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:
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.
Complete the Graduate Summary
Process the Licensure Request
My 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!