M.A. | PhD
Priority deadline: December 1
Lesa Covington Clarkson
Identifying strategies to increase underrepresented student achievement | Math in urban classrooms. Full profile
Teaching + learning rational numbers in grades 4-8 | Fraction learning in 4th + 5th graders | Teacher preparation. Full profile
Science teacher development | STEM integration | STEM education in Native communities | Chemistry education. Full profile
Science as an agent for change, empowerment, and social justice for urban minority youth | Science learning for immigrant students and families. Full profile
Choose your focus
M.A. curricular strands
The field of science education is broad and includes science and environmental education at the K-12 levels, the college level, in informal and adult settings and in early childhood.
Focus areas of research include:
- Preparing pre-service science teachers (K-12)
- Induction and mentoring beginning science teachers
- Design and implementation of curricula across the K-college spectrum
- Environmental education
- Cooperative learning
- Social justice
Mathematics education is in transition. We are focused on helping schools move from an emphasis on algorithms to teaching problem solving, communication, connections, reasoning, and representation.
Our research, outreach, and curriculum help teachers change from a “teaching by telling” pedagogy to one which emphasizes conceptual understanding and problem solving.
Choose your focus
54 course credits + 24 thesis credits = 78 totalCommon curriculum
This specialization includes both science and environmental education in PK-12 settings, at the college level, and in informal and adult settings.
Focus areas of research include:
- pre-service science teacher education, and induction | mentoring of beginning science teachers
- design and implementation of K-16 curricula
- environmental education, and social justice
You will engage in discipline-based education research in biology education, chemistry education, earth-system science education, and physics education.
Our faculty are cutting-edge researchers, and spend significant time in schools, collaborating with teachers, and conducting research to improve mathematics curricula and pedagogy.
Coursework in this field emphasizes both:
- the latest theories in mathematics
- and teaching through hands-on methods that focus on problem solving, spatial visualization, and algebraic competence.
Engineering education is an emerging research discipline that spans pioneering work in how engineering concepts are introduced, learned and effectively taught at the K-12 level.
Connect with students and faculty in the University of Minnesota's College of Science Engineering. Be challenged by the rigors of the engineering field and the complexities of integrating and evaluating engineering curricula in both formal and informal settings.
This is a research-oriented program that will prepare students for university faculty positions, public and corporate leadership roles in education, natural resource management, Extension Education, international development, and many other professional careers in agriculture and life sciences.
Support is available in the form of:
- Teaching Assistantships. The majority work as student teaching supervisors for M.Ed. initial licensure students. Daytime availability, a teaching license, and teaching experience are required
- Research Assistantships
- Fellowships. Based on a departmental nomination process. You will be notified by the Director of Graduate Studies if you are being considered for a fellowship
A typical full benefits assistantship (tuition, health insurance + stipend) 20 hours/week at approximately $18/hour. Benefits are pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.
Have a complete application in by December 1 to be considered for these positions for the following academic year.
While support is not guaranteed, we make every attempt to financially support full-time students through completion. You may also explore assistantships available outside our department on the University's employment page.
Credit for past work
M.A. students must complete at least 60% of coursework (not including thesis credits) within our program. PhD students may transfer no more than 15 credits from an outside institution.
A maximum of 12 graduate course credits taken as non-degree seeking or non-admitted status at the University of Minnesota can be transferred--this is counted separately from the maximum 60%, or 15 outside institution credits.
For example, a PhD student could transfer a maximum of 27 credits (15 outside + 12 non-degree from UMN).
If you earned a M.A. at the UMN, please contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator to discuss transfer procedures.
Thesis credits cannot be transferred.
After you are admitted, you will work with your adviser to determine which credits may transfer.
Where our grads go from here
Placements in higher education
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, St. Thomas University | Assistant Professor, University of Idaho | Visiting Assistant Professor at Carleton College | Assistant Professor of Science Education at Iowa State University | Assistant Professor, Purdue University | Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences at Metropolitan State University | Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Texas A&M | Lecturer at the University of Minnesota | Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Science at Crown College | Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls | Assistant Professor, Curriculum Instruction and Chemistry, North Dakota State University | Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education, University of Nevada - Las Vegas | Assistant Professor, SUNY Brockport | Assistant Professor, Hamline University | Associate Professor, University of Idaho | Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, Bemidji State University | Assistant Professor, School of Education, North Dakota State University | Assistant Professor, DePaul University | Associate Professor, University of Montana | Associate Professor, Western Michigan | Assistant professor, Augsburg University | Assistant Professor, Winona State University
Placements in K12 and other settings
Program Specialist at Out for Equity, St. Paul Public Schools | Coordinator of Science and Mathematics, St. Cloud Public Schools | STEM Coordinator, Owatonna Public Schools | Science teacher at St. Paul Academy | Director of Middle School at Visitation School | High School Chemistry Teacher, Mounds View High School | Physics teacher at Richfield High School | Science Educator, Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS)
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Fax: (612) 624.8277
125H Peik Hall
Office hours 8:00 - 3:30