This interdisciplinary program prepares future college faculty whose research focuses on teaching and learning at the collegiate level and who can successfully teach at the undergraduate and graduate level in their selected STEM discipline.
Coursework centers on graduate-level courses in the discipline area, a common core of STEM Education courses, and elective courses focused on research training. The candidate's dissertation research is supervised by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and will investigate teaching and learning across STEM disciplines.
Although interdisciplinary in nature, graduate students in the STEM Education PhD Program will have an academic home in the STEM department/program of their discipline preference. Graduate committee membership will include faculty from the STEM Education program and from the department/program of discipline preference.
The STEM Education PhD program works in collaboration with the existing educational research programs in STEM disciplines (i.e., Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics) and extramurally-funded STEM educational research projects already established at NDSU.
For further information, contact Dr. Jenni Momsen.
Currently, the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Physics offer graduate students the opportunity to earn a Master's or PhD while conducting discipline-based education research at the collegiate level. Specific details regarding program requirements are available from the department webpages. Prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty directly to find out more about this option (Drs. Momsen and Montplaisir in Biological Sciences, Drs. Leontyev and Nyachwaya in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Drs. Christensen and Kryjevskaia in Physics).