Graduate Program in Curriculum and Instruction

An example of research project by a graduate student in Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education.

Research Topic: Students’ difficulties in understanding evolutionary trees

What is the nature of difficulties students have with evolutionary trees? What factors cause students to have difficulties in understanding evolutionary trees?

The science education graduate program offers K-12 teachers, curriculum specialists, higher education faculty, informal education specialists, scientists, and other educational professionals the opportunities to investigate contemporary issues related to science learning, teaching, assessing, and curriculum, in the context of K-12 schools, colleges, and universities and informal settings. (Source)

Department and program

Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education

How to apply

How to demonstrate discipline-specific competence?

Rather than demonstrating science knowledge this program focuses on course work in many areas of education.

How to demonstrate independent research competence?

To demonstrate the research competence, students should pass the preliminary exam. In these exams, a student's committee members choose unique questions for a student. Students research the topics and present written and oral reports on the topic.  

Typical Coursework

EDCI 510, Research Colloquium in Science Education
*EDCI 517, Survey of Science Education
*EDCI 518, The Nature of Science in Science Teaching
EDCI 591, C&I Doctoral Seminar I & II
*EDCI 615, Qualitative Research Methods In Education
EDCI 616, Advanced Qualitative Research Methods In Education
*EDPS 533, Introduction to Research in Education
EDPS 630, Research Procedures In Education

*Recommended by student


Research Advisor

Nancy Pelaez

Graduate Funding Support and Opportunities