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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