The M.S. in science education requires a minimum of 38 s.h. of graduate coursework.  A candidate's specific program of study will be approved on an individual basis with the science education faculty.

Required courses and research (21 s.h.)

  • EDTL:6757 Learning in the Science Classroom* 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:6759 Advanced Pedagogy* 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:6750 Assessment in Teaching & Research* 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:7755 Research in Science Education—(two registrations of 3 s.h. each-can be concurrent) 6 s.h.
    Research work to begin Spring semester of first year of enrollment.
  • Science Content Course 3 s.h.
  • Science Content Course 3 s.h.

Select additional coursework from the following (13 s.h. minimum)

  • EDTL:6758 Writing in the Science Classroom 3 s.h.
  • 160:250 Introduction to Rhetoric of Science 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:6756 Nature of Science 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:6200 Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:7004 Schooling in the United States*  3 s.h. OR
  • EDTL:7033 Seminar on Teacher Education* 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:7100 Design and Organization of Curriculum 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:6275 Constructivism and Design of Instruction 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:4143 Intro to Statistical Methods 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:6202 Understanding Educational Research* 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:6220 Quantitative Educational Research Methods 3 s.h.
  • RCE:7338 Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry 3 s.h.
  • Other Qualitative or Quantitative Research Methods Course 3 s.h.

Thesis Research (2-4 s.h.)

  • EDTL:6393 Masters Thesis 2-4 s.h.

*No substitute course will be approved for these courses

Final Examination

Students must complete a thesis. A final oral examination is administered on campus where the candidate defends his/her thesis. This examination should include a critical inquiry into the purposes, methods, and results of the thesis research investigation.

Examining Committee

The final examination is conducted by a committee of no fewer than three members of the graduate faculty. A member of the graduate faculty from outside science education is required in those cases where a related field outside science education is included in the examining committee.