Four strands of inquiry are woven into the various graduate courses. These strands emphasize faculty members' expertise and interests while reflecting the current research agenda of the program area.
Strands include 1) models of science teaching and learning, 2) models of science learning environment design, 3) models of teacher preparation and renewal and 4) models of engagement with scientists.
Many of the science education courses use innovative technologies in their design, including Web-based community portals, distance technologies, and hand-held data-collection devices. The program offers Master of Science (M.S.) (thesis) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) (non-thesis) degrees. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are available for students who are seeking a research as well as a teaching emphasis and college or university faculty positions. The TLAC department often has funding to support full-time Ph.D. students.
Students work closely with their advisors to develop an individualized program of study that best suits the student's career goals while satisfying the core requirements of the department. Funding opportunities exist for full-time Ph.D. students to teach undergraduate teacher preparation courses, to do research with individual professors in shared areas of interest, and to work on sponsored projects offering opportunities such as professional development experiences for science teachers and innovative teaching interventions for K–16 students.
Note: This is not a teacher certification program
To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the TLAC department and Texas A&M University. Ph.D. applications require a minimum GRE score of 305 with a 140 verbal minimum and a 148 quantitative minimum.