Science Education

 

Master of Education | Science Education

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE, MAT

Designed to enhance the knowledge and skill set of experienced educators, this program offers students the opportunity to work with renowned experts in many facets of science education research and practice. 

Graduates return to the workforce prepared to become state and nationally recognized leaders in science education. This distance education graduate program is intended for pre-college teachers (Grades 6-12), community college instructors and informal educators (e.g., museum, zoo, aquaria educators) or others who work in areas of science education.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Required for admission:

  • Bachelor's degree in science or science education

Recommended for admission:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • 2 years or more teaching experience, or equivalent experience in informal science education settings
  • Ideally have already completed 24 hrs of science, engineering, or science-related coursework at the undergraduate level

PLAN OF STUDY

This master’s program can usually be completed within two years and the curriculum is below. Part-time students usually complete the program within 3-4 years.

Key components to this program include:

  • It meets the requirements for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for advanced licensure for master’s degree
  • It has a curriculum that supports science teachers applying for National Board Certification
  • Scholarship opportunities are available

CAREER PROSPECTS

The program is intended for pre-college teachers (Grades 6-12), community college instructors and informal educators (e.g., museum educators) or others who work in areas of science education. The curriculum supports science teachers applying for National Board Certification.

Science Education Core - 12 semester hours

EMS 521 - Advanced Methods in Science Education I

Units: 3

Current research literature will guide the development of plans to improve classroom teaching practices. Action research used to evaluate instructional impact of modifications to classroom strategies. What it means to teach science, what it means to teach a diverse population of students and how to develop, interpret, and implement alternative assessment.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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EMS 522 - Advanced Methods in Science Education II

Units: 3

Examines science instruction through analysis of curriculu, instructional practices, current research on science learning and teaching. Five areas of interest: curriculum, instruction, assessment, diversity, learning environments and technology in science education.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2017 Fall Term

EMS 573 - Technology Tools for Science Teaching

Units: 3

Project-based course to improve the understanding and use of technology tools useful in science teaching. Computer and calculator based laboratory probeware and software, imaging and presentation technologies. Research-based evaluation of tool use in the science laboratory and classroom.

Offered in Fall Only

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2017 Fall Term

EMS 575 - Foundations Of Science Education

Units: 3

Study and analysis of philosophical, historical, sociological, political and economic factors affecting science education in schools of the U.S. Implications for science education of various learning theories along with models for curriculum development and program planning. Critical analysis of current trends, issues and problems in science education in terms of multiple perspectives.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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Science Courses (15 semester hours) 400-level or above

Note: No more than six credit hours of 400-level courses may be counted toward the degree. Three hours may be a research experience. 

Research - 3 semester hours

EMS 531 - Introduction to Research in Science Education

Units: 3

Introduction to techniques and designs specific to and/or in the context of science education research. Analyze and critique findings of other science education researchers in current science education research literature. Perform and interpret quantitative and qualitative analyses commonly used in science education research. Carry out research project focusing on an aspect of science ducation, communicate research findings in both oral and written form.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2018 Spring Term

Focus Area - 6 semester hours

Courses may be taken to develop expertise in areas such as College Science Education, Teacher Education (Elementary, Middle or High School) or Informal education. Focus areas include but are not limited to:
  • Middle School Education
  • Informal Education
  • Special Populations
  • Educational Technology
  • Mentoring Pre-service/In-service Teachers
  • Science (additional 6 hours in a specific content concentration)
 
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallFeb 15 (US); Mar 1 (Int)
SpringOct 15 (US); July 15 (Int)
Summer 1Feb 15 (US); Dec 15 (Int)
Summer 2Feb 15 (US); Dec 15 (Int)

Christy Buck

Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Department of STEM Education

College of Education

919.515.1740
christy_buck@ncsu.edu