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

There is no catalog data for this program.

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.