Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Science Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Science Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


The specialization in Science Education within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration prepares students to conduct research about the learning and teaching of science within different scientific disciplines. Such research involves a deep understanding of the discipline-specific content knowledge as well as the discipline-specific methodologies through which this knowledge is developed.

Thus, those who wish to pursue studies in biology education should be well versed in the content and methods of biology, while those who wish to pursue studies in physics education need to be knowledgeable of physics content and methods. This specialization is intended for students desiring a research-oriented doctoral experience.

Our specialization faculty have scientific expertise in the following areas:

  • design of STEM learning environments;
  • science teacher preparation;
  • learning progressions in science;
  • epistemic and metacognitive reasoning in science;
  • modeling and argumentation in science learning; and
  • development of scientific epistemologies.


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Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education requires 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. All students in the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration take a common set of courses, accumulating 18 credits within the concentration, of which 6 credits must be classes within the concentration but outside the faculty adviser’s specialty.

A complete listing of degree requirements is available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Eugenia Etkina.