Discipline Based Education Research

The program requires 60 semester hours beyond the master's degree. Additionally, by completion of the doctorate, the coursework must include either a master's degree or its equivalent coursework in the chosen STEM discipline (this applies if the master's degree is in Education or another related field). In consultation with the student's graduate committee, a plan of study will be developed to ensure that the student has a strong background in

  • discipline-based educational research at the undergraduate level,
  • curriculum, teaching, learning, and assessment, and
  • content expertise within a discipline.

Students enrolled in program must maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0 both within the content area and STEM courses. If the GPA in either component should drop below 3.0, then the student is placed on academic probation within the program for the following semester. If at the end of that semester the GPA remains below 3.0, the student is subject to dismissal from the program.

Core Didactic Courses (9 SH):
STEM 810Teaching College Science3
STEM 820STEM Curriculum and Instruction3
STEM 830Research Methods in STEM Education3
Educational Research Seminar (continuing enrollment throughout program, each Fall & Spring semester)
EDUC 790Graduate Seminar1
Elective Graduate Courses in STEM Discipline and/or STEM Education18
(minimum of 18 SH, to meet minimum of 27 SH coursework requirement)
Didactic courses selected with approval of the graduate committee to strengthen preparation in the STEM discipline, educational research, and/or in education.
Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 9 credits)
Doctoral Dissertation

Core Faculty

John Buncher, Physics & STEM Education

Danielle Condry, Microbiology & STEM Education

Warren Christensen, Physics & STEM Education

Mila Kryjevskaia, Physics & STEM Education

Alexey Leontyev, Chemistry & STEM Education

Jennifer Momsen, Biology & STEM Education Ph.D. Program Director

Lisa Montplaisir, Biology & STEM Education

James Nyachwaya, Chemistry, Education, & STEM Education

Katie Wissman, Psychology & STEM Education