Science Education

Purpose

The Master of Arts in Science Education program integrates theory, application, and content, allowing teachers to update pedagogy, content knowledge, and to add endorsements to their teaching licenses if needed. Specifically designed with K12 science teacher practitioners in mind, the Master of Arts in Science Education strives to:

  • Educate practicing K-12 science teachers in science education theories, philosophies of science, educational research methods, and curriculum development in science education with the goal of influencing change in teaching practice.
  • Support students as they make and communicate scholarly contributions to science education, demonstrating their ability to reflect on the impact of this contribution and its connection to significant knowledge acquired in the master’s program and relevant science education research.

Most students in the program are teacher practitioners. While teacher licensure is not required for program acceptance, students without a current teaching license must complete the requirements for licensure concurrently with their degree.  However, licensure courses are only offered on campus at this time.

This program builds a strong foundation in science content knowledge to complement research-based pedagogical practices. Graduates are prepared to continue on in the classroom as highly qualified practitioners. Many also continue with additional education, move into administration, Area Education Agencies or state agencies as science consultants or other leadership positions. Several have become National Board certified teachers. Many are professionally active in state science teaching organizations and conferences.