the Education PhD program. Students also have the opportunity to participate in mentored teaching and research experiences.

Faculty members in the Science/Mathematics option include:



The Education PhD with the Science/Mathematics Option requires a minimum of 112 credits, including the Education PhD Core Curriculum and required research content coursework within the Science/Mathematics option:

  • SED 607 Seminar (taken Fall, Winter, Spring terms, second year, 1 credit/term)
  • SED 611 Survey of Research on Teaching (3 credits)
  • SED 613 Learning Theory (3 credits)
  • SED 621 Survey of Research on Learning (3 credits)
  • SED 623 Curriculum Theory (3 credits)
  • SED 625 Critical Pedagogy (3 credits)

(Content courses are offered in a two-year rotation)

This option follows a cohort model. Applications only accepted for fall term. 



Martha Ahrendt, Program Lead

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