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