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School of Teacher Education

School of Teacher Education

Master of Arts
In Various Concentrations

Master of Arts in Teaching

Concentration in Science Education


Begins in Fall of Even-Numbered Years

Deadline and Application Information

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We seek elementary teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers who are interested in exploring how to teach and learn science more effectively. You do not need to be a science expert to join the program. You do, however, need to have an interest in furthering your knowledge of the science ideas in the K-12 curriculum, how children think about science, how science instruction can empower all children rather than an elite few, and how research can improve instruction. The program consists of 30 units of coursework, although you may apply 6 units of graduate coursework (including graduate teaching credential coursework) completed within the past five years.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • What are the unifying scientific ideas behind the K-12 science curriculum?
  • How can science be empowering for all students rather than an elite few?
  • How do K-12 students (as opposed to adults) think about science?
  • What are the implications of the Next Generation Science Standards for teaching practice?
  • What does it mean to have a deep understanding of science?
  • How can we effectively assess our students' science understandings? 
  • How can research improve our instruction?
  • What science education issues are being discussed locally, nationally, & internationally?
[+] Who should apply for this program?
[+] What are the program goals?
[+] Who are the program faculty?
[+] What are the program courses and when will I take these courses?
[+] I am a full-time teacher. Will I be able to complete this program?
[+] Are there easier or faster ways to complete my Master of Arts degree in Teaching?
[+] What are tuition costs?
[+] Am I eligible for financial aid or scholarships?
[+] What are the major components that are required to complete this program?
[+] Do I have to take the GRE?
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