Total Minimum Hours:59 credit hours
Major Common Core 3 credit hours
EDG 7067Philosophies of Inquiry (3)
Research Methods & Tools (refer to the concentration for specific requirements)
Subspecialty within Concentration (Optional requirements in some Concentrations)
Cognate (Optional requirement in some Concentrations)
Interdisciplinary Focus (Optional requirement in some Concentrations)
Note: Effective Fall 2011, all concentrations must take EDG 7067 and may be used as a substitute for one of the courses in Psychological & Social Foundations for those concentrations requiring foundations courses.
Refer to the concentration area for specific dissertation requirements.
Doctoral Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. (See current College of Education Graduate Handbook, www.coedu.usf.edu, click on information; also consult Faculty Program contact).
Individual areas of concentration may have variations in the requirements. For information contact the department offering the major and specialization of interest. Please be advised that major and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.
SCIENCE EDUCATION (DSC) 60 HOURS
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in Science Education. Candidates programs of study are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon previous experience and future goals.
Concentration Admission Requirements
- Earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions or Or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
- Submit official GRE scores. Scores of 600 on the quantitative portion and 475 on the verbal portion are expected.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Interview (preferably in person or in some cases, conducted over the phone or internet)
- Personal Statement of goals and philosophy related to science education
- Recommendations from Graduate Faculty
- 3.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale for all graduate work and 3.00 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate studies,
- An undergraduate major in the STEM fields (science, Technology, engineering or mathematics) or science education or a closely related field form a regionally accredited institution,
- A masters degree in science education or closely related field form a regionally accredited institution
- Successful teaching experience in a formal or informal education K-12 setting,
- Demonstrated commitment to personal professional growth and development
All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores, etc.). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:
- A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
- Other information as required by the major of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.)
Total Major requirements with this concentration: 60 hours minimum
EDG 7067 Philosophies of Inquiry(3)
Secondary Education Core: 9 hours minimum
ESE 7343 Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas AND(3)
ESE 7937 Advanced Seminar in Secondary education(3-6)
ESE 7944 Collegiate Teaching in Secondary Education(3)
In extenuating circumstances, major may substitute an independent study course if needed by a student. However no more than 3 credit hours in this category can be independent study hours.
Statistics/Measurement/Research Design: 14 hours minimum
EDF 6407 Statistical Analysis I(4)
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis II(4)
Selection of one qualitative course with approval from major committee (3-4)
Selection of additional 7000 level quantitative, qualitative and/or methodological course approved by major committee (3-4)
Concentration Requirements 24 hours minimum
Courses may include, but not be limited to:
SCE 7090 Philosophy and Nature of Science(3)
SCE 7931 Historical, Social & Epistemological Foundations of Science Education(3)
SCE 7345 Theories and practice of science teaching and learning (3)
SCE 7636 Advanced Trends in Science Education(3)
SCE 7697 Socioscientific Issues in Science Education(3)
SCE 7740 Doctoral Research in Science Education(3)
SCE 7910 Directed Research(9-15)
Graduate Courses from related major areas may be used in this area with permission of the individuals doctoral major committee.
Cognate: 9 hours
SCE students may complete a cognate or a set of science education electives.
Science Education electives include:
SCE 6634 Current Trends in Science Education(3)
SCE 7931 Community Building in Science Education(3)
SCE 6645 Mathematics and Science Ed. Policy, Change & School Improvements(3)
Courses consistent with the students program of study selected with approval of the individuals doctoral major committee. Courses in the Cognate must be taken at the graduate level.
Doctoral Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy.
Dissertation: 4 hours minimum