Ph.D. in Education Program: Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development Concentration with Specialization in Science Education

    Program Overview

    The GRE test requirement for applications to begin the Ph.D. in Education program in fall 2022 has been waived, except for those applying to the Statistics and Measurement concentration. The GRE is still a requirement for applying to the Ph.D. in Education specialization in Statistics and Measurement within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development (LCID) concentration.

    The Science Education specialization within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development (LCID) concentration prepares students to conduct research surrounding the learning and teaching of science within different scientific disciplines. The specialization requires students to possess and develop a deep understanding of the discipline-specific content knowledge, as well as the discipline-specific methodologies through which this knowledge is developed. Ph.D. in Education candidates who wish to pursue this specialization and study 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. 

    The Science Education specialization is intended for students desiring a research-oriented doctoral experience. Faculty and doctoral students within this specialization at the GSE are currently studying the 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 the development of scientific epistemologies.  Expert faculty advisors at the GSE will mentor Ph.D. in Education candidates in the Science Education specialization within the LCID concentration and guide them in developing the broad base of knowledge and research skills needed to design and investigate methods of improving learning and teaching in various learning environments. Through the completion of their dissertation, students in this specialization will propose, investigate, and report on a research question of their own in the field of science education. 

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    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Dec 1

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall

    Program Level

    Doctoral

    Program Type

    Degree

    Format

    On-Campus

    Credits

    72

  • What You’ll Learn

    Students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Education Program and LCID Concentration can expect to exit with the ability to think critically about a wide range of the central theories on learning, conduct high-quality original research, communicate and share research effectively, and teach at the university level. Through completion of courses required for the Science Education Specialization, students will develop a thorough understanding and expertise in one particular domain. They should exit the program with a broad knowledge of the literature in the field and an appreciation of the range of research methods that have been used to advance it. Completion of the program will require the student to complete a dissertation, including a proposal that describes research questions and the methods used to study them. Then the student carries out the investigation to explore those questions and later presents their findings.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements
    • 72 Graduate Course Credits
      •       6 Credits – Proseminars
      •     12 Credits – Methodology Requirement Courses
      •       6 Credits – Cognate Courses
      •       6 Credits – Pre-Thesis Research (Independent Study Courses)
      •     18 Credits – Science Education Courses
      •     24 Credits – Dissertation Research
    • Qualifying Exam
      • After completing 24 credits of coursework, including 12 toward completion of the Ph.D. in Education requirements, students may take the qualifying exam. This open-book essay exam will assess the student’s knowledge of the subject area, capacity to conduct research, and competence in the specified area of research. The qualifying exam must be passed before the student completes their fourth year in the program.
    • Dissertation 
      • Each candidate for the doctorate pursues, under faculty direction, an original investigation of a problem or problems in a field of concentration and presents the results of the investigation in a dissertation. This doctoral work is completed in 24 credits of coursework. Students are expected to complete a proposal that describes research questions and the methods used to study them. Then the student carries out the investigation to explore those questions.

    The Ph.D. in Education requires students to complete 48 credits of graduate level coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. Students will take pre-thesis courses designed to enhance their ability to conduct scholarly research, and can expect to receive support from their faculty advisor and other Ph.D. in Education faculty as appropriate. Prior to enrollment in the pre-thesis courses, students may be required to submit a Pre-thesis Research Form in the program’s learning management tool, Sakai. As part of the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration, students must also earn six of the 18 required specialty course credits through completion of classes outside the faculty advisor’s specialty. 

  • Faculty
  • Careers and Outcomes

    Graduates of the Ph.D. in Education Program are expected to influence educational practice in the United States and abroad through original research efforts, thereby contributing to the advancement of knowledge in education, discovering exemplary educational practices, and contributing to local and national educational policy. GSE graduates most commonly go on to conduct research in higher education, policy organizations, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations concerned with education.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Official Graduate Transcripts
    • Official GRE Scores*
    • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (optional)
    • Sample of Academic Writing (optional)

    For more information on this program’s admissions requirements, visit the Office of the Graduate and Professional Admissions website.

    *Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline.

  • How to Apply
    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance

    Tuition

    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.  

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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