Texas Tech University

STEM Specialization

Program Description

The Ph.D. 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, research, and evaluate STEM education 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 immerse student scholars in STEM education research by exploring and critically evaluating foundational and current issues in STEM education, examining methodological approaches, analyzing and interpreting research data and information, and applying research competences to produce scholarly work. STEM education graduates' research conducted in this program may transform formal and informal P-20 STEM education communities.

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Degrees Offered

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Offered: face-to-face or 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

The Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction requires a completed master's degree in the field of education or cognate areas of study from an accredited higher education institution in the United States or equivalent higher education institution in another country.

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.

  • Due to ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School has temporarily changed its admission requirements regarding test scores. The GRE may optionally be submitted by applicants for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years, through the Summer 2024 application cycle. International applicants may use certain alternate exams in place of the TOEFL. Please visit the Graduate Admissions COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

Semester in which the program can be started

Fall 2023

Application deadline: December 1st, 2022

Estimated Hours to Completion

63 hours of coursework.

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.


Chance WebbAcademic Advisor / AdmissionsOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentgradadmissions.educ@ttu.edu 806-834-6768


Fast Facts

  • Delivery: Face-to-Face or Online
  • Hours to Completion: 63
  • Doctoral applications for Fall 2023 have closed. The application portal for Fall 2024 will open in the spring of 2023.