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Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering Education

The Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering Education is offered through the Engineering Education department. An emphasis is placed on utilizing engineering skills and methods to conduct rigorous educational research to investigate educational problems affecting engineering and the larger STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) community. This program produces doctoral students with proficiency in developing engineering design skills in others, and expertise in research into how those skills are best learned and taught.

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Program graduates are expected to:

  • Be familiar with the theory and practice of engineering education and are adept at these aspects within their specific area of engineering specialization.
  • Have the ability to conduct research in engineering education in areas such as engineering epistemologies, engineering learning mechanisms, engineering learning systems, engineering diversity and inclusiveness, technology-enhanced learning, distance delivery, and engineering assessment.
  • Have the ability to develop, implement, and assess engineering curricula at the P12 and university levels.

Curriculum Requirements

Meet program expectations, students will complete a minimum of forty-two credit hours, combining course work and research. The curriculum is divided into three components:

Engineering Education Core

This curricular component recognizes that engineering education is an emerging discipline. As such, students must have an accredited degree in an engineering discipline.

Area of Specialization

This component allows students to develop an in-depth knowledge in one area of engineering education. Students will identify a research area approved through the department and take courses within that area. The research area and courses will be identified and chosen with the advice and approval of the student’s doctoral advisory committee. Three credits of these courses must be taken outside the EED department.

Research Component

This component ensures that program graduates have the skills necessary for, and experience in performing engineering education research, and has two sections. First is a series of courses in research methods. Education research methodologies fall into two broad categories, quantitative and qualitative. Students will take one course focused on each of these techniques, followed by an advanced course in the methodology being used in their dissertation. In the second section, students develop a research project that culminates in a dissertation.

Applications and Funding

The Engineering Education department admits and funds selected students on a rolling basis. However, many funding decisions are made based upon entrance during the fall semester. The fall semester has the following deadlines:

  • February 1—Application deadline for admission guaranteed consideration for funding
  • Around February 15—Recommendations made by committee on funding; also, funding decisions made for students moving from provisional to full admission
  • March 1—Notification of students receiving initial round of funding
  • June 15—Final application deadline
  • Around June 15—Final funding decisions made
  • July 1—Applicants notified of final funding decisions

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