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Science Education, Ph.D.

The Science Education doctoral program requires a minimum of 90 graduate credits beyond the undergraduate degree, and 9-24 credits of dissertation work. Many students can complete the degree in 3-4 years full time beyond the master’s degree. Part-time study is also available for students working, including full-time teaching positions.

The program is flexible and coursework is chosen by the student and their advisor to align to professional and personal goals. Students will choose a major in a specific science area in consultation with your advisor, and complete a minimum of 45 credits in that area. An optional 33-credit minor area is also available. Course areas may include:

  • Physical and Biological Sciences for Teachers
  • Methods and Materials in Teaching the Sciences
  • Methods and Curriculum in Teaching Science
  • Curriculum Problems in Science

Concentration in Exercise Physiology

Students are admitted into the doctoral program at either phase I or phase II. Phase I doctoral students are admitted holding a bachelor’s degree and follow the research track of the M.S. in Exercise Science. On successful completion and approval of phase I requirements, students are elevated to phase II status. A student who holds a master’s degree in exercise science, or a related discipline, may be admitted directly into phase II of the program.

Other Requirements

  • 12 credits in research methodology or other scholarly inquiry. Recommended sequences have either a qualitative or quantitative research emphasis.
  • Research apprenticeship, typically in the context of a required or elective course or as an independent study with the student’s advisor.
  • Doctoral Qualifying Exam.
  • Dissertation proposal, writing, submission, and defense (within 5 years of exam).

More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.