The Master of Natural Sciences Education (M.N.S.E.) is an online degree program designed for:

  • Current science teachers hoping to learn new pedagogical techniques that contribute to student learning and engagement
  • Current science teachers who want the flexibility to teach other natural science disciplines by solidifying their knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science
  • Current non-science teachers with a natural science undergraduate degree who would like to pursue science teaching positions
  • Current non-science teachers with a related undergraduate degree (computer science, agriculture, engineering) and a strong science background who would like to pursue science teaching positions
  • Individuals with strong science backgrounds and past or current experience in educational settings who would like to earn a master's degree in science education and separately pursue a teaching certification

Effective Fall 2017

OPTION 1:
Education Courses
EDRM 602Action Research 13
EDUC 619Curriculum Development 13
or NSCI 612 Myth Busters – Science/Controversy/Evaluation
EDUC 660Advanced Methods-Science and Math Instruction3
Natural Science Courses
Select at least 18 credits from the following: 18-19
Physics for Science Educators 1
Chemistry for Science Educators 1
Spectroscopy for Science Educators 1
Energetics for Science Educators 1
Pollution and Environmental Biology for Educators 1
Evolutionary Biology for Educators 1
Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I: R Software
Independent Study
NSCI 695Independent Study for the MNSE 23
Program Total Credits:30-31
OPTION 2:
Education Courses
EDRM 602Action Research 13
EDUC 619Curriculum Development 13
or NSCI 612 Myth Busters – Science/Controversy/Evaluation
EDUC 660Advanced Methods-Science and Math Instruction3
Natural Science Courses
Select at least 15 credits from the following: 15-16
Physics for Science Educators 1
Chemistry for Science Educators 1
Spectroscopy for Science Educators 1
Energetics for Science Educators 1
Pollution and Environmental Biology for Educators 1
Evolutionary Biology for Educators 1
Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I: R Software
Research
NSCI 698Research Experience in Natural Sciences 36
Program Total Credits:30-31
1

Offered only as an online or blended course.

2

The independent study requires enrollment in the summer session after completing the program’s course requirements. It involves weekly meetings of the student with her/his research advisor, but does not require full-time residency on campus.

3

The research experience requires full time enrollment in the summer session after completing the program’s course requirements. Instructors are graduate student advisors who hold regular faculty appointments in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.