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Master of Arts in Education - Science Education

MAEd Science Ed FlyerThe 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.

Program Details
  • Admission to the Graduate School includes an application, official transcripts for all postsecondary institutions attended, a copy of your teaching license, a statement of purpose, and three 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.)

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)

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.
Charlotte Branch

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!