Department of Science/Mathematics Education

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Science Education

Traditionally, the master's degree in Science Education has been structured without a thesis requirement. This works well for students expecting the master’s to be their terminal degree. Those students who wish to pursue an advanced degree are better served to choose the thesis option; this work prepares the student for doctoral level research. Either degree, with the appropriate graduate level science coursework, prepares students to teach at community colleges.

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Science Education stresses training in the art of teaching and advanced knowledge in the science selected for major specialization. Designed for individuals with significant ability in a discipline and a serious commitment to teaching, the program offers an opportunity for professional development of experienced teachers. Admission requires, in addition to general university requirements, at least one 24-hour teaching field in science. Students with strong backgrounds in an area of specialization are encouraged to discuss alternate plans with their advisor. Students without the required science content backgrounds are required to correct the deficiencies prior to admission. The MAT degree in Science Education requires 36 semester hours.

Science Education Courses (9 hours)

  • SCE 5301 Critical Issues in Science Education
  • SCE 5305 Evaluating Research in Science Education
  • SCE 5308 Research Design and Methodology

Science Content Courses (18-24 hours)

  • Primary Area: 12-16 hours in biology, chemistry, geosciences, or physics.
  • Secondary Area: 6-8 hours in biology, chemistry, geosciences, or physics.

Electives (3-12 hours)
Three to twelve hours of electives are taken to complete the required minimum of 36 hours. These elective hours, chosen with the graduate advisor,may include additional science, mathematics, education and science education courses. No more than two of the four courses required for a primary area may be taken during a summer field trip. No more than 15 hours will be accepted for transfer credit. Under appropriate circumstances, the department head may make substitutions for portions of these requirements.

  • Updated: February 11, 2011