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What Is a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction — Science Education?

Teachers who want to enhance their training and specialize in science education should consider the online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction — Science Education degree. This online graduate degree equips teachers with new tools that will ultimately help strengthen the U.S. in science, technology, engineering and math, known collectively as STEM. America’s status as a global leader in the STEM field has slipped, but teachers who graduate with the education master’s degree can help reverse the inadequate pipeline of teachers who lack solid STEM credentials.

The goals of the education master’s degree are to learn how to:

  • Understand the processes of learning and teaching.
  • Understand the content of science curriculum.
  • Understand student learning and potential difficulties.
  • Apply the standards of national and state education bodies.
  • Develop curricula.
  • Utilize professional resources for teaching and learning science topics.
  • Understand, design and implement classroom research to study a relevant aspect of their teaching or their students’ learning.

Provides Training on Advanced Teaching, Research and Leadership

This online, non-thesis degree provides opportunities to achieve skills in advanced teaching, research and leadership. These skills are consistent with the latest research and theories in K-12 science instruction and will help improve the science curriculum at your school. As a result of completing this graduate degree, teachers will gain knowledge about the overall state of education and the link between the theory and practice of teaching. They will learn how to assess their own teaching and find ways to improve. This education master’s degree will not lead to initial teacher certification; rather, it is intended to develop advanced teaching, research and leadership skills.

Sample Courses, STEM Support

Here are some of the courses included in the online M.Ed. Science graduate degree:

  • Physical Science – Properties and Changes in Matter.
  • Physical Science – Force and Energy.
  • Earth Science – Structures, Movement and Changes in Earth and Space.
  • Earth Science – Water Properties, Distribution, the Water Cycle and Weather.
  • Life Science – Unity and Diversity of Life and Life Processes.
  • Life Science – Cycles in Nature, Adaptations and Environmental Science.

Teachers pursuing the education master’s degree can save time by completing this degree online. Education grad students can complete coursework from their preferred locations without having to drive to a classroom. And your instruction is inquiry-based, using real-world activities, which may lead to more innovative science curriculum that prepares students for STEM-related careers. According to Pearson Education, “only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career.” Teachers who want to turn around those numbers can do so with an M.Ed. Science.

Learn more about the UTA online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction — Science Education program.


U.S. Department of Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership

Pearson: STEM

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