Course List: Engineering Education and Transformative Practice

Course List: Engineering Education and Transformative Practice

The following list provides examples of the courses students can take in the three focus area. The selection of courses is neither comprehensive nor necessarily intended as a recommendation. The choice of specific courses is determined through the active suggestion of the student and in consultation with the major professor. In this manner students will work with their advisors and committee to design a program of study that best suits their particular research focus on career trajectory.

Engineering Formation Core

The core engineering formation courses provide an understanding of the landscape of this globally connected discipline. Individual course offerings focus on theories of learning and human development in engineering; contemporary issues in engineering formation; and research and evaluation methods in engineering education and practice contexts.

Students are expected to choose a minimum of 3 (6 for direct Ph.D.) credit hours from the following engineering formation core courses:

Current course offering:

  • ENED 8010: Introduction to Engineering Education Research and Methodology (3 hours)
  • ENED 8020: Current Issues as a Lens for the Integration of Engineering Education Research and Teaching Practice (3 hours)
  • ENED 8030: Educational Research and Evaluation Methods in Engineering (3 hours)
  • ENED 8040: Theories of Learning and Human Development in Contemporary Engineering Education Research (3 hours)

Courses planned / under development:

  • ENED XXXX: Foundations of Science and Technology Studies (3 hours)
  • ENED XXXX: Independent Study in Engineering Formation and Transformative Practice (3 hours)

Social and Educational Inquiry Methods

The research methods courses draw on the broad offering of courses across the University of Georgia, including the College of Education. In line with the student's research project, these courses can comprise offerings in the qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods areas.

Students are expected to choose a minimum of 3 (6 for direct Ph.D.) credit hours of advanced coursework in educational or social research methods. The following provides a list of example courses. This list is neither intended to be comprehensive nor constitute a recommendation – the choice of specific courses is determined through the active suggestion of the student and in consultation with the major professor.

  • ANTH(GEOG)(SOCI) 8430: Community-Engaged Research (Praxis) (3 hours)
  • EDHI 8200: Institutional Research (3 hours)
  • EDHI 8910: Quantitative Methods in Higher Education I (3 hours)
  • EDHI 8930: Qualitative Research in Higher Education (3 hours)
  • EDIT 8290: Design-Based Research Methods (3 hours)
  • ERSH 6200: Methods of Research in Education (3 hours)
  • ERSH 6300: Applied Statistical Methods in Education (3 hours)
  • ERSH 7250: Educational Program and Project Evaluation (3 hours)
  • ERSH 8610: Theories of Educational Measurement (3 hours)
  • ERSH 9210: Quantitative Design in Education (3 hours)
  • ETAP(QUAL) 8040: Video Ethnography of Education (3 hours)
  • QUAL 8400: Qualitative Research Traditions (3 hours)
  • QUAL 8575: Mixed Methods Approaches to Research (3 hours)
  • SOWK(MNPO) 7106: Evaluation of Community and Institutional Practices (3 hours)

Application and Context

Course selection in the Application and Context area draws on the full breadth of graduate course offering in technical and non-technical fields that provide specific content, theory, or methods to support and ground the students' chosen research trajectory.

Students are expected to choose a minimum of 3 (6 for direct Ph.D.) credit hours of coursework to provide a deep understanding of the application context of their research project. The following provides a list courses in some example areas that a students' dissertation may focus on.


  • ALDR 7350: Team and Organizational Development (3 hours)
  • ALDR 8030E: Diffusion of Innovations (3 hours)
  • BUSN 7500: Business Ethics (1.5 – 3 hours)
  • ECHD 9080: Advanced Theories and Procedures of Group Work (3 hours)
  • ECON 8210: Industrial Economics I (3 hours)
  • MNML 7947: Social Entrepreneurship (3 hours)

Environment / Agriculture

  • AGCM 8100: Culture-Centered Communication and Engagement (3 hours)
  • ALDR 8500E: Change Theories in Environmental Conservation (3 hours)
  • ECOL 8730: Environmental Policy (3 hours)
  • EETH(JURI) 5870/7870: Environmental Dispute Resolution (2 hours)
  • PHIL(EETH) 4220/6220: Environmental Ethics (3 hours)


  • AFAM(PSYC) 4500/6500: Psychology of Prejudice (3 hours)
  • ECHD 9320: Teaching and Diversity (3 hours)
  • ECHD 9930: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Student Affairs (3 hours)
  • EFND(ANTH) 7150: Anthropology of Education (3 hours)
  • SOCI(AFAM) 6370: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • WMST(AFAM) 4060/6060: Black Feminism (3 hours)

Educational Contexts

  • EBUS 5070/7070: Contemporary Entrepreneurship and Management Practices for Educators (3 hours)
  • ECHD 8290: Social Justice and Liberation Frameworks in School and Community    Settings (3 hours)
  • ECHD 9410: Organizational Development and Consultation in Higher Education (3 hours)
  • ECHD 9420: Advanced Theories of College Student Development (3 hours)
  • EDAP 8070: Ethics in Educational Leadership (3 hours)
  • EDHI 9040: Using Technology in the College Classroom (3 hours)
  • EDIT 8400: Games and Learning (3 hours)

K-12 Engineering Education

  • ECHD 8310: Social Justice Assessment and Program Evaluation in P-16 Settings (3 hours)
  • EDAP 8040: Social Psychology of Schools (3 hours)
  • EDEC 8030: Research Perspectives in Early Childhood Education (3 hours)

Engineering and Society

  • COMM 8350: The Rhetoric of Science (3 hours)
  • JURI 5580/7580: Law, Science, and Technology (3 hours)
  • PHIL(EETH) 4250/6250: Philosophy of Technology (3 hours)

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