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Science Education

 

Master of Education | Science Education

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE, MAT

Designed to enhance the knowledge and skill set of experienced educators, students entering this program will have 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
  • Miller Analogies Test or GRE

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 precollege 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 that 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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2016 Fall Term

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

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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2016 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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2016 Fall Term

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 Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2016 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

ECI 550 - Foundations Of Middle Years Education

Units: 3

Examination of five major aspects of middle years education: [a] history and purposes of middle/junior high school, [b] pre- and early adolescent needs, interests and abilities, ? curriculum design and content, [d] teaching methods and [e] school organization. Emphasis on both theoretical understandings and effective classroom strategies.

Offered in Fall Only

ECI 551 - Teaching/Learning Approaches For Emerging Adolescents

Units: 3

Exploration of teaching/learning approaches appropriate to emerging adolescents. Learning styles; interdisciplinary inquiry; community-based curriculum; simulations and games; learning centers; minicourses; design of physical space; all-school activities.

Offered in Spring Only

PSY 582 - Adolescent Development

Units: 3

Current theories and research on development during adolescence. Topics include: physical growth, cognitive changes, relationships with peers, parents and teachers, quest for identity and independence, morality and sexuality.

Offered in Spring and Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

Special Populations (ECI 500, ECI 570, ELP 515)

ECI 500 - Theory and Practice In Teaching Diverse Populations

Units: 3

Analysis of literature and research in related to impact of cultural factors on teaching and learning in contemporary schools. Exploration of teaching techniques and curricular directions designed to improve school experiences for diverse populations in K-12 settings.

Offered in Spring Only

ECI 570 - Learning Disabilities

Units: 3

Field of learning disabilities, including definitions, prevalence, etiology, characteristics and current educational trends for educating students with learning disabilities.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 2

ELP 515 - Education and Social Diversity

Units: 3

Overview of role of education within a culturally diverse society. Major attention to racial, socioeconomic and regional subpopulations. Issues discussed include subcultural influences on public school performances, equality of educational opportunity, social stratification and mobility, and the impact of schooling on intergroup relations.

Offered in Fall and Spring

Thesis Research

EMS 695 - Master's Thesis Research

Units: 1 - 9

Thesis research.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

Instructional Technology

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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2016 Fall Term

Mentoring Preservice/Inservice Teachers (ECI 641, ECI 651)

ECI 641 - Practicum In Mentoring and Coaching

Units: 1 - 6

Supervised practical experiences in which participants become mentor to a student teacher or a teacher in a school system.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

Science (additional 6 hours in a specific content concentration)

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. 

Tuition Level: Graduate

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $411.88
Total Estimated Cost for 36 Credits Completed at NC State: $14,827.68

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,007.88
Total Estimated Cost for 36 Credits Completed at NC State: $36,283.68

Approximate cost per semester: $3,706.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

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

Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Department

919-515-1740
christy_buck@ncsu.edu