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Science Education PhD|Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate Student Application and Admission Process

For students to be considered for admission to the PhD in Science Education graduate program option, they must:

  1. Be admitted for Graduate Study at the University of Wyoming;
  2. Submit an application to the Associate Dean of the College of Education. For full details on these initial processes, visit the College of Education Admissions page.

Program Specific Requirements

College of Education Application Documents

  • In the Application letter, describe why you wish to pursue a PhD in Science Education, including your career goals; your prior experiences in science or science education (e.g., relevant teaching or other educational experiences); previous university degrees, programs, certificates, or emphases related to science; potential areas of focus in a science doctoral program; potential research interests; and any other information you consider to be relevant to your admission;
  • GRE scores are not required for students who have: 1) a master’s degree in science education from an accredited university; or 2) a master's degree in a science content area, i.e. physics, chemistry, from an accredited university. Individuals not meeting either of these criteria must submit GRE scores. The admissions committee will consider the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores in its determination.

Additional Requirements and Important Information

Applicants need to contact a member of the Science Education PhD Program faculty, either in person or via telephone, to discuss career and research goals. This assists us in assigning a graduate advisor upon admission.

Upon receipt of all materials, the Associate Dean will forward the application packet to the Office Associate for Curriculum and Instruction, who will then forward them to the Science Education Program faculty for review. Following the application review (approximately 2 weeks), the program faculty will make a recommendation regarding admission for Graduate Study at UW. Applicants will be notified of the decision by email. Applications will be considered at any time, but students who apply by January 15 will receive full consideration for graduate assistantships for the following academic year.

Applicants are evaluated on alignment of research interests with those of existing faculty, clarity of application letter and goals, prior teaching or work experience, letters of recommendation, transcripts (including GPA) and previous research experience with an accompanying sample of professional writing if available, according to the Science Education PhD Admissions Rubric.

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