Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis in Science Education
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, including:
- Models of science teaching and learning,
- Models of science learning environment design,
- Models of teacher preparation and renewal and
- 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 also 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.
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Emphasis: Science Education
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.
Credit Hours: 64
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Frequently Asked Questions
I still have further questions—who can I contact to help me answer those?
Please feel free to contact our Graduate Advising Office with any questions you may have. Our office information can be found at https://tlac.tamu.edu/student-services/graduate-advising.
Can you guide me through the application process?
Please visit our web page at https://tlac.tamu.edu/admissions/masters-admissions or https://tlac.tamu.edu/admissions/doctoral-admissions for step-by-step information about applying for our master’s and doctoral programs.
How to Apply: Master’s Application Information | Doctoral Application Information
How soon can I apply?
Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible!
I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?
Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.
Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?
Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance through the Office of Graduate Studies Financial Aid at https://financialaid.tamu.edu/graduate.
What are the typical program costs?
You can base the cost of attendance on 64 graduate credit hours (for doctoral students). The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Cost of attendance estimator
Is the GRE required?
GRE is only required for Ed.D. applicants.