in Science Education
The program in brief
pursing a doctorate in Science Education design a program in consultation
with their advisors, distributing work in four categories.
Department core requirements: 15 credits of courses
designed these requirements to provide students flexibility in tailoring
a program to their interests and needs, while at the same time
guiding them to address areas of concern for education in general and science
education in particular.
Science Education specialization requirements: 18 credits
of courses in
teaching and learning, and
Electives: 15 credits, in
in the elected area of concentration
Dissertation research: 12 credits of independent research.
technology, history and philosophy of science, and other cognate areas.
program in detail
Department Core Requirements: (minimum 15 credits)
(minimum 6 credits)
EDCI 684 Introduction to Field Methods in School and Community
EDCI 685 Research Methods
EDCI 692 Conducting Interpretative Inquiry in Classroom Contexts
EDMS 646 Quantitative Research Methods
EDMS 651 Intermediate Statistics
and Learning (minimum 6 credits)
EDCI 780 Theory and Research on Teaching, and courses outside the student's specialty area in curriculum
(EDCI 620, 621, 630, 640, 641, 650, 663, 680, 681) and theory and research
(EDCI 720, 730, 740, 741, 745, 750, 769, 783). Courses in other departments
also may satisfy this requirement, such as curriculum theory and cognition
courses in EDHD, EDPL, EDSP as approved by the Graduate Committee.
(minimum 3 credits)
EDCI 766 Urban Education. Courses in other departments also may
satisfy this requirement such as EDHD, EDPL and EDSP courses that address
issues of equity, cultural diversity, and the education of individuals with
exceptional needs, as approved by the Graduate Committee.
Science Education Specialization Requirements:
(minimum 18 credits)
Science education core sequence (9 credits)
Electives: (minimum 15 credits)
670 Trends in School Curriculum: Science
Foundations of Science Education
Theory and Research in Science Education
courses in science education (3-6 credits)
671 Teaching Science in Elementary School
Selected Topics in Science Teacher Education (various courses, 1-3 credits)
Courses in science education in other departments, as approved by the advisor.
research (3-6 credits)
Science education doctoral students must demonstrate basic competency in
both qualitative research (at least to the level of EDCI 684) and quantitative
research (at least to the level of EDMS 645).
planning a quantitative dissertation should take at least 3 credits of advanced
quantitative methods such as EDMS 651. (Note that EDMS 646 is a pre-requisite).
EDMS 626, 647, 651, 771, 722 also may be helpful.
planning a qualitative dissertation should take at least 3 credits of advanced
qualitative methods such as EDCI 692. EDPL 700, EDPL 737, HIST 601, ANTH
606 also may be helpful.
also may enroll in EDCI 798 (variable credits) for First or Second Year Research
Science education students elect a field of science for specialization.
We expect that, by the completion of their degree, all science education
doctoral students will have demonstrated graduate-level understanding in
that field. Students concentrating on K-8 science education should also
demonstrate a breadth of understanding, at the introductory level, across
other sciences. Students concentrating on secondary and college levels should
demonstrate masters-level understanding in their field of specialization.
(Some students may need to take more than 15 credits of courses to meet
to fulfilling the science content requirement, students may choose from courses
in cognition, technology, history and philosophy of science, and other cognate
areas. Students may also design their own independent studies in consultation
with their research advisors.
Research: At least 12 credits of EDCI 899 for PhD; 6 credits
Doctoral distribution requirements total to 60 credits. Coursework in
master degree programs may contribute to distribution requirements. The minimum
credit requirement is 52 beyond the master's degree.
For more information, please refer to the Department's graduate
degree requirements and to "A Guide for Students and Advisors" issued
by the Graduate Studies Office, College of Education, University of Maryland-College
Park. It is the student's responsibility to know and meet the requirements
of the University.
Science Teaching Center.
Last updated 12/19/02 by David