UMass Dartmouth’s newly approved STEM Education PhD program began accepting students this fall. Two concentrations are offered within the program—one in mathematics education and one in science education.
"Improving STEM education is a matter of regional and national economic importance, but it is also a national security imperative as the United States faces a myriad of global science and technology challenges," said Provost Mohammad Karim. "Our world-class faculty in this field are poised to teach, mentor, and inspire a new generation of STEM education innovators."
The doctoral program builds on the PhD in mathematics education established in 2009 and will prepare students to improve STEM education throughout the region, state, and nation as teachers and as educational policy creators. Graduates will gain a deep understanding of STEM education strategies and develop important skills in communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and data analysis.
Approval of this degree builds on the array of federally supported research initiatives already in place at the university and the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education, which conducts and shares research designed to enhance STEM education.