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Science and Environmental Education

PhD in Teaching and Learning Concentration

Prepare for a career as a researcher or teacher educator, and learn to conduct research in science and environmental education at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. You will work closely with faculty on all aspects of the research process.

What You'll Learn

  • Strategies for designing and analyzing research studies in science and environmental education
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Current issues in science pedagogy, teacher education, curriculum, and integration of educational technology

Your Academic Experience

Research Methods Courses

Take courses designed to prepare you for all aspects of the research process, including developing and designing a research proposal, implementing a research agenda, and disseminating findings. You will gain mastery of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. 

A Community of Scholars

As a graduate student in our program, you will be accepted into a supportive learning community. Our faculty work closely with College of Arts and Science faculty in math and science, so you'll have opportunities to draw on content knowledge and pedagogical expertise from a diverse range of sources.

Collaborate with Faculty on Shared Research Interests

Our faculty are conducting research on pressing contemporary issues in science education. Faculty interests include:

  • The role of inquiry in science classrooms
  • Student understandings of science and how this understanding should shape teaching
  • The role of co-generative dialogue, student voice, and democratic practice in enhancing student engagement with science
  • The use of technology in science classrooms; professional development of science teachers, teacher-educators, researchers, and scientifically knowledgeable administrators
  • Improving access and success of low-income minority students in science education and careers
  • Formal and non-formal education for environmental awareness and conservation
  • Multiple ways of knowing environment and nature


You'll graduate ready to take on roles including:

  • Researcher or teacher educator in science and environmental education in colleges and universities
  • Science education specialist in governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and multinational corporations


Mary Leou

Clinical Professor of Environmental Education and Director of The Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education & Sustainability

Catherine Milne

Professor of Science Education

Robert Wallace

Research Assistant Professor of Science Education