Texas Tech University

STEM Specialization

Program Description

The PhD. in Curriculum and Instruction focuses on curricular issues as a field of inquiry and develops strengths in the areas of understanding and addressing the complex and multiple questions that influence curriculum theory, design, development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation. The primary goal of this program is to prepare curriculum leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners.

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction program with a concentration in STEM education is designed to produce graduates who can "make a difference" in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at the local, state, national or international level with skills as a pragmatic STEM education researcher and a global STEM education.

Degrees Offered

PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.

Offered: face-to-face or fully online

Career Opportunities With This Degree

A Ph.D in Curriculum & Instruction opens a wide array of opportunities within the education field and our students have a variety of educational interests. The STEM concentration can qualify you for university STEM education positions and for some STEM specialist positions in K-12.

Application Materials

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate 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 by the start of their first course in the program.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

GRE Scores

This program requires official GRE scores. Scores must no more than 5 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

Application deadline: April 15th, 2019

Estimated Hours to Completion

The program consists 93-96 hours of coursework.

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

Use the Student Business Services Tuition Estimator to estimate your costs.


Brandi Stephens
Academic Advisor