The Ph.D. Program in Science Education at Purdue University is designed primarily for students who want to specialize in science teacher education and science education research. The program also serves students aiming to teach science in small liberal arts colleges or seeking supervisory posts in national, state, or local systems.
This program is comprised of coursework and other experiences in four major areas:
The program is highly individualized to meet the needs of a diverse graduate student body. The Ph.D. degree student, along with his or her committee, must design a program that fits the student’s background and aspirations. The following outline is meant to be a starting point in this design process.
Because students enter the Ph.D. degree program in Science Education at Purdue University with a wide range of science content backgrounds, it is essential that each student, in consultation with his/her committee, design an individualized program that will meet the student’s needs. Students and advisors should design a program that will help the student achieve the equivalent of a Master’s degree in one science discipline (e.g. biology, chemistry, earth science, physics) or involve significant work in an integrated science context.
In addition to their area of specialization, all Ph.D. degree students in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction should be able to demonstrate proficiency in three of the following areas of study: Philosophy, History, and Socio-cultural Foundation Research, Assessment and Evaluation Foundation Educational/Developmental Psychology Foundation
All Ph.D. degree students in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction must demonstrate research competency by completing the following course requirements* before embarking on their thesis project:
* A list of specific courses and/or proficiency requirements may be obtained from the student’s committee or from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Office.
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