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PhD in Engineering Education Program

Purdue established the School of Engineering Education (ENE)—the world's first such academic unit—in 2004, and along with it, the world's first engineering education doctoral program, for students who wish to pursue rigorous research in how engineering is best taught, learned, and practiced.

Distinct from instructor-training programs, Purdue's PhD in Engineering Education Program and the growing discipline of engineering education are about conducting fundamental research on engineering learning and bridging research and practice—defining effective practices, identifying the reasons why they work, developing curricula, assessing how students learn, and moving those findings into the classrooms of tomorrow's engineers. A master's program is in development and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning Engineering is now available.

In ENE, you'll find an enthusiastic and committed community of scholars who lead in building the discipline's intellectual framework (e.g., through the NSF-sponsored Engineering Education Research Colloquies). Faculty and doctoral students work collaboratively across the entire educational continuum (preschool through college, extending into the workplace), and our alumni find employment in academia, industry, and professional organizations.

For more information

  • Check out the links at right for details on our doctoral program, more information on the School of Engineering Education, and information of general interest to graduate students at Purdue.
  • Use this form: Request for Information.
  • Contact the Engineering Education Graduate Office at or 765-494-3331.