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Do you want to learn and do more as a science teacher? Can you picture yourself becoming a leader among your fellow science teachers?

The MAEd degree program consists of 36 semester-hours of course work and a thesis or teacher research project (3 semester-hours). The program takes candidates two-and-a-half 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 entire 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.

There is a clear progression of courses in the program, and although entry to the program may occur during any term (spring, summer, or fall), the sequence of science education courses begin each fall semester, with education core classes being available for those starting other than the fall. Each science education course is offered over the course of a year, meaning that courses are readily available.

ECU Advantage

The newly revised MAEd in science education offers a number of attractive features for the busy professional. It is designed to be completed part time while you teach full time. Specific science education courses are offered during the academic year while MAEd students are teaching their K--12 students. This allows the program to use the classroom as a laboratory for testing ideas, as a site for determining how students perform on national and international assessment items, and as a setting for performing action research.

The totally online nature of the program allows it to be taken by students almost anywhere and program students are nearly always part-time graduate students who are fully employed. A final benefit of the online program - transportation costs and on-campus student fees are eliminated, providing the student a much more economical degree program.

What You Will Study

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

Master of arts in education (MAEd) degree programs range from a minimum of 36 to 39 semester hours, depending on the teaching area. All MAEd programs require completion of course work in the following competency areas: research, trends, and issues in education; the diverse learner; and, effective communication and leadership. The degree is designed so that students and advisors have options in completing these competencies. Additional courses may be added to the list of core courses as they are approved.

All MAEd programs require completion of a final product. Depending on the teaching area selected, the final product may be in the form of a comprehensive examination (written or oral), a thesis, a research project, or a portfolio. See the description of teaching area specific courses for information about how the final product requirement is satisfied in each teaching area.

A student must seek acceptance into the College of Education and one of the teaching areas offered in the MAEd. Minimum requirements for admission to the College of Education's MAEd program include the following:

Upon acceptance into a teaching area, the student is assigned an advisor.

The MAEd in science education program requires 36 s.h. as follows:

Required Core Courses - 12 s.h
    Research, trends, and issues competency area - 3 s.h.
    • EDUC 6480 - Introduction to Research or
    • EDUC 6482 - Trends and Issues in Educational Research for Practitioners or
    • SCIE 6500 - Understanding and Engaging in Educational Research
    Diverse learner competency area - 6 s.h.
    • EDUC 6001 - Introduction to Differences in Human Learning in Schools
    • SPED 6002 - Addressing Differences in Human Learning in Schools
    Effective Communication and Leadership Competency Area - 3 s.h.
    • ADED 6550 - Leadership and Communication Skills in Education or
    • ELEM 6550 - Leadership and Communication Skills in Education or
    • LEED 6000 - Leadership and Communication
Science Education Courses - 24 s.h.
  • SCIE 6003 - Advanced Studies in Biological Science for Teachers
  • SCIE 6004 - Advanced Studies in Physical Science for Teachers
  • SCIE 6005 - Advanced Studies in Earth Systems Science for Teachers
  • SCIE 6020 - Perspectives on Science Education
  • SCIE 6030 - Technology in Science Teaching, Learning and Professional Development
  • SCIE 6310 - Advanced Methods in Science Teaching and Learning
  • SCIE 6320 - Advanced Assessment Methods in Science Education
  • SCIE 6600 - Teacher Research in Science Education
Final Product Requirement

 Action research project

    Admission to Candidacy

    Admission to candidacy for the MAEd will be met when the following have been completed.

      Transfer Credit

      Transfer of credit regulations which have been established by the Graduate School apply to this degree program. Transfer of credit is only accepted when it is fulfilling a deficiency or content area of knowledge.

        Residence Requirements

        The residence requirement for a nondoctoral degree program is met when a student has earned at least eighty percent of the required graduate degree credit for his or her program through enrollment in courses offered by East Carolina University.

          Continuous Enrollment (or Registration)

          Graduate students who have previously registered for all credits in a graduate degree program but who have not completed all requirements (e.g., thesis, professional paper, internship, etc.) must continue to register each semester (except summer terms) until all degree requirements are completed and filed with the registrar. Under special circumstance, exception to continuous registration may be approved by the dean of the Graduate School. Students must be registered for the semester of graduation (except summer if registered for preceding spring semester).

            Other Requirements for the MAEd

            General requirements for the completion of the master's degrees are as follows:

            Students who do not have at least a 3.0 GPA upon completion of the MAEd program may be allowed to submit up to 6 s.h. additional graduate credit hours in residence on the East Carolina University campus or at an approved graduate center in order to accumulate a 3.0 average. These credits will be in the area(s) evaluated as being weak.

              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.

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