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Engineering Education: MS, PhD

Engineering Education

In recent years, the field of engineering education has evolved into its own emerging discipline that currently exists in parallel with more traditional engineering disciplines, such as mechanical, civil, electrical, and biological engineering. Utah State University (USU) is one of the earliest higher education institutions in the United States that offers both Ph.D. and M.S. programs in engineering education.

Offered by the Department of Engineering Education (EED) in the College of Engineering at USU, both Ph.D. and M.S. programs will prepare students to be engineering instructors, engineering education researchers and specialists with solid knowledge and skills in designing and assessing engineering curriculum and engineering knowledge, implementing evidence-based instructional approaches in student-centered engineering learning environments, identifying and synthesizing relevant theories to frame the research problem, applying appropriate and creative research methods to studies in engineering education. In addition, the Ph.D. program will develop students' knowledge in engineering education foundations and the role of cognition in engineering education, and will train students to develop competitive grant proposals for improving engineering education.


Additional Information:

Both programs are offered face-to-face and are delivered on the Logan campus of USU. They are not available as online programs.


Ph.D. graduates typically enter into a higher education institution for teaching and research or administration. M.S. graduates either continue for a Ph.D. study or enter into industry. Additional career options for both Ph.D. and M.S. graduates include: education or training specialist in government and non-profit organizations, education data specialist in government and non-profit organizations, and educational hardware/software developer and specialist in education industry.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Ph.D. program must have a bachelor's degree in an engineering, engineering technology, or computer science discipline, as well as a Master's degree in any discipline prior to admission. Applicants for the M.S. program must have a bachelor's degree in an engineering, engineering technology, or computer science discipline prior to admission. Applicants for either Ph.D. or M.S. program must have minimum GPA (or equivalent) of 3.0 (out of 4.0) during the most recent 60 semesters (or 90 quarter credits) of college instruction.

Application Requirements:

Applicants must complete the online application, which includes:

  1. Online application form
  2. Official transcript of bachelor's courses
  3. Official transcript of Master's courses (if applicable)
  4. Names and e-mail addresses of three professional references who will be contacted by the USU Graduate School after the online application form is submitted
  5. Resume or curriculum vitae (i.e., detailed form of resume) highlighting your relevant qualifications and achievements, and
  6. Typed, single-space written response to each of the following prompts (1-2 pages for each prompt).
    1. Background: How does your background (work, study and life experiences) prepare and inspire you to pursue a graduate degree? Why are you passionate about engineering education?
    2. Career Goals: What are your career goals? How will a graduate degree further those goals? What do you know about engineering education practices and/or engineering education research?
    3. Why USU: Why is USU the place for you to pursue your EED graduate program? How are your interests aligned with the research conducted within EED? Which professors would you like to work with and why?

International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The requirement for submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is waived if 1) the applicant's native language is English OR 2) the applicant's undergraduate courses were taught in English. The requirement for submission of GRE scores is waived for all applications. For details, see additional admissions requirements.


Admission Deadlines

The Department of Engineering Education admits and funds selected students on a rolling basis. Applicants can submit their applications anytime. They are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible, typically 3-4 months before spring or fall semester starts. International students are encouraged to apply much earlier to allow sufficient time for visa applications.


Program Requirements

The Ph.D. program requires students must, among others,

  1. Complete minimum 42-credit course requirements, including 16-credit Engineering Education Core courses, 9-credit Research Theory Core courses, minimum 5-credit Technical Elective courses, and minimum 12-credit Ph.D. Dissertation research.
  2. Complete Qualifying Examination.
  3. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 during the graduate study.

The M.S. program offers Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (research project) options. Plan A of the M.S. program requires students must, among others,

  1. Complete minimum 30-credit course requirements, including 6-credit Engineering Education Core courses, 6-credit Research Theory Core courses, minimum 12-credit Technical Elective courses, and minimum 6-credit Master's Thesis research.
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 during the graduate study.

