PhD Program Requirements and Curriculum


 A summary of a typical program includes:

Sixteen credits of required core engineering education coursework

  • ENGREDU 6100: Foundations and the Field of Engineering Education (three credits)
  • ENGREDU 6200: Learning Theory, Pedagogy, and Assessment (three credits)
  • ENGREDU 7189.01: Teaching Practicum I (two credits, must be taken in the same term as the start of a significant two-semester teaching experience)
  • ENGREDU 7189.02: Teaching Practicum II (one credit, must be taken in the same term as the second semester of a significant two-semester teaching experience)
  • ENGREDU 7780: Engineering Education Research Design (three credits)
  • ENGREDU 7881: Seminar in Engineering Education (one credit each semester with a requirement of two total to count toward the degree with expectation that students will participate each semester of enrollment unless there are schedule conflicts)
  • ENGREDU 7900: Career Exploration and Professional Development in Engineering Education (three credits)

Nine credits in research methods through courses that support the student’s research

  • Three credits of quantitative research methods that includes an emphasis on statistics, includingbut not limited to the following existing OSU courses:
    • STAT 5510: Statistical Foundations of Survey Research
    • STAT 6410: Design and Analysis of Experiments
    • ESQREM 6641: Introduction to Educational Statistics
    • ESQREM 6661: Introduction to Educational Measurement
    • AEE 8860: Research Design
  • Three credits of qualitative research methods, including but not limited to the following existingOSU courses:
    • ESHESA 7256: Qualitative Research in Higher Educational Settings
    • EDUTL 8001: Discourse Analysis and Educational Research I
    • EDUTL 8002: Discourse Analysis and Educational Research II
    • ESQRE 8280: Qualitative Research in Education: Paradigms, Theories, and Exemplars
  • Three credits of advanced / mixed research methods, including but not limited to the followingexisting OSU courses:§ESQREM 7635: Advanced Research Methods
    • EDUTL 7749 Concept Inventories in STEM Education
    • ESQRE 8290: Qualitative Research in Education: Methods and Analysis
    • EDUTL 8751: Survey and Critical Analysis of Research in STEM Education

Twelve credits of specialization elective coursework through approved courses that support the student’s research focus and future career goals to include:

  • Three credits minimum within the Department of Engineering Education
  • Three credits minimum outside the Department of Engineering Education
  • A coherent course of study in the student's chosen area of specialization. Each faculty advisor will work with their students to together define the specialization focus for each student's coursework, based on student needs and faculty interests. Further categorization will be developed among the emergent individual specializations. It is not intended that any specializations will appear on the student transcript unless the student specifically chooses to draw upon existing OSU programs that are already noted on transcripts. Some examples (many of which are transcriptable) include:
    • Adult education / Business human resource development
    • African American and African studies (transcriptable OSU graduate minor)
    • Applied developmental science in education (transcriptable OSU interdisciplinary specialization)
    • College and university teaching (transcriptable OSU interdisciplinary specialization)
    • Disability studies (transcriptable OSU interdisciplinary specialization)
    • Engineering technical communications
    • Humanitarian engineering
    • Inter-professional studies (transcriptable OSU interdisciplinary specialization)
    • Latino/a studies (transcriptable OSU interdisciplinary specialization)
    • Neuroscience (transcriptable OSU graduate minor)
    • Nonprofit studies (transcriptable OSU graduate minor)
    • Public policy and management (transcriptable OSU graduate minor)
    • Sexuality studies (transcriptable OSU interdisciplinary specialization)
    • Statistics and statistical data analysis (transcriptable OSU graduate minor)
    • Survey research (transcriptable OSU interdisciplinary specialization)
    • Women's, gender, and sexuality studies (transcriptable OSU graduate minor)

​​​​​​​Twelve credits in traditional engineering coursework at the 5000 level or higher*

Thirty credits of dissertation research (ENGREDU 8999 or other approved 8999 course)