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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

Research Opportunities

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.

View areas of faculty research expertise.

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

Career Outlook

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.


Barbara Billington Senior Lecturer
Barbara Billington
Gillian Roehrig Professor
Gillian Roehrig
Bhaskar Upadhyay Associate Professor
Bhaskar Upadhyay


To view the core curriculum and electives visit the the M.A. in Science Education in the course catalog. 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

See the funding information for M.A. students

Transfer Credits

International students

Admissions Information

Priority deadline: December 1

Admissions decisions: January

For more detailed admissions information visit the M.A. admissions page