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Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Science Education Ph.D program is designed to meet the professional goals of those preparing for leadership roles in science education. Student entering the Science Education Doctoral Program should expect to remain at the University of Tennesse for 3 to 5 years, depending on prior qualifications and level of commitment. Graduate students have rich opportunities to participate in ongoing research. Scholarships for qualified candidates are available through College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Visit the link for Scholarships/Fellowship.

If you are considering beginning graduate study in science education with us, we strongly encourage you to contact us and discuss your personal goals.

Science Education Ph.D Program Advisor:

Dr. Mehmet Aydeniz, A408 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex. Phone:(865) 974-0885, Email:

Research Interests:

Learning: Assessment of Student Learning, Argumentation, Conceptual Change Teaching: College Science Teaching, Early Career Science Teachers' Assessment Beliefs and Practices.

Application Process
Individuals seeking admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Science Education must first be admissible to the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and then admitted to a concentration within the Ph.D. with a major in education. Prospective students are encouraged to make application at least six months before anticipated matriculation.

Application through the Office of Graduate and International Admissions

Admission Criteria
Applications to the Ph. D. program are submitted to the Graduate School.

Submit to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions the following:
• the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Graduate Application
• one official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work, and
• the official record of applicant’s GRE scores (taken within the past 5 years).

Applicants are expected to present verbal and quantitative GRE scores equal to or higher than the 50th percentile, based on the norms in effect at the time the test was taken. Applicants are expected to earn a minimum score of 4.5 points on the Analytic Writing subtest of the GRE. An overall GPA of 3.3 in previous graduate study is required for admission to doctoral study and an interview with the faculty may be required. Admissions decisions are made on a holistic basis to discern the candidate’s promise for doctoral study and to ascertain the match of the candidate’s educational goals with the resources and goals of the department. Non-native English speaking applicants must comply with all admission requirements stipulated by the Graduate School and are advised to speak with faculty regarding admission standards.

The faculty in Science Education program: Dr. Mehmet Aydeniz

The residency requirement for students in the Ph.D. program with a major in education is two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment.

Doctoral students will have multiple oportunities to participate in ongoing research and curriculum development in conjunction with the interests of faculty members. Please visit faculty website for their research interests and current projects.

Course of Study Hours/Credit
Research Area (must include TPTE 640 - Theoretical Analysis and Theory Construction) 15
Core Requirements 8
Seminar in Primary Concentration 3
TPTE 617 - Trends and Issues in Teacher Education 3
Trans-departmental seminars (TPTE 604 and 605) 2
Concentration/Specialization (minimum 15 credit hours selected from Teacher Education and specialization) 15
Cognate (minimum 6 credit hours selected from outside the major field (not to include research courses)) 6
Dissertation 24

Science Education Program Coordinator
Dr. Mehmet Aydeniz
A408 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
Phone: (865) 974-0885

Administrative Support Assistant:
Pat Flynn
A421 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
Phone: (865) 974-0068

Contact Science Education

A204 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-6228
Fax: 865-974-6302