Texas Tech University

Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction

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 Overview

  • 66 credit hours - with approved 30 hours from Masters Degree
  • Online program with face-to-face summer meetings.
  • Cohort students follow a predetermined schedule of courses. Course rotation varies by cohort.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University.

Application Process

This program follows a cohort model. Applications for the cohort starting classes for credit in fall 2018 may be submitted on or after August 1, 2017. Review of completed applications for fall 2018 will begin on February 1, 2018 and continue until that cohort is filled. A free, non-credit, completely online program orientation will occur in summer 2018; but apply for fall 2018, not summer 2018.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School as a master's student. When asked to select a major, be sure to choose the degree entry that corresponds to your area of interest, followed by the word online.
    • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.
    • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
    • Applicants must have unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu. If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit official transcripts.
    • The admissions process is viewed holistically by the College of Education and the Graduate School, so there is no stated minimum GRE or GPA requirement. Learn more.
    • All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. A list of acceptable exams can be found on the Graduate School International Prospective Student webpage. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country, are also exempt from the English proficiency requirement.
  2. Apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education.
    • Apply through the College of Education.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships and College of Education Graduate Scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more about Student status..
  4. Upon your acceptance into the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, (806) 742-1998, ext. 436, for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.
    • The Graduate School and the College of Education will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.
    • If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, (806) 742-1998, ext. 436, for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.

Interested in taking only one or two courses? Use Texas Tech University's Graduate Temporary Status to apply and take as many as 12 credit hours without completing the application process to a degree program.

Program Requirements

Prerequisites

Applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited institution in STEM, science, technology, engineering or mathematics education or closely related field such as curriculum and instruction, elementary, middle or secondary education, mathematics or a science field.

By the start of their first course in the program, applicants must have had at least three years of successful teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or a combination of two or more of these fields in a public or private school at the elementary, middle and/or secondary level or an informal setting, such as a zoo or museum.

Applicants must have completed undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in their STEM field (one or more of the sciences, mathematics, engineering or technology) consistent with their intended focus level after graduation. For example, applicants intending to work with secondary mathematics teachers are expected to have a stronger mathematics background than those who plan to work with elementary mathematics teachers.

Prerequisites not completed at the time of admission must be completed by the end of the second year of doctoral study.

Course Requirements

In order to achieve the outcomes of this doctoral program in STEM education, students will complete 66 hours of coursework as follows:

Year One 

Fall -- Year One
ESTM 6377 Global STEM Education (3)
Make up one course deficiency, if needed.
Spring -- YEAR ONE
ESTM 6370 Research in STEM Education (3)
EDCI 5306 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction: Quantitative Methods I (3)
Attend national conference of ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) 
Summer -- YEAR ONE
EDCI 5306 Fundamentals of eLearning in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
EDCI 6331 John Dewey
ESTM 6373 Advanced Theory of Inquiry in STEM Education (3)
Typically one of the three summer courses is taught in the first five weeks of the summer term, a second course is taught in the second five weeks, and a third course extends across the ten weeks of the summer term.
Attend a two week session (dates TBA in July) for the face-to-face portion of coursework and advising about the doctoral program.

Year Two 

Fall -- year two
EDCI 6306 Quantitative Methods in Curriculum and Instruction II (3)
ESTM 6378 Applications of Global Science Education
Spring -- year two
ESTM 6372 Applied Assessment in STEM Education

Make up one course deficiency, if needed.


Attend Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) or Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) national conference, typically on a Thursday-Saturday in January (ASTE) or February (AMTE) at a site TBA.

Summer -- year two
ESTM 6371 Effective Policy Advocacy in STEM Education (3)
EDCI 5386 Constructivist Inquiry Methods (3)
ESTM 6374  International STEM Education Assessment, Policy and Practice (3)
Attend a two week session (dates TBA in July) for the face-to-face portion of coursework and advising about the doctoral program.

Year Three 

Fall -- year three
ESTM 6375 Staff Development in Science Education (3)
EDCI 6382 Advanced Field Methods as Constructivist Inquirer (3)
Spring -- year three
EDCI 6393 Advanced Practicum as a Global STEM Professional Developer (3)
EDCI 6379 Applied Research in STEM Education (3)
Summer 
EDCI 6393 Advanced Practicum applying theory to practice as advocate for research-based STEM education policy
EDCI 7000 Research (Dissertation Proposal)
Attend Capitol Hill advocacy meeting in Washington, DC, probably in mid to late June.
Typically the policy course is taught in the first five weeks of the summer term and the proposal course extends over the entire ten weeks of the summer term.
Attend a two week session on campus in Lubbock (dates TBA in July) for the face-to-face portion of coursework and written portion of the qualifying examination.

Year Four 

Fall -- year four
EDCI 8000 Dissertation (6 credit hours)

Oral portion of qualifying exam in August-September. (Students who do not successfully pass their qualifying exam may be required to enroll in additional coursework.)

Formal presentation of dissertation proposal in October-December.

Spring -- year four
EDCI 8000 Dissertation (3 credit hours)
Summer -- year four
EDCI 8000 Dissertation (3 credit hours)
DStudents who do not complete their dissertations by Summer – Year Four will continue to enroll in dissertation research for a minimum of three hours each semester – fall, spring and summer – until completion of their degree.

Program Delivery

The majority of the 66 hours of coursework will be completed online but students will be required to attend as a group three intensive two-week mid-Jul sessions on the Lubbock campus of Texas Tech University and national conferences of the International Society of Technology in Education, Association for Science Teacher Education or Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, and a three day session on policy and advocacy in Washington, DC. Students must be committed to completing a predetermined set of courses as part of a cohort. Additionally, students will be expected to complete coursework and additional expectations as outlined in the program requirements.

Admission Criteria

Interested applicants should have:

  • A master's degree from an accredited institution in education in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, mathematics or a combination of two or more of these fields) or closely related field such as curriculum and instruction, elementary, middle or secondary education, or one of the sciences, engineering, technology or mathematics with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completed a graduate course in each of three areas: curriculum, instruction and diversity.
  • An acceptable set of GRE scores.
  • By the start of their first course in the program, applicants must have had at least three years of successful teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or a combination of two or more of these fields in a public or private school at the elementary, middle and/or secondary level or an informal setting, such as a zoo or museum.
  • A minimum of three references from professionals in the field of education. At least one of the references must speak to the strength of the applicant as a STEM teacher.

Preference will be given to applicants who have significant graduate work in STEM education. Applicants' undergraduate and/or graduate coursework should be commensurate with the grade level – elementary, middle or secondary – at which they plan to work; applicants planning to work at the secondary level are expected to have studied STEM to a greater extent than those who plan to work at lower levels.

Additional Expectations

In addition to meeting programmatic and degree requirements, students are expected to actively contribute to the profession. Students will be advised to do many of the following activities either as part of a course or as a separate activity:

  • Presenting at a national or international professional conference, such as AMTE, ASTE, AERA, NCTM or NSTA.
  • Submitting research manuscripts for publication.
  • Submitting book reviews for publication.
  • Contributing to the writing of a grant proposal.
  • Serving as a reviewer of conference proposals.
  • Serving as a reviewer of a journal article.

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