The 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.
The program consists of 36 hours in the following categories:
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.
Complete the Graduate Summary
Process the Licensure Request
Hello, my name is Philip Boyne. I teach high school physics at St. David's School, a private Episcopal school in Raleigh. I am in my 5th year teaching at this wonderful school. I also perform improv comedy weekly at ComedyWorx. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a physics degree in 2009 and teach Natural Science at North Carolina Governor's School East in the summers. The MAEd program has been really useful for my teaching. I have no education degree, having avoided this route in the past because I felt content knowledge in education would not help me much. However, I have been pleasantly surprised that most of my coursework is action-oriented and not theory-oriented. I see direct implications into my teaching and most of my assignments are geared specifically for me to improve on what I'm doing in my classroom. The MAEd program is my professional learning community, to borrow a term I learned in my courses here at ECU. It has been a lot of work, but the work has been good and I'm already seeing the dividends pay off with new lessons, new labs, and improved insights into what parts of my teaching are productive and why.