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Graduate Studies in Science Education

Graduate Studies in Science Education

The Science Education faculty offers a science education specialization as part of the M.Ed. Option in Teacher Leadership and in the M.A. thesis and non-thesis options. In addition, the faculty are developing a science emphasis track in the M.Ed. option for middle school teaching and learning. At the doctoral level, the faculty offers a science education specialization in the Ph.D. and Ed.D. program options. These options provide opportunities for professional study in both formal and non-formal settings of science education, at levels from elementary through university. Content area specializations include biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and environmental sciences.

There are currently three full-time faculty members, one of whom has a joint appointment in the Department of Physics, two affiliate professors (in Biology and Physics}, an emeritus professor, and several adjunct instructors. As a group they represent a wealth of K-16 teaching experience and a broad range of research interests and methodologies all shaped by a commitment to high quality science education for all students and to substantive interaction between research and teaching. Faculty interests and investigations include student diversity in science classes, meaningful integration of science with other school disciplines, teacher preparation and professional development, classroom scientific inquiry and discourse, science reading strategy comprehension, teachers' diagnoses of student thinking, and classroom assessment. The proximity to Washington D.C. offers opportunities for students to work with science educators at many of the national organizations located in the area.

Faculty advisors include Randy McGinnis, Ph.D. (University of Georgia), Diane Jass Ketelhut (Harvard University), Andrew Elby (University of California) and Daniel Levin (University of Maryland).

SCIENCE EDUCATION Specialization Area (Ph.D. and Ed.D. Options)

Department Core Requirements: (minimum 18 credits)
Science education doctoral students must meet the Department Core requirements, with one additional stipulation: Along with the departmental prerequisite of EDMS 645, in quantitative methods, science education doctoral students must also demonstrate basic competency in qualitative methods, at least to the level of EDCI 791.   

Science Education Core: (12 credits) 
The three core courses in science education are EDCI 670, 770, and 771; students choose at least one course beyond that sequence, such as EDCI 671, Teaching Science in Elementary School, 677, Computers in Science Education, special topics or other courses as approved by the advisor.

Electives:   (minimum 15 credits) 
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 these expectations.)

In addition 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.

Dissertation Research:  Minimum of 12 credits of EDCI 899 for PhD;
Minimum of 6 credits of EDCI 899 for EdD.