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.


Cohorts Prior to 2019

Cohorts Prior to 2019

2019 Cohort and After

2019 Cohort and After


Theis Option Non-Thesis Option Thesis Option Non-Thesis Option

Science content electives

8 11 6 8

Education, Science, or Science Education electives

5 7 4 5


13 18 10 13

Elective credits must contain a minimum number of science content courses.  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 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.