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EdD: STEM THEMES Education Scholars

Application deadline has been extended to April 6, 2020!

Advance Scholarship and Practice in STEM, Education, and the Humanities

The STEM THEMES Education Scholars (Technology-Humanities-Engineering-Math-Education-Science) is a collegial community of practice committed to creating, establishing and assessing innovative STEM education research and theory and incorporating it into effective interdisciplinary practice. The advantage of the cooperative approach to doctoral research in education is that professionals have an opportunity to work together collaboratively with peers to pursue the highest graduate degree in education, the Ed.D. Participants selected for the cohort will support each other in course work, dissertation research, and in developing a collegial network of professionals that will encourage and facilitate the attainment of career goals.

The central dogma of STEM THEMES is that developing and releasing the synergistic power of an interdisciplinary approach to STEM teaching and learning will have positive effects on learners and educators. The STEM THEMES cooperative approach to doctoral research and programs fosters learning and investigation into twelve general areas of inquiry:

  • Defining, developing, and promoting interdisciplinary STEM curricula
  • Adopting experiential/real life problem-based learning approaches in STEM related instruction
  • Developing and assessing instructional strategies and methodology for professional development
  • Establishing effective formative and summative assessment strategies for enhancing STEM curriculum
  • Developing and/or assessing STEM instructional technology materials and methods
  • Documenting history of STEM education movements and their implications
  • Encouraging and facilitating choice of STEM careers, developing pipeline strategies
  • Establishing and testing data-driven and evidence-based evaluation
  • Exploring mechanisms to enhance STEM literacy
  • Motivating learners and/or educators as related to STEM teaching and learning
  • Providing access to equity in STEM related fields and endeavors
  • Developing and assessing promotional materials and strategies for STEM instruction

The STEM THEMES Learning Community of Practice allows research and dissertation topics in the areas of Technology, Humanities, Engineering, Math, Education and Science as long as the underlying question(s) deals with, contributes to and promotes the understanding and enhancement of issues surrounding the teaching and learning of the STEM disciplines.

We invite you to become part of the STEM THEMES Learning Community of Practice by completing an application and joining the scholars pursuing one or more of the twelve issues concerning science and mathematics education, helping to form and support a group of colleagues mutually interested in any of these teaching and learning issues as you pursue the doctorate in education. Working together we can make a significant impact on science and math literacy among learners of all ages and the citizenry in general.

Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD)

Student Support Specialist:

Alexandra Gresick

203 Education Administration Building (EAB)
p: (314) 516-5107

Deadline to Apply:
April 6th

 Students seeking the Ed.D. degree are expected to meet the Graduate School’s relevant practitioner doctoral degree requirements and procedures.

Degree requirements

1. Learning Community of Practice Seminars15-20
EDUC 7600
Learning Community of Practice I
EDUC 7610
Learning Community of Practice II
EDUC 7620
Learning Community of Practice III
EDUC 7630
Learning Community of Practice IV
EDUC 7640
Learning Community of Practice V
EDUC 7650
Learning Community of Practice VI
2. Laboratory of Practice
EDUC 7889
Laboratory of Practice
3. Common Courses8
EDUC 7605
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Educational Practice
EDUC 7615
Evaluation of Educational Programs
EDUC 7625
Building Socially Just Educational Communities
EDUC 7635
Ethical and Legal Issues in Educational Practice
4. Inquiry Approach Electives, minimum 4 hours selected from the following:4
EDUC 7205
Action Research for Educational Practitioners
EDUC 7210
Survey Design for Educational Practitioners
EDUC 7215
Data Analysis for Educational Practitioner
EDUC 7220
Designing Research for Educational Practitioners
EDUC 7225
Ethnography for Educational Practitioners
EDUC 7230
Interviewing for Educational Practitioners
EDUC 7295
Inquiry Seminar for Educational Practitioners
5. Tool Course Electives, minimum 4 hours selected from the following:4
EDUC 7305Representing Data for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7310Integrating Technology in Learning for Educational1
EDUC 7315Project Management for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7320Financial and Budgeting Skills for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7325Grant Writing for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7330Human Relations Skills for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7395Tool Seminar for Educational Practitioners1
6. Specialization30-60
Courses in an area of specialization (can include Master’s or Education Specialist work)
7. Dissertation in Practice8

 Total: minimum 80 hours, post-bacclaureate

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Professor Emeritus

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