M.A. in Science Education
The M.A. in Science Education is a research degree designed for experienced educators who wish to explore and improve science teaching and learning. The field of science education is broad and includes STEM 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:
- K-12 teacher preparation and professional development
- Induction and mentoring beginning science teachers
- Design and implementation of curricula
- Environmental education
- Integrated STEM teaching and learning
- Social justice
Students can engage in research that advances the field of science education and ties into their specific area of interest. Faculty work closely with each student to achieve research and educational goals and improve educational opportunities students.
As part of your degree program, you can choose to write a dissertation. Examples of past MA student dissertation:
- Educational Ideology as Decisive Factor in Limiting Out-of-Discipline Middle School Science Teaching
- Why Can’t Teachers Work in the Cloud: An Examination of Science Teacher Online Professional Development
- Enhancing High School Students’ Environmental Awareness and Activism by Using the Theoretical Frameworks of Constructionism and Social Constructivism
- Thinking Systemically: Collaborative Explorations of the Water Cycle
- Comparing Inquiry Science Instruction Within Two High School Biology Classrooms
Graduates of the program have assumed positions as instructional leaders and principals in the public schools. Many go on to earn their Ph.D. in STEM Education.
To view the core curriculum and electives visit the the M.A. in Science Education in the course catalogue. Look under subplan “Science Education.”
Two curriculum options are available for MA students. You can choose either a thesis (Plan A) or final paper (Plan B) to complete your degree.
We have several funding options to support students full-time through program completion. In addition, working professionals can take this program part-time. Please consult an advisor for details
Priority deadline: December 1
Admissions decisions: January
For more detailed admissions information visit the M.A. admissions page