Graduate Programs


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Science Education

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 has rolling admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.



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Program Requirements

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This program is comprised of coursework and other experiences in four major areas:

  • Science Education Studies
  • Science Content
  • Curriculum and Instruction Foundations Departmental Core
  • Educational Research Design

Science Education Requirements

  • EDCI 51700, Survey of Science Education (3cr.)
  • EDCI 51800, The Nature of Science in Science Teaching (3cr.)
  • EDCI 51000, Research Colloquium in Science Education (1 cr.)
  • EDCI 69500, Internship in Science Education (3cr.)
  • Science Education: Select two courses from: EDCI 56700, EDCI 60500, EDCI 61800, EDCI 61900, EDCI 62200

Science Education Elective Requirement

  • Select two courses from:
    • EDCI 50600
    • EDCI 51600
    • EDCI 53900
    • EDCI 55800
    • EDCI 56700
    • EDCI 59100
    • EDCI 60500
    • EDCI 61800
    • EDCI 61900
    • EDCI 62000
    • CHM 61000

Science Content Requirement

Depending on prior science coursework and professional experience, at least 9 credits science content

Curriculum and Instruction Foundations

  • EDCI 62800, C&I Doctoral Seminar I
  • EDCI 63800, C&I Doctoral Seminar II
  • EDCI 58500, Multicultural Education
  • C&I Elective (3cr.)

Educational Research Design

  • EDPS 53300, Introduction to Research in Education or equivalent
  • EDCI 61500, Qualitative Research I
  • Introductory Statistics (STAT 50100 or STAT 51100)
  • Advanced Elective (EDCI 61600 or quantitative method)
  • EDPS 63000, Research Seminar

Science Education Research

  • EDCI 69900, Research PhD Thesis

*Please note that depending on prior coursework additional courses in EDCI and/or EDPS may be required.


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Continuing Lecturer Science EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 496-6647
Executive Director, Indiana GEAR UP & Assistant Research Professor Agroecology & Science EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 496-1862
Director CATALYST & Professor Science EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 496-2859 Work Phone: (765) 496-2923
Work Phone: (765) 494-9635
Associate Professor & 150th Anniversary Professor Science EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-0711
Associate Professor Engineering Education, Science EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-7512 Website: Personal Website Website: Research Website
Associate Professor Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, CATALYSTCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-6897 Website: Curriculum Vitae


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