MAED Science Education

The MAEd in Science Education degree program is designed for science teachers interested in improving their understanding of science, science teaching and learning, and instructional leadership.  The goal of the program is to develop science teachers who are capable of improving the quality of science teaching and learning for all students through the use of standards-based and research-based strategies and reflective teacher research practices. To achieve this end, science teachers engage in a systematic study of science, science education, and science teaching and learning in their classroom, culminating with the capstone project, a semester-long classroom-based teacher research project.

The program consists of 36 semester-hours of course work including a core of professional education courses, core courses in science education, and courses in science, which generally takes candidates two to three years to complete. The MAEd degree is appropriate for science teachers licensed at the “A” level and interested in pursuing advanced licensure (i.e., “M” level licensure). The 36-semester-hour program is delivered online. Past graduates of the program have gone on to receive National Board Certification, assume teacher-leadership roles in their schools and districts, pursue doctoral study in science education at prestigious universities, and/or become professional development leaders in NSF-funded science education reform projects.

charlottebranch_4My name is Charlotte Branch and I have been teaching for 6 years. I currently teach Earth Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science.  I entered in education as a lateral entry teacher with no prior education classes and the MAed program at ECU has helped me improve numerous skills in my teaching. I now see research in the classroom as a fun tool to measure the effectiveness of different types of strategies to become a better teacher. I have also learned different ways to plan units so to obtain the highest results of learning within an allotted time period in my classroom. If you want to obtain more knowledge within the realm of Science Education, I recommend this program! 
PhillipBoyneHello, my name is Philip Boyne. I teach high school physics at St. David's School, a private Episcopal school in Raleigh. I am in my 5th year teaching at this wonderful school. I also perform improv comedy weekly at ComedyWorx. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a physics degree in 2009 and teach Natural Science at North Carolina Governor's School East in the summers. The MAEd program has been really useful for my teaching. I have no education degree, having avoided this route in the past because I felt content knowledge in education would not help me much. However, I have been pleasantly surprised that most of my coursework is action-oriented and not theory-oriented. I see direct implications into my teaching and most of my assignments are geared specifically for me to improve on what I'm doing in my classroom. The MAEd program is my professional learning community, to borrow a term I learned in my courses here at ECU. It has been a lot of work, but the work has been good and I'm already seeing the dividends pay off with new lessons, new labs, and improved insights into what parts of my teaching are productive and why. 
meganBased on my experience at ECU, the Science Education program area has a remarkable team of instructors and professors that have a true passion for science and future teachers. Since 2006, when I transferred to ECU and began taking science education courses, I have witnessed and participated in so many changes within the MSITE department. I have seen restructuring of courses, program areas, and the building itself. I have invested many years in the Science Education program at ECU, and I feel that entering the Graduate Program for Science Education was the best decision I ever made for my career in education. I have learned more about myself in the past two years than I ever would have if not earning my masters. This graduate program has increased my science knowledge in content, pedagogy, and methodology. I have acquired a desire to know more about science and science teaching. This journey has been longer than expected, tiring on several occasions, but worth every bit of my student loans! I honestly feel that in 2012 I made a life changing choice. I want to be more than a science teacher; I want tobe part of the reform that is needed in science education today. In my opinion, East Carolina University’s Graduate Program for Science Education has prepared me to contribute to this change. I recommend that all preservice teachers and current teachers consider this program. It will change your outlook on science education, your disposition as a science teacher, and develop an overflowing passion for science; I am living proof! 

Advising Guide

Course Rotation

You are almost finished with your MAEd in Science Education! There are a number of important processes, however, that must take place in addition to successfully completing your course work. Within the first two weeks of the semester in which you intend to graduate, you should apply for graduation, using the form and instructions found below. Then there is a graduate summary that must be completed – work on that with your faculty advisor and finish that by or before mid-semester. Finally, you will want to apply to have your license updated. Complete this paperwork near the end of the semester in which you are graduating.

Apply for Graduation

  • For instructions, go to Academic Policies and click on Graduation Process. To access the application, go to ECU Registrar, click on requested forms, and then on Graduate Graduation Application.
  • Complete the Graduate Summary

  • Go to Academic Policies and click on Graduation Process and Graduation Summary Form.
  • Process the Licensure Request

  • Go to Licensure, read the instructions, and download the appropriate forms.

Do you have any further questions or need help locating something? Contact us:

Dr. Ron Preston prestonr@ecu.edu
Director of Students Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education
East Carolina University Mail Stop 566 Greenville, NC 27858 Phone:252-328-9355