The Science Education program prepares you to communicate effectively as educators and researchers in order to lead future generations in science and technology education.

You will be prepared to lead in 21st-century classrooms, inspiring a joy and appreciation for learning science, so critical to the future of our economy and communities across the state, nation, and world.

The Science Education program provides you with classroom, research, and course curriculum development opportunities to become an educators and researcher at the forefront of your profession. Additionally, you will have access to Iowa’s top science and engineering programs, becoming a competitive job applicant and leader in your field.


Programs with Teacher Licensure

BA Science Education

Dual-degree program with licensure.

BA/MAT Science Education

Undergraduate + Graduate degree an accelerated 5-year plan.

MAT Science Education

Master's in Teaching for those who have already completed a BS/BA in an area of science.

Programs (Non-licensure)

BS Science Studies

Undergraduate degree preparing those who want to teach outside the classroom. 

MS STEM Education

Online Master's for working professionals

MS Science Education

Master’s for advanced understandings of classrooms, college teaching, museum and outreach management, and potential preparation for PhD

PhD Science Education

Doctoral degree in area of specialization; must complete a thesis.

Teacher Education

Our Teacher Education Program provides diverse experiences with supportive mentors to effectively prepare you for your future classroom.

To learn more about classroom experiences and the Teacher Education program, please:


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Classroom Experience and Student Teaching

We believe you shouldn’t have to wait until your final semester of college to work with students and make sure teaching is right for you. In your program you will be given opportunities to work in real classrooms with students from the moment you are admitted to the program. 

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Teacher Leader Certificate

The certificate encourages strong classroom leadership skills, helps you better understand the context in which our schools operate, and enables you to better innovate, improve, develop and discover your identity as an emerging teacher leader. Prepare to support your students’ social emotional learning needs and become a stand-out hire after graduation.

Experiential learning in the field and abroad prepare you to engage and inspire your future students.

Faculty and Research

Our renowned faculty collaborate with high-caliber students, creating powerful teaching, learning, research and service opportunities, whether in the mountains of Colorado or in one of the highest-tech learning classrooms in the state.

To see associated faculty, please visit: Faculty Listing.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Science Education
  • Science Teacher
  • Biology Education
  • Chemistry Education
  • Physics Education
  • Earth Science Education
  • Experiential learning
  • Action Research
  • Argument-based learning
  • STEM education

Admissions and Application

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Please review the requirements and supplemental documents for your degree option before starting.


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Five UI College of Education students selected for OVPR’s 'Dare to Discover' campaign

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
The Office of the Vice President for Research’s annual Dare to Discover banner campaign highlights 80 researchers and scholars from across the university.
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Pedek overcomes adversity, finds ‘true calling’ of teaching at Iowa

Thursday, May 11, 2023
Samantha Pedek knew she wanted to be a teacher ever since third grade. However, the 2023 graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education experienced a winding path and challenges along the way.
Spring 2022 graduate Zac Gavin receives BA in science education and BS in science studies.

Delivering fun to the science classroom

Teaching runs in Zac Gavin’s blood. The soon-to-be University of Iowa graduate will become part of the third generation of teachers in his family, and he can’t wait to inspire future generations at his alma mater in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Contact Us

Teacher Education Program

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Graduate Programs

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