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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Science Education (DSC)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 93
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Alan Feldman
Phone: 813-974-2471


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in Science Education. Each program is highly individualized. Candidates' programs are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon previous experience and future goals.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact the program for assistance.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in Science Education. Candidates' programs are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon previous experience and future goals. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Total Program requirements with this concentration:
60 hours minimum

Core Requirement:
EEX 7743 - Philosophies of Inquiry(3)
Secondary Education Core: 9 hours minimum
ESE 7343 Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas AND3
ESE 7937 Advanced Seminar in Secondary education3-6
ESE 7944 Collegiate Teaching in Secondary Education3
In extenuating circumstances, program 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 I4
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis II4
Selection of one qualitative course with approval from prog committee 3-4
Selection of additional 7000 level quantitative, qualitative and/or methodological course approved by prog committee3-4
Concentration Requirements 24 hours minimum
Courses may include, but not be limited to:
SCE 7090 Philosophy and Nature of Science3
SCE 7931 Historical, Social & Epistemological Foundations of Science Education3
SCE 7345Theories and practice of science teaching and learning 3
SCE 7636 Advanced Trends in Science Education3
SCE 7697 Socioscientific Issues in Science Education3
SCE 7740Doctoral Research in Science Education3
SCE 7910 Directed Research9-15
Courses from related program areas may be used in this area with permission of the individual's doctoral program 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 Educ Policy, Change & Sch Improvements 3
Courses consistent with the student's program of study selected with approval of the individual's doctoral program 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

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDG7931, EDG7667, EDG7692, EDH7225, EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7410, EDF7477, EEX7743, EDF7145, SCE7220, SCE6634, SCE6616, SCE6865, SCE7910, EDG7980,