MA in Science Education

The MA 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 in PreK-12 classrooms, higher education, and adult education.

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


Priority deadline: December 1
Admissions decisions: January

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 detailed admissions, tuition and funding information on the MA and PhD admissions page.


To view the core curriculum and electives visit the the MA 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.

As part of your degree program, you can choose to write a dissertation.

Examples of past MA student dissertations:

  • 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

Research opportunities

You can engage in research that advances the field of science education and ties into your specific area of interest. Faculty work closely with you to achieve your research and educational goals and improve educational opportunities for students. Learn more about the student research experience in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

View faculty areas of research expertise.

Career outlook

Graduates of the MA in Mathematics Education have assumed positions as university faculty, instructional leaders in the public schools, curriculum development specialists, and assessment specialists. Many go on to earn their PhD in STEM education [link] to PhD in STEM ed page.

MA Science Education faculty