University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs prepare students to be nationally competitive and highly qualified for research careers in both academic and non-academic institutions. Our full-time, research-intensive PhDs produce scholars who demonstrate excellent writing and research skills, independent scholarship and productivity, and proficiency in teaching. Under the guidance of our distinguished graduate faculty, students will have the opportunity to produce peer-reviewed publications, present at professional conferences, and collaborate on grant-writing and review, positioning them to excel in their careers as researchers and faculty. Because the PhDs are full-time, students can be fully immersed in their coursework and research in preparation for an impactful scholarly career.

Science Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD in Science Education is no longer accepting applications.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in science education is designed to (1) prepare professors of science in research-oriented universities; (2) teach science courses and/or guide the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers of science in those institutions; or (3) conduct research and development projects; and (4) serve as a graduate faculty member in the university. From the beginning of the program, students have opportunities to work with faculty in research activities, eventually developing their own lines of interest, which they pursue through the dissertation phase and beyond. Currently, potential areas of work include studying the use of curriculum resources by beginning teachers; applying research in the history and philosophy of science to understanding teaching and learning in secondary and tertiary educational settings; using discourse analysis frameworks to study teacher and student talk in math and science classrooms.

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