Program Overview

Texas Tech University's College of Education offers a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Science Education, which enables place-bound professional educators the opportunity to advance their education. This hybrid program includes online courses and face-to-face summer intensive sessions to prepare professional educators to become university science educators, science education leaders in the K-12 setting, or state leaders in science education. 

This PhD in Curriculum and Instruction program with a specialization in science education is designed to produce graduates who can make a difference in science education at the local, state, national or international level. This program will provide students with skills in science education researcher, school-based science education change agent, advocate for science education policy and practice, science teacher leader, and global science educator.

For each of these five outcomes, students will produce a signature product as part of their coursework. For example, as a global science educator, students will produce instruction that involves students collaborating internationally in their science study and write about this product for publication. 

The majority of the 66 hours of coursework will be completed online, but students will be required to attend as a group three intensive two-week mid-July sessions in 2013, 2014 and 2015 on the Lubbock campus of Texas Tech University and national conferences of the National Science Teachers Association (April 2013 in San Antonio), Association for Science Teacher Education (January 2014 in San Antonio), and National Association for Research in Science Teaching (2015 at TBA). Students must be committed to completing a predetermined set of courses as part of a cohort. Additionally, students will be expected to complete coursework and additional expectations as outlined in the program requirements.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Requirements

    • A master's degree from an accredited institution in science education or closely related field such as curriculum and instruction, elementary, middle or secondary education, or a science field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Completed a graduate course in each of three areas: curriculum, instruction and diversity.
    • An acceptable set of GRE scores.
    • At least three years of successful K-12 science teaching in a public or private school and/or an informal science setting by the start of their first course in the program.
    • A minimum of three references from professionals in the field of education. At least one of the references must speak to the strength of the applicant as a science teacher.

    School Overview

    Texas Tech University is a public, 4-year institution located in Lubbock, Texas. The school was founded in 1923 and today is the leading institution of the Texas Tech University System. TTU is the only university in the state of Texas to house an undergraduate institution, law school, and medical school all in the same location.

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