Campuses: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus 

               Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Instructions: Residential/On Campus

                    

The Virginia Tech Science Education Program is designed to prepare science educators for teaching science through inquiry processes where students apply their knowledge in real world contexts.

Funding through Assistantships
minimum of 96 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree
Focus on Socialcultural & STEM Education
Intensive Research and Grant Opportunities
Our Science Education Program

Doctoral program (Ph.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction are offered specializing in the preparations of science teachers educators. Students are expected to complete Research (e.g., quantitative and qualitative research methods),Dissertation, Foundations (e.g., cognitive processes and educational practice), Concentration (e.g., models of teaching), and another 8 hours minimum of Cognate (e.g., cultural studies of science).

Why Study Science Education Here?

The Virginia Tech Science Education Program is designed to prepare science educators for teaching science through inquiry processes where students apply their knowledge in real world contexts. Teachers also learn how to facilitate the development of learning environments that motivate and inspire students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our science education program is dedicated to preparing scientifically and technologically literate students who can make positive contributions in the world.

Faculty Research Interests

Place-based STEM Education

Inquiry Pedagogy

Sustainability Science Education

Ecojustice Education

Sociocultural factors influencing students’s™ participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

The role of race and racism in the science experiences for youth of color

Transform oppressive conditions in order for students to realize their science potential and aspirations

 

Science Education Research Highlights

Klechaya, R. & Glasson, G.E. (2017). Mindfulness and Place-based Education in Buddhist-oriented Schools in Thailand. In M. Powietrzynska and K. Tobin (Eds.) Weaving Complementary Knowledge Systems and Mindfulness to Educate Literate Citizenry for Sustainable and Healthy Lives(pp. 159-170). Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Duer, Z., Piilonen, L, & Glasson, G. E. (in press). Belle2VR - A virtual reality visualization of subatomic particle physics in the Belle II experiment. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications.

Brand, B., Kasarda, M., & Williams, C. (in press). Inquiry by Engineering Design: Applying the Sixth "E". Technology and Engineering Teacher.Glasson, G.E. (2015).  Ponder this: Can ecojustice education go mainstream? In M. Mueller, and D. Tippins  Ecojustice, citizen science and youth activism: Situated tensions for science education. (pp. 171-176).  New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.

Brand, B. (2015) A Broom and a Mop Just Won’t Do: From Sharecropper to Educator, A Forerunner for Social Change.  Tate Publishing: Mustang, Ok.

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Science Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction) should contact the program leader, Dr. George Glasson, by email at glassong@vt.edu.


Visit our office at 206 War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

Spring: November 15

*Fall:  April 15

International Application

Spring: September 1

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission with Graduate Assistantships consideration for Fall: February 1

CONTACT US

George Glasson
Program Leader
203 War Memorial Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8346
glassong@vt.edu

Nancy Nolen
Program Admission Support
105 War Memorial Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5348
nanolen@vt.edu

School of Education

226 War Memorial Hall (0313)

370 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061