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Science Education Graduate Major (MA, MS, PhD)

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Graduate Areas of Concentration

Elementary school science, free-choice learning, middle school science, science education, secondary science

Master of Science Program (MS)

The master's program offers three areas of concentration:

  1. School-Based Education–This degree concentration offers study for specializing in science or mathematics education in schools.
  2. Professional Teacher Licensure–In this degree concentration, students earn a professional teaching license in science or mathematics for grades 5 through 12 and a concurrent master of science degree (MS).
  3. Free-Choice Learning–This degree concentration offers study of learning across the life span in learning environments such as science centers; aquariums; outdoor education; broadcast media; national, state and local parks; and after-school programs.


Doctor of Philosophy Program (PhD)

The doctoral program offers advanced study and preparation for research in three areas of concentrations.

  1. Collegiate Education–Advanced study of science and mathematics education at the collegiate level that includes but is not limited to curriculum, assessment, instruction and instructional design, student and teacher learning, psychological factors such as motivation or self-regulation.
    • Free-Choice Learning–Advanced study of science and mathematics free-choice learning includes but is not limited to investigations of personal dimensions of learning such as motivation and identity; socio-cultural issues such as gender and culture; and environmental issues such as the influence of instructional design and setting.
    • School-Based Education–Advanced study of science and mathematics education at the pre-college level that includes but is not limited to curriculum, assessment, instruction and instructional design, student and teacher learning, psychological factors such as motivation or self-regulation.

All three options require two years of research content courses and five quarters of research methods courses. A program of study typically involves graduate study in a cognate field. A dissertation is required for all three options.





Major Code: 6100

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