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Doctoral Degree

Florida Tech offers both a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in both Mathematics Education and Science Education.

The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) and doctor of education (Ed.D.) programs are designed to provide increased competence in mathematics or science, mathematics or science education and research. Recipients gain the appropriate knowledge and skills for positions in college and university mathematics or science education programs; teaching, administration and supervisory posts in state and local school systems; positions teaching mathematics or science in community colleges, liberal arts colleges and introductory mathematics or science courses in universities; and as research directors in mathematics or science education.

The primary difference between the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs is in the focus of the dissertation work. The focus of the Ph.D. is typically theoretical, while the focus of the Ed.D. is more applied and intended for the practitioner. While Ph.D. dissertation research is oriented for the student going into a university graduate teaching and research setting, Ed.D. dissertation research is oriented for the K-12 school or business/industry practitioner and typically involves a practical field problem.

The two programs also differ in the requirement of two specialty area courses in the Ed.D. These two courses are available in mathematics education, science education, instructional technology or environmental education.

Doctoral students interested in theory-based research should consider the Ph.D. For those more interested in practical field research, the Ed.D. would be more appropriate.

Admissions Requirements

An applicant to any of the doctoral programs in must have a master's degree in mathematics, mathematics education, a field of science, technology, aeronautics or science education, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. At least three years' teaching experience is also highly recommended.

For general admissions requirements, please refer to the Graduate Information and Regulations section of the catalog.

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Ph.D. Mathematics Education

Ph.D. Science Education