Ph.D. in Engineering Education

Ph.D. in Engineering Education

General Admission Requirements 

  • B.​​​​​S. in STEM related field or B.S. and related experience; or Masters in an engineering or CS discipline
  • GPA requirements as defined by the Graduate School, no GRE requirement

Degree Requirements

At least 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree are required. These hours include EED master’s degree work taken at the University of Florida or, if approved, up to 30 hours of master’s degree work earned at another approved university outside UF. Course substitutions must be petitioned and are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Requirements include completion of the following:

  • EED Core Courses: 15 credit hours
  • Experiential Learning: 5 credit hours
  • Elective Requirement: 6 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Concentration: 15 credits of graduate work in computer science or a single engineering discipline outside of EED. This requirement is waived if a student is admitted with a master’s degree in an engineering or computer science discipline.
  • Research for Doctoral Dissertation: 49 credits in EGS 7979 & EGS 7980
  • Additional requirements are the successful presentation and defense of the:
    • Qualifying exam (limited to 2 attempts), in core areas of engineering education.
    • Dissertation proposal, in an individual area of engineering education, designed by the student with support from their advisor and supervisory committee.
    • Doctoral dissertation, based on the proposal, and will be the culminating experience of the degree.
  • Proof of one accepted, first-author, peer-reviewed journal article and one conference proceedings paper, approved by the students’ supervisory committee chair.
  • One semester of a research to practice experience, such as a teaching experience, a practical internship, (e.g., educational policy internship, educational industry partner) or curriculum development/creation/transformation (e.g., a single module for a course, multiple modules, an entire course, or multiple courses, as appropriate).
  • Creation of a reflective engineering education portfolio, which highlights concrete evidence of development of knowledge and skills in the program outcomes throughout a student’s graduate work. The portfolio should be discussed with the students’ supervisory committee.

Graduate Handbook

EED Graduate Handbook 2022-2024


Course descriptions are available in the Graduate Catalog. Please refer to the Ph.D. requirements for additional details.

EED Core Courses (15 cr)

  1. EGS 6050. Foundations in Engineering Education (3 cr)
  2. EGS 6054: Cognition, Learning, and Pedagogy in Engineering Education (3 cr)
  3. EGS 6051: Instructional Design in Engineering Education (3 cr)
  4. EGS 6020: Research Design in Engineering Education (3 cr)
  5. EGS 6012: Research Methods in Engineering Education (3 cr)

EED Experience Courses (5 cr)

  1. EGS 6940: Preparation for Engineering Education Research to Practice Experience (1 cr)
  2. EGS 6949: Research to Practice Experience in Engineering Education (3 cr)
  3. EGS 6930: Engineering Education Seminar – required registration for one semester, attendance required for entire program (1 cr)

EED Elective Requirement (6 cr)

Students must take 6 credits of graduate courses related to their dissertation research topic and/or career goals. The courses must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Disciplinary Concentration (15 cr)

Students must take 15 credits of graduate courses in a single engineering or computer science discipline. At least 9 credits must be at the 6000 level. This requirement is waived if a student is admitted with a master’s in an engineering discipline or computer science.