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The PhD 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. Because doctoral students vary greatly in academic and experiential backgrounds and have a variety of career goals, the guidelines for required coursework are 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.

Program Highlights

  1. Individualized course of study
  2. Program requires rigorous research experiences as well as hands-on service and policy experiences


Along with doctoral-level core and elective science education courses, you will study two different areas of educational research methodology, and the psychological and social foundations of education. Courses are typically offered in the evening, although full-time students may take advantage of a wider variety of courses offered throughout the day.

Your coursework typically includes:

  • Graduate-level study in a science field
  • Science teacher induction
  • Multicultural science education
  • History of science education
  • Science curriculum
  • Teaching and learning
  • Science teacher education
  • Philosophy of science
  • Qualitative/quantitative research methods
  • Research and teaching internships

Coursework is flexible and personalized, designed by you and your faculty committee by taking into account your graduate-level course background, career goals, and interests. Most of our doctoral students hold a previous graduate degree in science education or in a science field, although this is not required for admission. These students normally take fewer courses before concentrating on the dissertation research project.

The University of Georgia has one of the largest and most respected groups of science education faculty in the world. All of these prominent researchers teach doctoral courses and direct doctoral dissertation studies.

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 PhD 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

November 1 (spring), April 1 (summer or fall) Applying for a graduate assistantship? Apply by November 1 for fullest consideration.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

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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Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

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.

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Student Life

Student Life

Most PhD students are full-time and hold a graduate assistantship appointment that includes both a tuition waiver and a cash stipend. Assistantship duties may include teaching, research, or a combination, and are between 13 and 20 hours a week.

We expect our PhD students to participate in national and international conferences, such as the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, the Association for Science Teacher Education, and the American Educational Research Association. Conference presentations usually result in refereed journal publications before graduation, with most students progressing to first authorship.

Students who maintain employment as full-time teachers may earn the PhD (vs. EdD) degree if they study unusually intensively for at least one year in order to satisfy the UGA Graduate School's PhD residency requirement.

Nearly all full-time students graduate in three or four years, while part-time students typically require a significantly longer time period.

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