Ph.D. in Education

PhD in Education with Concentration in Science, Mathematics, and Educational Technology


The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Education a concentration in Science, Mathematics, and Educational Technology prepares students to contribute new knowledge to the field of science and math learning. The program defines science and math learning very broadly. This means that the program prepares students to take on a variety of roles in mathematics and science education. For example, students can focus on any aspect of teaching and learning inclusive of students, teachers and adult learners. However, because of our strategic location in North Philadelphia, we have a strong and demonstrated commitment to issues of teaching, learning, and schooling in urban contexts. Our work with doctoral students is grounded in our dual beliefs that education is a primary mechanism for social mobility and social justice and that educational research has the capacity to improve the material conditions of people’s lives. The doctoral program in Mathematics and Science Education prepares students in two ways: through academic coursework and through an intensive mentoring relationship with various faculty members.

Coursework emphasizes a broad knowledge of critical lines of inquiry in mathematics or science education and the development of research and analytic skills. It also provides students the opportunity to specialize in a variety of areas. Research opportunities include working alongside prominent faculty on federally funded projects, exposure and presentations at regional and national conferences, and co-authoring papers for publication in top-tiered journals. Thus, practice and research will be blended in a program that promotes both teaching and learning.

Core Faculty in Math and Science Education: Janelle Bailey (PhD, University of Arizona), Carol Brandt (PhD, University of New Mexico), Meixia Ding (PhD, Texas A & M University), Tim Fukawa-Connelly (PhD, University of Maryland), Doug Lombardi (PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Kristie Jones Newton (PhD, University of Maryland).
Affiliate Faculty in Math and Science Education: Julie Booth (Ph.D, Carnegie Mellon University), James Byrnes (Ph.D., Temple University), Avi Kaplan (Ph.D., University of Michigan).

Program Requirements

Required Course Work

  • College-wide core seminars (6 semester hours)
    • Contemporary Trends in Educational Research (3 semester hours)
    • Epistemology and Method in Educational Research (3 semester hours).
  • College-wide research courses (Minimum 15 semester hours)
  • Disciplinary concentration courses* (15 semester hours: see list below.)
  • Research Apprenticeship (6 semester hours)
  • College-wide elective courses (3-12 semester hours)
  • Culminating Courses (6 semester hours overall; minimum 2 semester hours of ED 9999)
    • Qualifying Exam (ED 9994)
    • Proposal Writing (ED 9998)
    • Dissertation Writing (ED 9999)

Refer to the PhD in Education Program Requirements for details.

*Concentration Courses (15 S.H.)

  • Foundations of Mathematics and Science Ed
  • Social Context in Mathematics and Science Education
  • Introduction to Research in Mathematics and Science Ed
  • Two more courses from a list of electives offered by concentration faculty.

How to Apply

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