Graduate programs in Science Education include coursework in professional education and in a specialized science field. Thesis programs have a substantial educational research component. Coursework in science includes 12 to15 credit hours of courses in a specific area such as a physical, biological, earth or marine science. Candidates should have undergraduate degrees in a specific science or science education. Study may be broadened to include areas such as outdoor education, recreation, and community education.
M.Ed. The regular (non-thesis) Master of Education degree program in Science Education requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. Applicants should have degrees in a specific science or science education and must take 15 credit hours in education and 12-15 credit hours in a major science subject area. This program does not lead to teacher certification. It is designed primarily for current science teachers who wish to strengthen their practice.
C.A.S. The Certificate of Advanced Study program in Science Education includes an individually planned course of study developed by the student and advisor. The program may include half the coursework in professional education and the other half in an area of concentration such as science or environmental studies.
M.S. The Master of Science degree is a thesis program with a minimum of 30 credit hours divided between education and a major science subject area. Students in this program work closely with a faculty advisor to engage in original research in science education.
Teacher Certification Programs. The program available to candidates seeking teacher certification in science education is the Master of Science in Teaching, (MST).