Ph.D. in Science Education

Doctor of Philosophy
Classroom, Field
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 9124 Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy
Age Restriction: N Admission status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom, field Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives  

The doctor of philosophy program is designed to provide increased competence in science, science education and research. Recipients gain the appropriate knowledge and skills for positions in college and university science education programs; teaching, administration and supervisory posts in state and local school systems; positions teaching science in community colleges, liberal arts colleges and introductory science courses in universities; and as research directors in science education.

The focus of the Ph.D. is typically theoretical, and dissertation research is oriented for the student going into a university graduate teaching and research setting.

Admission Requirements

An applicant to the doctoral program in science education must have a master's degree in a field of science, technology, aeronautics or science education, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Although not required, at least three years' teaching experience is also highly recommended. An applicant with a major technical area in aeronautics must also have FAA certification and enough practical experience to qualify as a professional in the aviation field.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 42 credit hours beyond the master's degree is required to earn the doctoral degree. These credit hours include the following core courses that must be taken at Florida Tech (exceptions may be considered only through a written petition to be reviewed by the department's graduate faculty).

  • EDS 5070 Educational Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes sampling procedures, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, estimation of variability, the normal distribution, differences between two groups, analysis of variance and correlation. Also includes nonparametric techniques, multivariate techniques and computer analysis of educational data.
  • EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes research skills and related competencies involved in the planning, conducting and reporting of applied research studies of the type required for a graduate degree.
  • EDS 5203 Theories and Trends in Education
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an overview of human development and learning. Topics include behavioral, social and cognitive learning theories. Emphasizes the application and implications of these theories to educational practice. Includes student review of research articles and other publications that relate to human development and learning theories.
  • EDS 6070 Statistics for Educational Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes multiple regression/correlation methods, multivariate techniques and computer analysis of educational data.

Additionally, students must satisfactorily complete three semester credit hours of Readings in Educational Research (EDS 6000) and three semester credit hours of Research Practicum (EDS 6010). The remainder of the requirements include at least 18 semester credit hours of Dissertation (EDS 6999), at least six semester credit hours of electives and completion of the major technical area requirement.


General degree requirements are presented in the Academic Overview section.


Major Technical Area Requirement
A minimum of 21 master's degree-eligible semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree must be taken in a chosen major technical area that includes aeronautics, biology, chemistry, computer information systems, computer science, engineering, environmental science, oceanography/earth science, physics or space science and systems, or psychology. These may include courses from previous graduate degrees as well as courses taken as part of the Ph.D. program and must include Legal and Ethical Issues in Aviation (AVM 5101) if the major technical area is aeronautics.

Comprehensive Examination Requirement
Written comprehensives and oral comprehensives must be completed in the same semester. The doctoral comprehensive examinations are given in the last full week of September and January.