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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education Online

18 Months

30 Credit Hours

$8,200 Tuition

7 Week Courses

Quick Facts

18 Months

30 Credit Hours

$8,200 Tuition

7 Week Courses

About the Program

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education at The University of Texas at Arlington is a non-thesis degree designed for teachers who wish to specialize in advanced coursework in science education. This degree provides opportunities to develop advanced teaching, research, and leadership skills that align with the latest research and theories in science instruction. Graduates are prepared to analyze their own teaching and make adjustments where needed. They also gain an understanding of the overall state of education and the link between the theory and practice of teaching.

Students should refer to the course syllabus for textbook information.

Please note that textbook requirements may be subject to change. You will be notified by the course instructor if there are additional textbook requirements. Students in this program must also purchase Tk20 as part of their course materials for a one-time non-refundable cost of $100 plus tax and fees. It may be purchased online.

The M.Ed. in Mathematics Education and M.Ed. in Science Education are master's degree only programs and do not lead to initial teacher certification. The programs emphasize teaching science and mathematics to K through 12 students, using problem- and inquiry-based teaching strategies consistent with these disciplines and centered on how people learn. Science and math content are emphasized in the respective programs in the context of how to teach that content to students. The program also addresses issues that impact learning, providing tools for educators on topics such as scientific misconceptions/alternative conceptions, logical-mathematical and scientific reasoning, and motivation.

The M.Ed. programs are designed for teachers in K-12 school settings, as well as for curriculum developers and coordinators, district administrators, and those in a variety of alternative educational settings such as museums, zoos, nature centers, and corporate education/outreach divisions. In addition to students in elementary through high school age ranges, the program strategies and content can be applied in early childhood, college, and adult education where math and science learning is emphasized.

Individuals holding a bachelor's degree at an accredited university in any field of study are eligible to apply.

Certificate Information

Texas Residents

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics Education and the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education do not lead to licensure in the state of Texas.

Out of State Residents

Out of state students seeking certification in their home state must review the requirements for licensure with their state education agency to determine if completion of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics Education and the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education at UTA will lead to licensure in their home state.

Accreditation Information

NCATE

Our College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and numerous national organizations as the accrediting body for universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in P-12 schools. NCATE ensures that accredited institutions hold high standards and produce competent, caring, and highly qualified educators and administrators who have proven they can support the learning of all students.

To find out more, contact an enrollment specialist at 866-489-2810.


“The price, the time, doing it online...It was just the perfect program...”

