STEM Education - Science - Online and Distance Education

STEM Education - Science

Master's Degrees | STEM Education - Science

STEM Education - Science

Entrance Exam: Not Required

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in STEM Education has three areas of concentration: Science Education, Engineering and Technology Education and Mathematics Education. The three  areas of concentration have one shared core course, EMS 573; the curriculum for each concentration totals 30 credit hours. The M.Ed. in STEM Education - Science Education develops deep knowledge in science education in addition to electives of the student’s choice from topics such as biological science, forestry, horticulture, chemistry, geospatial information, or medical, environmental, climate, physics, and nutrition science.


Required for admission:

  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Three references
  • Narrative written personal statement
  • Bachelor's degree in science or science education

Applicants select their subspecialty/concentration on their application and are routed to their subspecialty for review.


This master of education degree requires 30 credits.  At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of the required graduate courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents.  Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $13,860 for North Carolina residents and $39,330 for non-residents.  See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details. See Financial Aid for available options.

Plan of Study

This master’s program can usually be completed within two years by full-time students and within three to four years by part-time students.

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 M.Ed. in STEM Education is intended for secondary science teachers (grades 6-12) who currently hold certification, community college instructors and informal educators who are not pursuing 6-12 teacher certification (e.g., museum educators) or others who work in areas of science education. The program curriculum is designed to support science teachers applying for National Board Certification. Deepen your knowledge and enhance your career with this graduate program which is tailored to the advancement of science teachers and science educators. 


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