EdD in STEM Education

Become an equity-minded and innovation-driven leader of STEM education in K-12 schools and beyond.

Our EdD in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (STEM Education) is for teachers and educators who desire the skills and credentials needed to advance their practice-oriented careers.

The major is part of the school’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program, which has a variety of different majors to serve professionals from various fields.

The program offers a rigorous theoretical and practical orientation for scholar practitioners aspiring to become leaders in K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning. Our graduates hold 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.


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Program Facts

Degree Type

Doctor of Education (EdD)


84 credits
(24 transfer from your master's degree)



Time Commitment



3 years on average

Enrollment Term


Application Deadline

February 1

Admissions Requirements

No GRE Exam is required

Program Overview

The EdD major in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education is part of the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program at the University of Pittsburgh Pitt School of Education. The program aligns with School of Education’s mission to prepare students to be scholars, leaders, and change-makers in education and health, with a particular focus on equity and justice.

Earn Your Degree While Working

The program accommodates the schedules of working professionals and combines an online learning environment with monthly Saturday in-person sessions.

The Best of Online and Face-to-Face

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.

Built for Professionals

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.



The EdD program is a three-year program that consists of 60 new credits. Students transfer 24 credits from relevant graduate work.



Learning Experiences

The EdD curriculum is delivered in several stages, through a variety methods:

The EdD cohort participates in a full-day, on-campus, orientation in the spring before the summer start of the program.

The day includes opportunities to meet program faculty, EdD program information, and cohort-building activities as well as an introductory session with other students in your academic major.

Orientation typically takes place in March or April.

The EdD cohort will participate in a full-week, on-campus, experience that includes intense work focused on understanding enduring problems of practice in education, health, and human development.

This one-week experience typically takes place in June, and is a component of the first summer courses (Foundations 1 and Practitioner Inquiry 1).

You will experience a hybrid model of education through online course experiences and in-person, once per month (typically on Saturdays) sessions on the Pittsburgh campus.

Attendance at in-person, on campus sessions is required.

Degree Requirements

EdD students at the Pitt School of Education 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