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.  

The program consists of 36 hours in the following categories:

Core Requirements in Science Education (12 hours)

Perspectives on Science Education (SCIE 6020)

Advanced Methods in Science Teaching and Learning (SCIE 6310)

Advanced Methods of Assessment in Science Education (SCIE 6320)

Action Research in Teaching (SCIE 6600)

Core Requirements in Education (12 hours)

Introduction to Differences in Human Learning in Schools (EDUC 6001)

Addressing Differences in Human Learning in Schools (SPED 6002)

Understanding and Engaging in Educational Research (SCIE 6500)

Leadership and Communications Skills in Education (ELEM 6550)

Core Requirements in Science (12 hours)

Technology in Science Teaching, Learning and Professional Development (SCIE 6030)

Advanced Studies in Biological Science for Teachers (SCIE 6003)

Advanced Studies in Physical Science for Teachers (SCIE 6004)

Advanced Studies in Earth Systems Science for Teachers (SCIE 6005)


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  • Admission to the Graduate School includes an application, official transcripts for all postsecondary institutions attended, a copy of your teaching license, and two letters of recommendation from someone aware of your potential as a graduate student. Applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (from an accredited college/university) and a Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogy Test at or above the 30th percentile. (Exception: 10 years of teaching exempts applicants from the testing requirement.)
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Dr. Ron Preston
Director of Students Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education
East Carolina University Mail Stop 566 Greenville, NC 27858 Phone:252-328-9355