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Graduate Program

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The department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech has been awarding doctoral degrees in Engineering Education since 2008.  It is the 2nd program in the world to offer a doctoral degree in Engineering Education. Our alumni are currently working in various universities and government organizations across the globe as faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and are actively participating in innovative research in the field of Engineering Education. We offer graduate students a unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience in teaching in engineering classrooms in addition to working as researchers with faculty members on projects funded by government and non-government institutions. We also offer a certification in Engineering Education to graduate students from different disciplines at Virginia Tech.

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Education

The PhD program is ideal for students who are interested in becoming leaders in innovation and catalysts for change in society through rigorous research in the new and exciting emerging field of engineering education. This includes students interested in engineering faculty positions in universities of all types; students who wish to pursue careers in engineering policy; and engineering students with a strong interest in educational research, corporate training management, university assessment staff or administrative faculty.

The cross-disciplinary PhD program is designed specifically to prepare graduates for careers across the entire range of engineering education. The inherent flexibility of the program allows students to tailor their curriculum and their research to prepare them to achieve their goals in engineering education.

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