What will I learn?

The PhD in Learning and Teaching in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is designed to produce scholars and learners dedicated to addressing the challenges of providing high quality STEM education to all students through a rich variety of organizations and innovative methods of delivery. Graduates from this program forge new ground in developing theories, designs, and practical solutions for future generations. This degree has three program areas of study: Mathematics and Statistics Education, Science Education, and Engineering and Technology Education.

All doctoral degrees in the College of Education require a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Most doctoral programs in the College of Education require a minimum of 60 graduate credit hours beyond an approved master’s degree.


Engineering and Technology Education

Graduates of our program become rising leaders in engineering and technology education in K-12 formal and non-formal settings. Through scholarly pursuits in the field, learning and teaching, and public policy they take positions as scholars, supervisors, teacher educators, non-formal science/engineering educators, entrepreneurs, designers, and as faculty members in institutions of higher education.

Mathematics & Statistics Education

Through the Mathematics Education doctoral program, students extensively develop instructional expertise and extend their knowledge of learners, teaching, teacher education, professional development, technology, equity and policy – all while deepening their understanding of mathematical sciences. Before completing the program, students use, conduct and evaluate educational research at the highest level, and engage in professional leadership activities.

Science Education

Graduates from our program become state and nationally recognized leaders in science education. You will have the opportunity to work with nationally recognized experts in many facets of science education research and practice.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,081.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Education

208 Poe Hall,

2310 Stinson Drive,


North Carolina,

27695, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

To be considered for admission in full graduate standing, an applicant must have a four-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university as determined by a regional or general accrediting agency and must have at least a “B” (3.000/4.000) average in the undergraduate major or in the latest graduate degree program.

Provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a total score of at least 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT). Minimum test scores for each section:

Listening: 18 points
Reading: 18 points
Writing: 18 points Speaking: 18 points for admission, 23 points for TA appointment where TA has direct verbal interactions with students, 26 points for TA appointment where TA presents lectures in the class or laboratory

The maximum total score for the iBT is 120 with each section worth 30 points.

Provide International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with an overall band score of at least 6.5. Minimum test scores for each section are listed below:

Listening: 6.5
Reading: 6.5
Writing: 6.5
Speaking: 6.5 for admission, 7.0 for TA appointment

Computer-based TOEFL scores must be 213 or higher (with at least 17 on three sections and no section score below 13). The paper-based test requires a score of 550 or higher (with scores of 50 on at least two of the three sections and no section score below 45).

Application Deadlines

Fall December 1st

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.