Ed.S. Science Education

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Intended primarily for teachers, counselors, supervisors, and administrators in elementary and secondary schools, the Certificate of Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program provides in-depth opportunities for professional growth and specialization for those who have completed the master’s degree. Students enrolled in this program will advance their understanding and application in areas of humanistic and behavioral studies, educational research, and Science Education content and teaching practices. A content-specific practicum will be completed.

Program Structure

A minimum of 60 hours of graduate credit—which may include hours earned in the master’s degree—is required. A minimum of 18 hours of the last 24 hours must be taken for resident credit in the School of Education at LSU.  All programs must be approved by the student's graduate advisor.  A minimum of nine hours must be taken outside of the College of Human Sciences and Education.

Required Coursework

Humanistic and Behavioral Studies - 6 hours required

Select from areas such as educational foundations, special education, multicultural education, psychology, sociology, philosophy,  human development, or anthropology. The courses must be from two different areas.

Research - 6 hours required

  • EDCI 7475 Research Project in Secondary or K-12 Teacher Education
  • ELRC 4249 Understanding and Applying Research in Education
  • ELRC 4200 Measurement and Evaluation of Student Achievement
  • ELRC 4006 Applied Statistics in Education
  • PSYC 4111 Intermediate Statistics
  • EXST 4001 Statistical Methods
  • Or approved equivalent

Area of Specialization - 30 hours required 

Must include 18 hours beyond Masters

Core Requirements (9 hours required)

Practicum (e.g. EDCI 7610 or approved equivalent.) (6 hours required)

Course which fits specialization selected from EDCI 7821/22, 7824, 7825, 7843, 7901, 7902, 7903, or approved equivalent. (3 hours required)

Specialization (21 hours required)

A focus and coursework will be selected by joint agreement between student and advisor, in consultation with other faculty members as needed. The following course topics have been offered in the past and are specific to the Science Education area of   specialization.  

  • EDCI 5880 Assessment in Math and Science (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 7307 Using Informal Settings to Teach Science and Math (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 7308 Teaching the Nature of Science (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 7308 Technology Integration in Science and Math (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 7921 Inquiry in Science and Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 7930 Trends and Issues in Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 7931 Project-Based Learning in Science and Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 7931 Sociocultural Perspectives in Science and Mathematics (3 credit hrs)

    [Note: Students can take special topics courses (e.g., EDCI 7308, EDCI 7931, etc.) more than one time if the topic is different.]

Electives - 18 hours required

Must be approved by advisor.

There is no time limit to completing this program. Students should meet regularly with their advisors in order to determine what course loads and requirements best suit their individual 



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