M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Science Education

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The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Science Education is designed to advance the knowledge base of certified teachers. It meets national and state standards as set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Students enrolled in this program will complete core coursework that helps them to expand their knowledge and abilities in areas that will allow them to stay current and at the forefront of their field. Students will collaborate with peers and instructors in areas of curriculum studies, research methods and practices, technological integrations in the field of education, and humanistic and behavioral studies with a focus on diversity and fostering multicultural classroom environments.  

In addition to the required coursework, students will either complete a 6-hour thesis component, a 3-hour teacher action research component, or a written comprehensive examination in their final semester of the program. Each of these options is designed to provide students with experience and application of concepts explored within the course of completing this degree.

Program Structure

The Science Education M.Ed. focused in Science Education program is flexible enough to accommodate both full-time and part-time graduate students. Most courses are offered on a 12–month cycle. Students will complete a minimum of 12 hours in the areas of (1) curriculum studies, (2) research, (3) technology, and (4) humanistic and behavioral studies. Students will complete an additional 12 hours in their area of specialization (Science), and 6-12 hours of electives. The number of electives required is dependent on whether the individual student selects the thesis, research project, or comprehensive examination option. The 36-credit-hour requirement may be met in one of three ways:

  • 30 hours of course work with a thesis carrying 6 credit hours;
  • 33 hours of course work with a research project carrying 3 credit hours; or
  • 36 hours of course work with a written comprehensive examination.

At least one half of the minimum required credits must be at or above the 7000 level, and a minimum of 21 credit hours must be taken within the School of Education.

Required Coursework

Curriculum Studies - 3 hours required

  • EDCI 7824 (3 credit hours) Elementary School curriculum
  • EDCI 7825 (3 credit hours) Secondary School Curriculum
  • EDCI 7901 (3 credit hours) Curriculum Theory

Research - 3 hours required

  • ELRC 4249 (3 credit hours) Understanding and Applying Research in Education
  • ELRC 4006 (3 credit hours) Introduction to Applied Statistics in Educational Settings
  • ELRC 7243 (4 credit hours) Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
  • Or approved equivalent

Technology - 3 hours required 

  • ELRC 4507 (3 credit hours) Computer Technology in Education
  • ELRC 4535 (3 credit hours) Educational Telecommunications and the Internet
  • ELRC 7505 (3 credit hours) Design and Development of Multimedia Instructional Units
  • Or approved equivalent

Humanistic and Behavorial Studies- 3 hours required

  • EDCI 4800 (3 credit hours) Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom
  • EDCI 7904 (3 credit hours) Education and Cognition
  • EDCI 7106 (3 credit hours) Teaching Reading to Students of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds
  • Or approved equivalent

Area of Specialization- 12 hours required

The departmental-level academic course plan will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. 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 hours)

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



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