(Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction)

Campus: 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.

What You’ll Study

The curriculum for Ph.D. in Science education consists of four components. Students are expected to complete 15 hours in Research (e.g., quantitative and qualitative research methods), 30 Dissertation hours, 9 hours in Foundations (e.g., cognitive processes and educational practice), 12 hours minimum in Concentration (e.g., models of teaching), and another 8 hours minimum of Cognate (e.g., cultural studies of science).

The following is a sample Plan of Study:

Research (15 hours)

  • Foundations of Educational Research and Evaluation
  • Education and Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Methods in Education
  • Qualitative Methods I
  • Quantitative Methods I
  • Research and Dissertation

Foundations (9 hours min)

  • Cognitive Processes and Educational Practice
  • Analysis of Educational Concepts
  • Constructivism in Education

Concentration (12 hours min)

  • Principles of Instructional Design
  • Models of Teaching
  • Curriculum Theory and Organization
  • Gender and Education
  • Advanced Topics in Teacher Education Curriculum
  • Adolescent Development
  • Academic Writing for Qualitative Educational Research
  • STEM Education Trends and Issues
  • Field Studies and Internships

Cognate (9 hours min. in field of inquiry)

  • Main Themes of History of Science and Technology
  • Cultural Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Issues in Bioethics

* Ph.D (96 min hours required)

Students enrolled in the doctoral program must pass four exams as part of the degree requirements: Scheduling Exams, Qualifying Exam, Preliminary Exam, Prospectus Exam, Final Examination

Career and Professional Development

The School of Education provides students with a plethora of research opportunities, including experimental and observational research, field research, and secondary data analysis. Graduate students are also encouraged to lead research projects and publish in scholarly journals. The school provides support for professional development to participate in conferences through travel grants. Additional professional development and research support resources are provided by the Graduate School at Virginia Tech. 

Blacksburg Campus

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Place-based STEM Education
  • Inquiry Pedagogy
  • Sustainability Science Education
  • Ecojustice Education

George Glasson, Teaching; Faculty Senate

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Research Interests

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

Research Interests

  • 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

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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. 

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