STEM Education - Science

 

Master of Education | STEM Education - Science

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

NEW for Fall 2019, STEM Education’s master's degree program has three areas of concentration: Mathematics and Statistics Education, Science Education, and Engineering and Technology Education. Each of these degrees has one shared core course; the curriculum for each concentration totals 30 credit hours.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.

Application Deadlines for Master of Education in STEM Education - Science Concentration

  • Summer I Admission: May 1
  • Summer II Admission: June 1
  • Fall Admission: July 1
  • No admissions in Spring semesters

Eligibility

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.

Cost

This master of education degree requires 30 credits. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of the required graduate courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $13,590 for North Carolina residents and $37,830 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

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 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.

STEM Core Course - 3 semester hours

EMS 592 - Special Problems In Mathematics Teaching

Units: 1 - 6

In-depth investigation of topical problems in mathematics teaching chosen from areas of curriculum, methodology, technology, supervision and research.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

Specialty Courses - 27 semester hours

Science Education Concentration - 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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2019 Fall Term

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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2019 Spring 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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2019 Spring Term

Specialty Content Courses - 15 semester hours

Students choose 15 semester hours (5 courses) of specialty content courses from an estimated 200 course options, such as:

BIO 592 - Topical Problems

Units: 1 - 3

Organized, formal lectures and discussion of a special topic.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Summer Term 2

BCH 553 - Biochemistry of Gene Expression

Units: 3

Structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. Synthesis of DNA, RNA, and proteins. Gene expression and Regulation. Methodologies of recombinant DNA research. Credit is not allowed for both BCH 453 and BCH 553.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term

EA 501 - Environmental Stressors

Units: 3

Introduces students to how organisms are affected by and respond to changes or stressors - both natural and human-induced - in the environment. With a focus on the concepts most significant to the field of environmental assessment, the course emphasizes the fundamental processes and effects of pollutants and naturally-occurring substances in the environment, including emerging issues and historically significant cases.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

EA 503 - Environmental Exposure Assessment

Units: 3

Provides students with an appreciation and understanding of the principles of environmental exposure assessment including the sources, transport and fate of chemicals in the environment. Emphasis is on contemporary problems in human health and the environment, covering topics such as: transformation and degradation processes, classes of contaminants a well as predicting environmental fate and exposure. Enrollment in the course requires graduate standing or consent of the instructor. Two semester sequence of college biology & college chemistry.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

FOR 501 - Dendrology

Units: 3

Identification and natural history of eastern woody species with studies of their taxonomic classification, physical characteristics, and typical habits. Laboratories stress sight recognition and use of identification keys and trips to natural forest communities.

Offered in Fall Only

FOR 595 - Special Topics

Units: 1 - 6

Individual students or groups of students, under direction of a faculty member, may explore topics of special interest not covered by existing courses. Format may consist of readings and independent study, problems or research not related to thesis.Also used to develop and test new 500-level courses.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Fall Term

HS 541 - Plant Breeding Methods

Units: 3

Overview of plant breeding methods for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. Covers principles and concepts of inheritance, germplasm resources, pollen control, measurement of genetic variances, and heterosis. Special topics include heritability, genotype-environment interaction, disease resistance, and polyploidy. In-depth coverage on methods for breeding cross-pollinated and self-pollinated crops. Prepares students for advanced plant breeding courses.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

MEA 517 - Fundamentals of Climate Change Science

Units: 3

This course will present the basic science of climate change, including chemical and physical systems and processes. The students will be introduced to how the climate system works and the role of greenhouse gases in the climate system. Students will learn about climatological data, climate models and how predictions/projections are made. Emphasis will be placed upon relating predicted/projected changes to manifestations such as sea level rise and changes in the distribution and character of precipitation. Topics include the primary climate components, ocean-atmospheric teleconnections, decadal and multi-decadal climate indices, natural and anthropogenic climate variability, and climate model projections.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

MEA 582 - Geospatial Modeling

Units: 3

The course provides foundations in methods for GIS-based surface analysis and modeling. The topics include proximity analysis with cost surfaces and least cost paths, multivariate spatial interpolation and 3D surface visualization. Special focus is on terrain modeling, geomorphometry, solar irradiation, visibility, and watershed analysis. Students are also introduced to the basic concepts of landscape process modeling with GIS and to the principles of open source GIS. Introductory level knowledge of GIS or surveying/ geomatics principles is required.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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NTR 515 - Comparative Nutrition

Units: 3

Principles of nutrition, including the classification of nutrients and the nutrient requirements of and metabolism by different species for health, growth, maintenance and productive functions.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

NTR 624 - Topical Problems In Nutrition

Units: 1 - 6

Analysis of current problems in nutrition. Also entails the scientific appraisal and solution of a selected problem designed to provide training and experience in research.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

PHY 552 - Comparative Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology

Units: 3

Comparative approach to examining aspects of reproductive physiology in selected vertebrate species. Detailed examination of current reproductive biotechnologies and ethical issues associated with the application of reproductive biotechnologies. Credit will not be given for both ANS 452 and ANS [PHY] 552.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2019 Fall Term

PY 582 - Matter & Interactions for Teachers II

Units: 3

Second semester [electricity and magnetism] of a two-semester sequence intended to broaden and deepen in high school physics teachers their knowledge of introductory-level physics from a contemporary point of view. Includes an introduction to computational physics. Departmental permission required: normally restricted to in-service high school physics teachers. PY 581 prerequisite may be waived with strong background in physics and mathematics.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallApril 15 Deadline for general admission for the Mathematics and Statistics Education Concentration
FallJuly 1 Deadline for Science Education and for Engineering and Technology Education
Summer 1April 15 Deadline for general admission for the Mathematics and Statistics Education Concentration
Summer 1May 1 Deadline for general admission for Science Education and for Engineering and Technology Education
Summer 2April 15 Deadline for general admission for the Mathematics and Statistics Education Concentration
Summer 2June 1 Deadline for Science Education and for Engineering and Technology Education

Christy Buck

Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Department of STEM Education

College of Education

919.515.1740
christy_buck@ncsu.edu