Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Science Education


The MAT in Science Education degree program is designed for persons with an undergraduate degree in one of the sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, geology, life science, natural science, physical science, or earth science) who are interested in earning a teaching license and graduate degree in order to teach at the high school level. The goal of the program is to develop science instructors who have a strong background in science with advanced, graduate level academic training in science education. The program seeks to develop high school teachers who are capable of improving the quality of science teaching and learning for all students through the setting of high standards of learning and the use of research-based instructional strategies and reflective teacher research practices. The program consists of 39 semester hours of coursework including a full semester internship.

The program consists of 33 semester-hours of coursework including core graduate courses in science education (12-hours), science (18-hours), and a thesis (3-hours), which generally takes candidates two to three years to complete. The MA degree is appropriate for science teachers licensed at the “A” level and interested in pursuing advanced licensure (i.e., “M” level licensure).  

Core Requirements in Science Education: 12 s.h. SCIE 6020, SCIE 6310, SCIE 6500, SCIE 6600

Core Requirements in Science: 18 s.h. hours taken from any graduate level BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or SCIE

Research in Science Education: 3 s.h. SCIE 7000: Thesis

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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.)


 Frequently Asked Questions

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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