Jun 17, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
2019-2020 General Catalog

Engineering Education

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Department Head: V. Dean Adams
Location: ENGR 413
Phone: (435) 797-9114
FAX: (435) 797-9093
E-mail: dean.adams@usu.edu
WWW: eed.usu.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Ning Fang, ENGR 224, (435) 797-2948, ning.fang@usu.edu

Degree offered: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering Education

Full details of the learning objectives, assessment plan, student outcomes, and evidence of continuous improvement for these programs of study can be found at eed.usu.edu/assessment/index.

Graduate Programs

The Engineering Education PhD program will produce graduates who:

  • Are knowledgeable in the theory and practice of engineering education and are adept at these aspects within their area of engineering specialization
  • Have the ability to conduct engineering education research in areas including cognition and metacognition, teaching and learning strategies, problem-solving and framing, and K-12 engineering education
  • Possess the knowledge to provide authentic problems and activities emphasizing the application of engineering principles in the classroom

Admission Requirements

See the doctoral general admission requirements identified in this catalog. Admission committees also consider experience, undergraduate record, and formal recommendations. Applicants must have an undergraduate or master's degree in an engineering field, with the other degree in a STEM-related discipline, to be accepted into the doctoral program.

Prerequisites for Matriculation

Students who are admitted provisionally or who have been changed from matriculated to probationary matriculated status will have their records reviewed by a faculty committee upon completion of 12 credits of coursework (among which must be formal engineering courses) or at the end of their second semester at USU. Those students who have earned a 3.0 GPA at that time and desire to be matriculated may apply to the department to have their status changed. If students meet all other academic requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the Engineering Education Department, they will be matriculated and admitted to the degree program. When a student is admitted as a degree candidate, the committee may allow up to 12 credits taken while on non-matriculated status to be transferred.


Specific research projects in engineering education include engineering epistemologies, engineering learning mechanisms, engineering learning systems, engineering diversity and inclusiveness, and engineering assessment.

Financial Assistance

Diverse departmental research programs make it possible to offer graduate financial support in the form of research and teaching assistantships for qualified students. Research assistantships are provided by the Engineering Education Department and by individual faculty research projects. Teaching assistantships are supported by the School of Graduate Studies and by the College of Engineering. Both teaching and research assistantships carry tuition waivers. It is the goal of the Engineering Education department to provide research and/or teaching support for all qualified students. The department offers a limited number of graduate research and teaching assistantships. For further information, contact the Department of Engineering Education.

Additional Information

Two important guides to assist students are available online from the department and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS):

FACULTY - College of Engineering   

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