Science Education (M.A.)

Location Offered: 
Blended Instruction

Program Overview:

This major requires as a prerequisite a bachelor's degree (teaching preferred) with a major in Science or in a specific science discipline. If a teaching license is not held, then obtaining teacher licensure is required by the time of program completion. This major is available on thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 30 semester hours, including 6 hours of SCI Ed 6299 for thesis research and writing, is required for the thesis option; a minimum of 32 semester hours, including 3 hours of SCI ED 6299 for completion of a creative component project and paper, is required for the non-thesis option. Successful completion of a final written comprehensive examination is required for the non-thesis option.

Areas of Concentration Currently Available:

  • Science Education
  • Earth Science Education
  • Physics Education

Admission Requirements:

  • International Application for Admission
  • Official transcripts sent from your current and/or all prior academic institutions that you have attended to the Office of Admissions.
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.
  • Official report of TOEFL score (79 or above) or IELTS (6.5)
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from one of the references listed on your Resume/CV
  • This degree requires existing teacher license OR the completion of a teaching license and science endorsements by the end of the degree program.
  • Resume/CV including the Employment history, a Teaching certificate indicating the state in which it was granted, Subject area endorsements, and 3 References (in science or education) including name, title, address, email address, and phone number
  • Writing Sample of career goals that integrates your views on the aspects critical to teaching science including the Next Generation Science Education Standards
  • Applicant Statement addressing the following items in order (be sure to number your answers):
  1. Why are you interested in a Master's degree in Science Education? 
  2. Science Content area in which you have a specific interest (if interdisciplinary, state disciplines).
  3. What do you consider the strengths and weaknesses in your science background?
  4. What do you consider the strengths and weaknesses in your education background?
  5. How do you hope to enhance your teaching by participating in the Science Education MA program?
  6. What factors attracted you to UNI for the pursuit of your graduate degree in science education?
  7. If you have preference to work with a particular faculty member or on a specific research topic as part of your degree program, please indicate that preference. 

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring Semester: October 31 in even numbered years (ex: 2020, 2022, etc.)
  • Summer Semester: February 1 in odd numbered years (ex: 2019, 2021, etc.)

Graduate Assistantship Requirements:

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