This is a research focused doctoral degree for individuals with experience and deep interest in either formal science education (e.g., classrooms, schools, school districts or professional development) or informal science education (e.g., museums, aquaria, outdoor experience). The degree requires students to successfully complete written and oral qualifying examinations along with the defense of a dissertation from an original research study that contributes to the field of science education.
Students work closely with a faculty mentor of their choice in science education who has an established program of research. In addition, students work collaboratively as a team with all of the faculty and other graduate students in the science education program. When applying to the program, applicants are encouraged to review the research interests of all program faculty in order to determine the degree of fit with their personal interests.
Doctoral students are encouraged to teach at least one course during their program of study in the masters or undergraduate programs and/or supervise pre-service teachers for at least one semester. Such supervised teaching experiences include financial support and/or course credit. Applicants who are interested in teaching as a means of financial support should indicate their interest in a Teaching Assistantship on their applications.
A full-time residency is highly recommended with students spending at least two consecutive academic semesters (Fall/Spring) as full-time students in residence at the University of Florida. Minimum enrollment is 9 credit hours for a full-time student on an assistantship and 12 hours for a full-time student not on an assistantship.
Area of Specialization
12-15 credits in science education or educational technology
Content Area Specialization
12-15 credits of upper level/graduate science content coursework (preferably courses with a laboratory or field experience component)
History/Philosophy of Science
3-6 credits in history of science and/or philosophy of science
6 credits in curriculum or foundations including psychological, social, or historical foundations
6 credits of doctoral seminars in the School of Teaching & Learning
12 credits of educational research coursework in qualitative or quantitative research
12-24 credits of supervised dissertation research