Science Education

Elective Courses


Elective course requirements differ slightly between Thesis and Non-Thesis options and can be taken either separately or concurrently with the Core courses.


Thesis Option

Non-Thesis Option

Science content electives



Education, Science, or Science Education electives






Elective credits must contain a minimum number of science content courses (8 credits for thesis; 11 credits for non-thesis).  These courses are designated with the course prefixes of: BIOL, CHEM, EARTHSCI, ENV SCI, and PHYSICS.  Some SCI ED courses may also count toward science content and is determined on a case by case basis.  These courses can also be used to satisfy additional endorsement or dual credit certification requirements.

Emphases in Earth Science or Physics require a total of 36 combined semester hours of undergraduate and graduate course work in Earth Science or Physics respectively.  At least 8 hrs of those must be at the graduate level (5000-level or greater) and can count towards either set of electives.

Additional, non-science content electives (5 credits for thesis; 7 for non-thesis) may come from a variety of sources including Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, Elementary, Early Childhood and Middle Level Education, Health Education, Instructional Technology, Math Education, Special Education, Social Foundations, and Post-Secondary Education.  Students will be informed via email of the relevant course offerings available each term.

Elective course formats vary widely and may include “traditional” campus-based courses, blended courses with some on-line and some face-to-face instruction, and entirely on-line courses in synchronous (specific meeting day/time), asynchronous-paced (no meeting time but specific due dates) and asynchronous-self-paced instruction. Check specific course descriptions for details on each course.

Full-time teachers enrolled in the program part-time are strongly encouraged not to exceed 3-4 credits of graduate course work per semester.  However, many teachers opt to take more during the summer months.