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Science Education, Doctor of Philosophy

The Science Education PhD program is designed to meet the professional goals of those preparing for leadership roles in science education. Students entering the Science Education Doctoral Program should expect to remain at the University of Tennessee for 3 to 5 years, depending on prior qualifications and level of commitment. Graduate students have rich opportunities to participate in ongoing research. Assistantships for qualified candidates are available through the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

If you are considering graduate study in science education, please contact us to discuss your personal goals.

Admission Procedures

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Applicants are expected to present verbal and quantitative GRE scores equal to or higher than the 50th percentile, based on the norms in effect at the time the test was taken. Applicants are expected to earn a minimum score of 4.5 points on the Analytic Writing subtest of the GRE. An overall GPA of 3.3 in previous graduate study is required for admission to doctoral study and an interview with the faculty may be required. Admissions decisions are made on a holistic basis to discern the candidate’s promise for doctoral study and to ascertain the match of the candidate’s educational goals with the resources and goals of the department. Non-native English speaking applicants must comply with all admission requirements stipulated by the Graduate School and are advised to speak with faculty regarding admission standards.

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Graduate Catalog.

  1. Select the appropriate catalog from the dropdown menu on the right.
  2. Select the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
  3. Scroll to TPTE and select “Display Programs for this Department.”
  4. Click on the appropriate program to see the credit requirements and admission procedures for each program.

Science Education Program Coordinator
Dr. Mehmet Aydeniz
A408 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
Phone: (865) 974-0885

Administrative Support Staff
Heather Davis
A406 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
Phone: (865) 974-0068