Department of Science/Mathematics Education

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Science Education

Traditionally, the master's 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.

All students seeking the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Science Education degree by writing a thesis must satisfactorily complete the following requirements (minimum of 36 graduate semester hours):

In addition to coursework requirements, students must submit, no later than the second semester of enrollment in the research coursework (SCE 5308), an acceptable research proposal to the supervising committee. Upon completion of the thesis research, the candidate will publicly defend the thesis. The thesis is directed by a supervising professor and must be approved by the head of the Science/Mathematics Education department.

No more than two of the four courses required for a primary science 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.

Science Education Courses (15 hours)

  • SCE 5301 Critical Issues in Science Education
  • SCE 5305 Evaluating Research in Science Education
  • SCE 5308 Research Design and Methodology
  • SCE 8398 Thesis (A minimum of six semester hours in thesis research) and submission of an acceptable thesis which warrants publication in peer reviewed journals, scholarly books, monographs or the equivalent.

Science Content Courses (21-28 hours)

  • Primary Area: 12-16 hours in biology, chemistry, geosciences, or physics.
  • Secondary Area: 9-12 hours in biology, chemistry, geosciences, or physics.

Prerequisites (3 hours)
Three hours of statistics (STAT 5353 or acceptable equivalent) must be taken as a prerequisite to enrolling in research hours.

  • Updated: February 11, 2011