College of Education

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The mission of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education is to engage in innovative scholarship, teaching, and service that contributes to improving the quality of P20 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world. Faculty members in the department are committed to improving the lives of Kentuckians through scientific literacy, mathematical literacy, and technological literacy from preschool through graduate school and beyond. Faculty members have expertise in a diverse spectrum of specialties relating to research, teaching, and service in STEM Education, and have developed curricula that are widely disseminated locally and nationally. They conduct research on STEM Education issues, conceptual understanding in STEM education, curriculum implementation and teacher professional development. In addition, faculty members have developed a variety of novel courses in STEM Education to foster problem solving, critical thinking, and innovation in STEM Education. The department offers both master and doctoral programs in STEM Education with the flexibility of focusing on a specific discipline (i.e., mathematics education, science education), or a broader focus on STEM Education.

Master of Science in STEM Education

Do you want to deepen your knowledge and further your career in STEM education? Designed in collaboration with P-12 school partners, our transdisciplinary Master of Science in STEM Education program provides students with individualized coursework, professional development opportunities, and job-embedded experiences. Students with initial teaching certification may choose to obtain a Kentucky Rank II teaching license upon completion.

This program can be completed part-time or full-time and is designed with the schedules of working professionals in mind. Courses are offered in the evenings, online, and hybrid (both on-campus and online). Students will complete a program individualized to their career goals and can choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1 (with teacher leadership electives):  30 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework, including a STEM Education Leadership core (12 credit hours), content electives (12 credit hours), and additional teacher leadership electives (six credit hours). Students completing this program will be eligible to apply for a Kentucky Rank II teaching license.
  • Option 2:  30 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework, including a STEM Education Leadership core (12 credit hours), content electives (12 credit hours), and additional electives (six credit hours).

Number of Credit Hours: 30 credit hours

Number of Courses: 4 core courses in STEM Education, 4 content courses in STEM, 2 electives, thesis research project

Program Type: Hybrid Online/On-Campus

Application Requirements

  1. Official transcripts
    •  official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted to the Graduate School (send to The Graduate School, Attn: Admissions Office, 201 Gillis Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0033) – unofficial transcripts can be submitted to initiate application process, but all admissions are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts
  2. GPA requirement:
    • 2.75 undergraduate; 3.0 Graduate work
  3. CV
    • The CV should include contact information including mailing address and home phone number, education with dates, majors, details of degrees and training and certification, professional certifications/licensures, employment history (including work history, academic positions held and research work), publications (books, papers, conference proceedings and conference papers), awards, professional memberships, and interests.
  4. Personal Statement about your career goals and interests​
  5. Writing Sample
    • ​The writing sample may be a paper written for a course in an undergraduate or graduate course, publication, conference paper, grant proposal, or a similar writing sample.
  6. GRE 
    • Preferably from within the past 10 years – if you are a KY teacher applying for rank change, GRE must be within the last 5 years.
  7. TOEFL or IELTS (for international students whose native language is not English)
  8. Three letters of recommendation​ (the online system will email your references to submit their letters)
  9. Interview with STEM Education faculty specializing in your area of interest (interview will be scheduled upon completion of application materials)
  10. Onsite writing sample prior to interview
Application Deadlines

This program has a rolling admission policy. 

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Sciences - STEM Education

The Education Sciences Interdisciplinary Ph.D. with an emphasis in STEM Education is an intensive program designed to prepare future researchers, teacher educators, and researcher-practitioners to meet the national call for more individuals with heightened scholarly expertise in STEM Education. Students will be mentored by faculty in the STEM Education department who have national and international research projects and study a myriad of topics related to STEM Education.  

Candidates will complete a program of studies individualized to their goals and future career desires.  The program consists of 12 hours of education research methodology courses, 24 hours of STEM Education courses, 9 hours of electives, and a written dissertation. The Education Sciences Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program requires study throughout the year. Full-time study is strongly encouraged; however, part-time study is a possible alternative, particularly for professional educators.

Graduate Assistantship opportunities are available for our students. Full-time assistantships involve about 20 hours of job duties and include a stipend, full tuition waiver, and student health insurance.  Please note that assistantships are not guaranteed to be available for all students needing this opportunity as positions are limited.  In order to be considered for a funded assistantship, students must have already applied to the program.

 

Number of Credit Hours: 45 credit hours

Number of Courses: 4 core courses in education research methodology, 8 core courses in STEM Education, 3 electives, dissertation research project

Program Type: Hybrid Online/On-Campus

Application Requirements

  1. CV
    • The CV should include contact information including mailing address and home phone number, education with dates, majors, details of degrees and training and certification, professional certifications/licensures, employment history (including work history, academic positions held and research work), publications (books, papers, conference proceedings and conference papers), awards, professional memberships, and interests.
  2. Personal Statement about your career goals and interests
  3. Writing Sample
    • ​The writing sample may be a paper written for a course in an undergraduate or graduate course, publication, conference paper, grant proposal, or a similar writing sample.
  4. GRE
  5. Three letters of recommendation (the online system will email your references to submit their letters)
  6. Interview with STEM Education faculty specializing in your area of interest (interview will be scheduled upon completion of application materials)
  7. Onsite writing sample prior to interview
Application Deadlines

This program has a rolling admission policy.