Department of Science/Mathematics Education

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs are designed to prepare pre-kindergarten through community college level teachers. Our programs focus on providing teachers with the research, critical thinking, and life-long learning skills essential for leaders in today’s schools based on a foundation of content knowledge in the sciences and mathematics.

We have two distinct concentrations reflected in our twin Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees –

Core courses focus on critical evaluation of science and mathematics education research and applying that knowledge to the context of today’s changing world. Teachers in our program require deep pedagogical content knowledge to guide their own students in the learning process.

Master of Arts in Teaching Science

Science Education courses are designed to provide teachers with relevant content in a way that meets their individual needs and backgrounds.

Discipline specialists within the department teach courses in fields that model research-based best practices in science teaching; all of our science classes are hands-on and inquiry-based.

Our elementary specialist teaches courses specifically designed for students with the broad and less science-rich backgrounds typical of elementary school teachers. These courses often involve collaborations with discipline specialists and emphasize the nature of science and inquiry based instruction.

Thesis Option. Those students who wish to pursue an advanced degree are better served to choose the thesis option; this work prepares the students for doctoral level research.

Non Thesis Option. Traditionally, the master's in Science Education has been structured without a thesis requirement. This works well for students expecting the master’s to be their terminal degree.

Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics

The Mathematics Education curriculum has become a content-oriented program that strives to achieve a balance between increasing subject-matter knowledge through appropriate core courses in higher-level mathematics and linking the content of these higher level courses with the relevant content, technological, and educational issues of the mathematics curricula in grades 7 – 14.

  • Updated: February 11, 2011