Science Education (MEd)

Degree Overview

The graduate program in science education offers a Professional Licensure concentration for students who want to expand their study of biology, chemistry, earth science and environmental science. This Professional Licensure program enhances teaching methods, curricula, research and content in science education. Within this track students can pursue professional licensure in general science.

The science teaching concentration is flexible enough to accommodate students interested in elementary, middle school, secondary or non-traditional science education. Students work closely with an advisor to select the appropriate balance of content and teaching courses to meet their objectives. Students pursuing professional licensure in general science must complete a science teaching internship and 18 credits of coursework in science content chosen from at least two of the sciences including biology, earth science and appropriate courses in physics and chemistry offered through the science education program.

Requirements and Curriculum

Professional Licensure

Program Prerequisites

  • Major or minor in biology, earth science, physics, chemistry or related field
  • Initial Licensure

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Since the program is designed with working professionals in mind, I was able to complete the program at my own pace while continuing to teach full-time. The faculty and staff are incredibly supportive and provided me with important pedagogical skills, content knowledge, and a lasting experience. This program allowed me to attain my personal and professional goals and inspired me to pursue further studies in Mathematics and Science Education.
– Chris Covino, 2010

Program at a Glance

Admissions

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a major in biology, earth science, physics, chemistry, or a related field
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
      • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
      • What did you do in that particular situation?
      • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
      • How do you feel about the situation now?
      • What would you change, if anything?

Delivery

Online and on-campus courses in the evenings. With some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

36 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

CAEP/NCATE accredited

Career Opportunities

Affords students the option to teach in all areas of science, including biology, chemistry, earth science and environmental science.

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