The cross-disciplinary PhD is uniquely designed to focus directly on rigorous research into teaching and learning in engineering contexts by combining established educational research methods with a thorough understanding of specific engineering content and practice.
Outline of PhD Requirements
A minimum of 90 total credits beyond the Bachelor's degree; program of study subject to approval by student's advisory committee.
- Dissertation: 30 credits minimum
- Quantitative Research Methods: 3 credits
- Qualitative Research Methods: 3 credits
- Education: 9 credits
- Engineering Education core courses: 12 credits
- ENGE 5014: Foundations of Engineering Education (3)
- ENGE 5404: Assessment Techniques in Engineering Education (3)
- ENGE 5504: Practicum in The Engineering Classroom (minimum 3)
- ENGE 5604: Engineering Education Research Methods (3)
- Engineering Concentration: 15 credits
- Electives: 6 credits (5000 or 6000 level coursework in ENGE or other discipline supporting student's research concentration)
Graduates of the program have the knowledge to:
- Conduct and direct research in engineering education
- Develop, review, and critique effective research designs
- Effectively teach engineering subjects
- Design and assess engineering courses
- Address critical issues facing engineering education
Normally the student will have no more than 9 credits among 5974 and 5984 independent study/special study courses. At least 9 credits will normally be at the 6000 level, relevant to the student's research (do not have to be ENGE courses). Up to 30 credits from a Master's degree may be counted toward the PhD at the discretion of the student's advisory committee.
ENGE 5704: Engineering Education Graduate Seminar is a required course for every semester until successful defense of dissertation proposal. On the Plan of Study, four (4) credits count toward the required total of ninety (90) credits.