Are you eager to share your scientific knowledge with others? Do you want to combine your expertise with a degree in teaching?

The MA in science education degree program is designed for persons with a degree in one of the sciences or science education, who are interested in teaching science in a community college. The goal of the program is to develop science instructors with advanced, graduate level academic training in one of the sciences and science education.

In addition to advanced knowledge in one or more of the sciences, the program seeks to develop community college instructors 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 MA degree is appropriate for science teachers licensed at the “A” level and interested in pursuing advanced licensure (i.e., “M” level licensure).

ECU Advantage

For more than a century, East Carolina University has delivered the highest level of preparation to future educators. We understand the vital role they play in shaping the future of our state and nation. That’s why East Carolina produces more educators than any other school in the state.

That’s also the reason the ECU College of Education has taken steps to offer a variety of programs that will ensure the quality of educators graduating from ECU. On-campus preparation programs emphasize extensive clinical field experiences and technology integration. Distance education and alternative-licensure programs offer convenient ways for East Carolina to reach out and educate talented professionals looking to become the newest educators in North Carolina and beyond.

What You Will Study

Note: This program is currently not accepting applications.  

MSITE Director of Students: Ron Preston (352-E Flanagan Building; 252-328-9355; prestonr@ecu.edu) Program Coordinator: Bonnie Glass (352-D Flanagan Building; 252-328-9368; glassb@ecu.edu)

The MA in science education is specifically designed for individuals who intend to teach in a community college or junior college setting or who simply wish to increase their expertise in a science content area. The program is open to those students who hold undergraduate degrees in science education or in a science content area.

Admission requirements: Satisfactory entrance examination score; minimum GPA of 2.7 on all undergraduate work or a minimum GPA of 3.0 for classes taken in the senior year or in the undergraduate major; favorable recommendation from the departmental admission committee.

Course requirements: A minimum of 36 s.h. is required, with at least 18 s.h. at the 6000 level or above. The specific program of courses must meet the requirements below and be approved by the student's advisor.

1. A minimum of 18 s.h. of concentration in either biological, physical, and/or earth science.

Appropriate prefixes include BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS.

    2. Six s.h. of suitable electives taken under advisement.
      3. Twelve s.h. of course work in science education, including specified core courses.

        A thesis is required. A comprehensive examination in science education must be passed at the completion of the program.

          For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

          Careers With This Degree

          Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

          • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
          • Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary
          • Atmospheric, Earth, Marine and Space Sciences Teach Postsec
          • Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
          • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
          • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
          • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
          • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education

          Career Opportunities

          ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

          NC Tower

          This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

          • Self-employed;
          • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
          • Work outside of North Carolina.

          US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

          This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

          Degree-specific internships

          For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.