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Master of Arts in Education

The MA in Education degree program is designed for classroom teachers of science with a teaching certificate and three or more years of teaching experience, who are interested in improving their knowledge and skills as a classroom science teacher. The goal of the program is to develop science instructors with advanced, graduate level academic training in the sciences and science education.

In addition to advanced knowledge in the sciences, the program seeks to develop classroom science 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 program consists of 36 semester-hours of course work including core graduate courses (9-hours), courses in science education (12-hours), science content (9-hours), and a thesis or classroom based problems credit (3-hours), which generally takes candidates two to three years to complete. The MA 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 entirely online.


Master of Arts in Science Education

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 program consists of 33 semester-hours of course work including core graduate-level courses in science education (12-hours), one of the sciences (18-hours), and a thesis (3-hours). The program generally takes candidates two to three years to complete. The MA degree is appropriate also for science teachers licensed at the “A” level and interested in pursuing graduate-level study in one of the sciences on the ECU campus and advanced licensure (i.e., “M” level licensure). The 33-semester-hour program consists of science courses delivered on-campus and science education courses delivered online.

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