COE: EdD: STEM THEMES Education Scholars
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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)


 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 7889Laboratory of Practice3
3. Required Common Courses
EDUC 7215Data Analysis for Educational Practitioners3
EDUC 7395Research and Technical Writing for Educational Practitioners2
EDUC 7615
EDUC 7625Building Socially Just and Ethical Educational Communities3
EDUC 7710Research Methods and Design for Educational Practitioners 3
ED REM 7781Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I3
4. Tools Courses
EDUC 7310Integrating Technology in Learning for Educational1
EDUC 7325Grant Writing for Educational Practitioners1
5. Specialization30-60
Courses in an area of specialization (can include Master’s or Education Specialist work)
6. Dissertation in Practice
EDUC 7998Dissertation in Practice Research8

 Total: minimum 80 hours, post-bacclaureate

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Carl Hoagland, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus

Carl Hoagland is the Emerson Electric Endowed Professor of Technology and Learning and the Director of the E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center. He previously served as the Executive Director of The Regional Consortium for Education and Technology, a technology center that served over 30 K-12 school districts in Eastern Missouri and Sout...
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Phyllis Balcerzak, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

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Charles R. Granger, Ph.D.
Curators’ Teaching Professor

Professor Granger earned a B.S. in botany and zoology from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Biology and an M.S. in science education, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in plant physiology and science education from the University of Iowa. He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Biology Association for ...
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William C. Kyle, Jr., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education

Bill Kyle is the E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education. He received a BS in Biology from LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) and a MS and PhD in Science Education from The University of Iowa. Prior to joining the UM-St. Louis faculty in 1996, Professor Kyle taught middle and high school science in New York and Iowa and between 1982 and 19...
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Keith W Miller, Ph.D.
Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Science

Keith W. Miller is UMSL's Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences. His Ph.D. is in computer science, and his research specialties are computer ethics, online education, and software testing. His Des Lee Collaborative community partner is the Saint Louis Science Center. He is also part of UMSL's Technology & Learning Center.
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Helene J. Sherman, Ed.D.
Scholar in Residence

     Helene J. Sherman, Ed. D., is an Emeritus Professor in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Washington University in St. Louis and a masters and doctorate degree in education at UM-St. Louis. Dr. Sherman taught elementary school and ...