The science education graduate program offers K-12 teachers, curriculum specialists, scientists and other education professionals the opportunity to investigate contemporary issues related to science learning, teaching, assessment, curriculum, and teacher professional development. Graduate students may specialize in the following areas within the science education program:
Master’s-level graduates often serve as lead science teachers, science department heads, science curriculum coordinators, or science specialists for museums or nature centers.
The doctoral program is research-oriented and includes completion of a dissertation. Graduates provide leadership in science education through positions at colleges and universities in both education and science departments, school districts, informal education settings, or governmental agencies.
Both graduate programs in science education are highly individualized and the graduate student, along with his/her committee, design a plan of study that meets the student’s background and educational and professional aspirations. Download program information brochure >
The science education faculty are internationally known and are engaged in fundamental and applied research, and curriculum and teacher professional development. They also hold joint and courtesy appointments in the Departments of Biology; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy; Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science; Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication; Technology Leadership and Innovation; and the School of Engineering Education. See our list of faculty and see an overview of their research projects at the following links:
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