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EdD in Science Education

The EdD in Science Education emphasizes broad and deep familiarity with the research literature in science education and closely related theoretical and practical fields, and the development of skills necessary to make original and important contributions to research. Many of our EdD students are part-time, but because they vary greatly in academic and experiential backgrounds, and have a variety of career goals, the required coursework is flexible and each program is personalized.

As a doctoral student, you are likely to work with nearly all of the faculty either in courses or on research projects. One of the most important aspects of the doctoral program is the close relationship you develop with a major professor, who typically serves as research mentor not just for your final dissertation study but also in navigating the world of science teaching, science education research, and science teacher education.


  1. Learn from international leaders in science education research
  2. Most students are part-time and hold full-time teaching jobs
  3. Take required classes in the evening and over the summer
  4. Flexible requirements fit a variety of career goals


Most students entering our doctoral program hold a graduate degree in science education or a science field, although this is not necessary for admission. We offer all required courses in the evening during the academic year or during the summer. Full-time students may also take courses outside of the field of science education at more traditional meeting times.

Through our program, you will participate in courses that are:

  • Specifically for doctoral students
  • Focused on educational research methodology
  • Centered on the psychological and social foundations of education

You will also conduct research into pressing issues surrounding the field of education. With the exception of required courses and research / teaching experiences, your coursework is flexible and personalized. You and your faculty committee will co-design your experience, taking into account your previous graduate-level coursework, career goals, and special interests.

Your EdD in Science Education coursework may include:

Graduate-level science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth / space sciences

Science education

  • Science supervision, mentoring, and induction
  • Inquiry of eco-justice issues
  • History and theory of science education
  • Science curriculum theory and practice
  • Teaching and learning in mathematics and science
  • Science teacher education (theory and practice)

Social foundations of education

  • International science education
  • Multicultural education research
  • Science studies and science education

Research methodology

  • Educational measurement
  • Qualitative and/or quantitative methodology

Internships and seminars

  • Research internship in science education
  • Teaching internship in science education

You will conclude the program with a comprehensive examination, prospectus, and dissertation.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal .


Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the EdD in Science Education

Admission to the doctoral program in science education normally requires a minimum of three years of teaching experience. A previous graduate degree in science education or in a scientific field is common but not required. A GRE score report is required for admission to the Science Education Program, which should be submitted directly to the Graduate School.

In addition to the Graduate School application, please submit the following directly via email to the graduate coordinator :

  1. Statement of research interests
  2. Academic writing sample
  3. An interview (in person or via distance technology) with the program’s doctoral admissions committee

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to communicate with members of the faculty who share their areas of research interest but may not currently be a member of the admissions committee.

Deadline to Apply

April 1 (summer and fall), November 1 (spring)

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Additional Resources

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Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

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Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

EdD students may choose to study full-time, in which case they may qualify for a graduate assistantship appointment that includes both a tuition waiver and a cash stipend. Assistantship duties may require teaching, research, or a combination.

Part-time EdD students typically need about twice as many years to complete their degree as full-time students. Usually, they finish their coursework in approximately four years.

We encourage our EdD students to present at national and international conferences such as those held by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Association for Science Teacher Education, and American Educational Research Association. Presentations often result in journal publications co-authored by faculty or other doctoral students.

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