Plan B of the M.S. program requires students must, among others,

  1. Complete minimum 30-credit course requirements, including 6-credit Engineering Education Core courses, 6-credit Research Theory Core courses, minimum 15-credit Technical Elective courses, and minimum 3-credit research project.
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 during the graduate study.

Potential students are encouraged to contact the Department of Engineering Education to find out detailed requirements for Ph.D. and/or M.S. program.


Financial Assistance

Depending on the availability of project funds, the Department of Engineering Education may fund full-time Ph.D. and M.S. students with research and/or teaching assistantships.

A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Students may also be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying research and/or teaching assistantships.


Kurt Becker, PhD, Texas A&M University
Professor
Area: Engineering Learning & Problem Solving, Engineering Workplace & Training, K-12 STEM Education.
Office: ENGR 405C
Phone: (435) 797-2076
Email: kurt.becker@usu.edu


Ning Fang, PhD, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Professor
Area: Engineering Learning & Problem Solving, K-12 STEM Education, Technology Enhanced Learning.
Office: ENGR 224
Phone: (435) 797-2948
Email: ning.fang@usu.edu


Wade Goodridge, PhD, Utah State University
Associate Professor
Area: Engineering Learning & Problem Solving, Engineering Workplace & Training, K-12 STEM Education, Online Engineering Education.
Office: ENGR 218
Phone: (435) 797-9051
Email: wade.goodridge@usu.edu


Shelly Halling, MS, MA, Utah State University, California State University
Lecturer
Area: Technical Writing.
Office: ENGR 405E
Phone: (435) 797-7334
Email: shelly.halling@usu.edu


Oenardi Lawanto, PhD, University of Illinois
Associate Professor
Area: Engineering Learning & Problem Solving, Engineering Workplace & Training, K-12 STEM Education, Online Engineering Education, Technology Enhanced Learning.
Office: ENGR 219
Phone: (435) 797-8699
Email: olawanto@usu.edu


Cassandra McCall, PhD, Virginia Tech
Assistant Professor
Area: Engineering Learning & Problem Solving, Online Engineering Education, Diversity and Inclusion.
Office: ENGR 225
Phone: (435) 797-0944
Email: cassandra.mccall@usu.edu


Angela Minichiello, PhD, Utah State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Engineering Learning & Problem Solving, Engineering Workplace & Training, K-12 STEM Education, Online Engineering Education, Technology Enhanced Learning, Diversity and Inclusion.
Office: ENGR 217
Phone: (435) 797-6370
Email: angie.minichiello@usu.edu


Melissa Scheaffer, MS, Utah State University
Principal Lecturer
Area: Technical Writing.
Office: ENGR 405D
Phone: (435) 797-9876
Email: melissa.sch@usu.edu


Marissa Tsugawa, PhD, University of Nevada, Reno
Assistant Professor
Area: Engineering Learning & Problem Solving, K-12 STEM Education, Diversity and Inclusion.
Office: ENGR 405A
Phone: (435) 797-1248
Email: marissa.sugawa@usu.edu



Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American Society of Engineering Education USU Student Chapter: ASEE is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting education in engineering and engineering technology. ASEE's goal is to help engineering educators and students by its various goals for research, instruction, public service, etc.


Labs, Centers, Research

Center for Engineering Education Research: The center will train the future leaders responsible for designing engineering course pedagogy, curriculum, and leveraged research to improve learning outcomes.

Rocky Mountain NASA Space Grant Consortium: RMNSGC is one of 52 National Space Grant Consortia in the United States. As a member of the consortium, USU has awarded more than 100 fellowships to students interested in aerospace-related education and careers. The majority of Space Grant student awards include a mentored research experience with university faculty and NASA scientists, engineers, and technologists.

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Academic Advising

Ning Fang
Professor
Office: ENGR 224
Phone: (435) 797-2948
Email: ning.fang@usu.edu



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