EdD in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Responding to the needs of individuals looking to advance their careers, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education offers a Doctor of Education (EdD) program that serves professionals from various fields through interdisciplinary and practical experiences.

The STEM major is intended for teachers and educators who desire the skills and credentials needed to advance their practice-oriented careers. It offers a rigorous theoretical and practical orientation for scholar practitioners aspiring to become leaders in K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning, in positions such as district STEM curriculum supervisor, faculty member at a teaching-focused university, director of STEM education in informal education settings (e.g., environmental education center), or district leader in the STEM fields of science or mathematics.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Three years over 10 terms of study
  • Time Commitment: Part-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Summer 
    • The first summer term includes a week-long on-ramp experience, plus four Saturday classes spread across the summer months.
  • Course Requirements: 84 credits, including 24 credits transferred from relevant graduate work 
  • Application Deadline: February 1 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required

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Program Details

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is one of the majors of the Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the Pitt School of Education. The program accommodates the schedules of working professionals and combines an online learning environment with monthly Saturday in-person sessions. There is a hybrid course delivery model, including a one-day welcome and information event, a week-long intensive on-ramp experience in the first summer, cross-disciplinary practitioner inquiry and foundations courses, and an internship.

The EdD helps graduates advance within their professional areas of practice. This is in contrast to our PhD, which is a full-time program that helps to prepare graduates for research-oriented careers and/or working as faculty within research and doctoral granting universities.


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Degree Requirements

EdD students complete 10 requirements that are embedded in coursework, including a practitioner inquiry project.


The EdD requires applicants to have 24 credits of relevant graduate work to transfer from a source institution with a B (3.0) or higher according to University policy.

Candidates for the program must have a master’s degree in a related field, as well as education-related work experience and an experience in or aspirations for a leadership position. 

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Career Pathways

Graduates of the STEM major are leaders who are scholar-practitioners, and they work in positions including:

  • Leaders in K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning
  • District curriculum supervisor
  • Faculty members at teaching-focused universities
  • District leaders in the STEM fields