Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Science Education degree program and the MAT in Mathematics Education degree program are designed to enhance the content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Both programs share a set of core courses that allow students to explore knowledge common to both disciplines.
Students in science education or mathematics education can then collaborate to integrate science and mathematics education and to provide a better education for their students. Because many graduates of these MAT programs will rise to leadership positions such as department head or science and mathematics coordinator, the core courses provide fundamental skills in cognition, education research and assessment so that MAT graduates can evaluate educational strategies and thoughtfully advise their colleagues about them. The STEM content courses provide additional depth in specific science and mathematics content areas. Students may elect to write and defend a research-based thesis.
Both programs are designed for individuals with significant ability in a science or mathematics discipline and a serious commitment to teaching. They provide forward-looking opportunities for professional development for both new and experienced teachers.
Graduates of the program seek positions such as: department head, science or mathematics coordinator and teacher.
Degree requirements: Admission to the Graduate Program in Science Education requires, in addition to general University requirements, a significant background or interest in science. A background of 24 semester credit hours in science at the undergraduate level or higher is preferred. However, elementary educators and others applying without a significant science background may be admitted on a probationary basis. An interview with an SME faculty member may also be required.
Deadlines: University deadlines apply.
Other application requirements: For both Science Education and Mathematics Education programs, opportunities may arise for students to work directly in local schools. Public schools and many private schools in the state of Texas require criminal background checks of all volunteers or individuals working within the schools regardless of the potential for direct contact with students.