Texas Tech University

Global PRiSE

Program Description

Texas Tech University's College of Education offers a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in STEM Education, known as Global PRiSE, which enables place-bound professional STEM educators the opportunity to advance their education. This hybrid program includes online courses and face-to-face summer intensive sessions to prepare professional educators to become university STEM educators, STEM education leaders in the EC-12 setting, or local, state or national leaders in STEM education.

The Global PRiSE PhD in C&I with specialization in STEM education is for EC-12 formal and informal educators in science, technology, engineering or mathematics or a combination of two or more of those areas. This hybrid program is not geared for post-secondary faculty in any of the STEM fields such as mathematics, biology or engineering.

The program's Global PRiSE name is derived from its two key student outcomes of becoming global STEM educators and pragmatic researchers in STEM education (PRiSE) who are researchers, change agents and advocates for sound STEM education policy.

Program Handbook

Degrees Offered

PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.

Offered: Blended Delivery - Coursework is online with two weeks on campus required each of the program's first three summers and attendance as a cohort at a relevant professional conference each of the first three years of the program.

A PhD in C&I with specialization in STEM education is also offered on-campus for EC-12 and post-secondary STEM educators. (Texas Tech also offers on-campus a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in STEM Education.)

Career Opportunities With This Degree

A Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction may prepare you to work as a teacher, trainer, or education researcher. The degree can also lead to work in academia, government and business. It can also lead to a teaching career at the university level. If you are an EC-12 teacher, a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction may provide opportunities for leadership roles as curriculum and instructional leaders in your school or district. This degree will provide coursework in research methods, statistics, and policy. These areas are highly valued in government agencies and businesses. Large corporations often have their own education departments and have needs for curriculum designers and trainers.

Application Materials

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

GRE Scores, Resume, Three Professional Recommendations, Applicant Statement, Writing Sample. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.

Applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited institution in STEM education or closely related field such as curriculum and instruction, elementary, middle or secondary education, or a STEM field. Applicants must have had at least three years of successful K-12 STEM teaching in a public or private school and/or an informal STEM setting such as a zoo by the start of their first course in the program.

Visit the Graduate Application Process page for more information.

GRE Scores

This program requires official GRE scores. Scores must no more than five years old at the time of application. Official GRE scores must be sent from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Texas Tech Graduate School. To register for the examination please visit the GRE Testing website. Texas Tech University's code is 6827.

Semester in which the program can be started

Fall 2019 for the online cohort

Estimated Hours to Completion

The program consists of 30 hours of acceptable transfer graduate courses and 66 hours as part of the program to make a total of 96 hours. The 66 hours include 54 hours of coursework over three years plus 12 hours of dissertation.

Allowable Transfer Hours

30 allowable transfer hours, at advisor's discretion.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and assistantships for doctoral students are available through the office of graduate education and research in the College of Education.

Tuition & Fees

Visit the Student Business Services website to estimate your costs.


Brianna Sanchez
Academic Advisor

Dr. Shirley Matteson