The PhD in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education prepares students for careers as researchers and educators who will contribute to improving STEM education.
STEM Education is an interdisciplinary program that involves collaborations with the Tufts departments of Child Study and Human Development, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy, as well as Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering. Faculty and students in STEM Education also work with the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI) and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO).
As a student in the STEM Education doctoral program, you'll complete and communicate original research by working closely with peers and program faculty on research and outreach projects. You'll complete coursework on learning and instruction in the STEM disciplines; sociocultural and historical foundations of education; and research methodologies. Your studies will culminate with a dissertation based on an original research study.
Graduates of the STEM Education program pursue careers in many areas of PreK-university STEM Education. About 40% of graduates conduct research or teach in higher education institutions. About 25% of graduates are K–12 educators. And about 35% have research or administrator positions in educational institutions including museums, non-profits, and universities.
Examples of positions held by STEM Education alumni include:
We strongly recommend that applicants explore current faculty research and reach out to potential mentors and the Program Director prior to submitting an application.
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