The Ph.D. in Science Education requires 85 s.h. of coursework and research. Doctoral students must complete coursework in science education, education, research methods, and an area of specialization; they must also conduct research in science education and complete a thesis.

    Application Deadline

    • Fall semester—January 15
    • Spring semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students)
    • Summer session—April 15 (March 1 for international students)

    Faculty will review all graduate applications for admission and assistantships—including those submitted by international students—beginning January 15. Assistantships will not be offered until late March. Applications received after January 15 will be considered only if space and funding are available.

    Admission Requirements

    • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
    • Bachelor’s degree should be in a science area (or combination of science areas), science education, or a degree in elementary education with a science emphasis
    • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test minimum score (combined verbal and quantitative) of 300
    • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)

    Application Procedure

    1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
    2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
    3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
    4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

    Required Supplemental Materials

    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
    • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
    • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
    • A statement of purpose describing their reasons for pursuing graduate work and their goals for graduate study
    • An academic writing sample
    • Three letters of recommendation*

    * You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.


    Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services, 319/335-5260,

    We look forward to receiving your application!

    A total of 85 s.h. of coursework and research are required for the Ph.D. degree in Science Education.

    Science Education (15 s.h.)

    • EDTL:6757Learning in the Science Classroom* (3 s.h.)
    • EDTL:6759Advanced Pedagogy* (3 s.h.)
    • EDTL:6750Assessment in Teaching and Research* (3 s.h.)
    • Graduate-Level Science Education Courses (6 s.h.)

    Education (12 s.h.)

    • EDTL:7004 Schooling in the United States* (3 s.h.) OR EDTL:7033 Seminar on Teacher Education* (3 s.h.)
    • EDTL:7100 Design and Organization of Curriculum (3 s.h.)
    • PSQF:6200 Educational Psychology (3 s.h.)
    • PSQF:6275 Constructivism and Design of Instruction (3 s.h.)
    • EALL:5150 Introduction to Educational Research* (3 s.h. )

    Research Methods (15 s.h.)


    Science Specialization (12 s.h.)


    Research in Science Education (21 s.h.)

    • EDTL:7755 Research in Science Education (18 s.h.)
      (6-3 s.h. registrations)
    • EDTL:7750 Seminar in Science Education (3 s.h.)
      (3 - 1 s.h. registrations)

    Thesis (10 s.h.)

    • EDTL:7493 Ph.D. Thesis (10 s.h.)

    * No substitute course will be approved for these courses; must be taken at UI.


    Employment Opportunities
    • Science educators at colleges and universities
    • Directors and supervisors in national, state, and local education systems
    • Instructors of general education science courses at major universities
    • Science education research directors
    • Medical and/or allied health educators
    Application Deadlines
    • Fall semester—January 15
    • Spring semester—December 1
      (October 1 for international students)
    • Summer session—April 15
      (March 1 for international students)

    Application Questions: Sue Cline, Office of Student Services, 319-335-5260,