Lynnette Snyder

UTA 2012 Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Graduate

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Online Courses

Upon acceptance to your UTA accelerated online program, a course carousel indicating the course sequence will be provided. Please be aware that courses may be pushed back to the next start date if there is an insufficient number of enrolled students. Our expectation is that all students will enroll in courses as indicated on the carousel and that the program will be completed in a reasonable time frame.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students gain understanding of the nature of learning and the purpose of education as the pedagogical foundation to teaching in any discipline. Students develop knowledge of state and national standards and apply these standards vertically and horizontally in preparing high quality teaching and learning experiences. Students gain experience critically analyzing disciplinary content, instructional models, lessons, curricula, and research literature. Students learn to construct and test instructional models using activities that focus attention on diversity, authentic assessments, intellectual, social and emotional development, interdisciplinary connections, and technology. Must be taken prior to EDUC 5309.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students engage in the advanced study and design of curriculum models with an understanding of cognitive development, pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), and learning progressions. Students learn in-depth analyses of how students learn and how to appropriately differentiate instruction. Students learn culturally responsive teaching practices and gain skill in developing learning experiences that attend to teaching diverse learners. Pre-requisite: EDUC 5305.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students gain an understanding of educational research by critically analyzing resources of research. Students also learn sound educational research methods and gain knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis procedures. Using course experiences, students design their own classroom research projects, writing the literature review leading to meaningful research questions and research methodology as the first two chapters of the 4-chapter Capstone project to be completed in EDUC 5397. This course is to be taken after at least 3 hours of graduate course work and preceding EDUC 5397.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students implement the classroom research designed and written in EDUC 5394, collect and analyze data, and interpret results. Students prepare a final, written research report that presents the investigation and its results in a 4-chapter format, such as would be prepared as a paper for presentation at a professional conference and/or publication in an educational journal. At the conclusion of this course, students submit a copy of their research project report to the course instructor and present the completed project as their final Capstone experience for the master’s degree in education. Prerequisite: EDUC 5394. This course is to be taken in the final semester of the M.Ed. or M.Ed.T.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides in depth study of properties and changes in matter. Students learn important concepts of properties and changes in matter, using scientific processes and how to teach properties of matter to children in grades K-12 science. Students study matter by engaging in inquiry and field/laboratory investigations using science processes, critical thinking and problem solving. The course will help students learn to teach these physical science concepts to K-12 students using inquiry models.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students gain scientific knowledge about characteristics and interactions among matter, force and energy with interdisciplinary and everyday life connections. Topics experienced through laboratory/field based investigations include: gravity, work, friction, acceleration, volume, length, distance, light, forms of energy, electricity, heat, and simple machines. The course will help students learn to teach these physical science concepts to K-12 students using inquiry models.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Through laboratory investigations, students gain knowledge of the various constructive and destructive forces that shape and alter the Earth’s surfaces such as plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, erosion, weathering and deposition, as well as conservation of resources. The course will include studies of rock identification and the rock cycle, as well as geologic time and the fossil record. The course includes study of earth, moon and planetary characteristics and motions. The course will help students learn to teach these earth science concepts to K-12 students using inquiry models.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students gain understanding of the importance of water including the topics of cohesion, adhesion, surface tension, and capillary action. Water distribution on Earth is analyzed using maps and charts, with connections to geographic and climatic characteristics of the various regions. Students will examine water as a major factor in weather, along with other meteorological variables such as air pressure, humidity, dew point and cloud formation will be studied, and weather patterns tracked over time using technology and maps. The course will help students learn to teach these earth science concepts to K-12 students using inquiry models.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will explore living organisms and classification of organisms. The course will focus on the unity of life including the cell and cell components and the life functions, as well as the diversity of life including a look at pathogenic agents including bacteria and viruses. The course will analyze the structure and function of DNA, and genetics. The course will include comparative anatomy and physiology studies of organisms. The course will help students learn to teach these life science concepts to K-12 students using inquiry models.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course analyzes life, biochemical, and geochemical cycles within the natural world and how they impact ecological systems and environment. Students conduct laboratory and field investigations to examine and recognize various plant and animal adaptations. Science topics include camouflage, mimicry, body coverings, mouthparts, and habitats. Math-science integrations include estimations, relationships, graphing, and number sense. The course will help students learn to teach these life science concepts to K-12 students using inquiry models.

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Admissions

Unconditional Admission

Below are the three requirements a prospective student must meet for Unconditional Admission:

  • Current GRE score of 400 on quantitative section (140 on the revised GRE) and 500 on verbal section (153 on the revised GRE)
  • 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework and a 3.0 average on all graduate work
  • 3 letters of reference on file (download the letter of reference form (.docx))

Probationary Admission

Below are the three requirements a prospective student must meet for Probationary Admission. Applicants who score less than 140 on the quantitative and 153 on the verbal sections of the GRE will be considered for probationary admission on the basis of the following:

  • 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework AND a 3.0 average on all graduate work
  • Professionally relevant experience
  • Writing sample evaluated by the COEd Graduate Studies Committee. When available, the GRE writing sample will be required for probationary admission.

Terms of Probation upon Acceptance: All students admitted under probation status will be required to earn a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 hours of graduate coursework in the program, with no grade lower than a "B."

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admissions deadline, but who otherwise appear to meet admission requirements, may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

An applicant's admission may be deferred when a file is not complete or when denying admission is not appropriate.

Denied Admission

An applicant may be denied admission if the conditions for unconditional and probationary admission have not been met.

In addition, if a student has been suspended or expelled from The University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons, that student may be denied admission or readmission to an educator preparation program in the College of Education.

Student Requirements

After being admitted and after completing any probationary period, students must meet the following:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in order to continue in this graduate program
  • Complete all pre-graduation requirements before registering in the Capstone course

Additionally, since certification requirements vary among states, students should ensure they are in compliance with these requirements to ensure eligibility for school administrator licensure in their state.

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Costs

Affordability You Can Count On at UTA

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program
Master of Education $273.33 $819.99 $8,200
 

Tuition Guarantee

The tuition deadline is the Friday (by 11:59 PM CT) before the course begins. If tuition is not paid before the deadline, you will be dropped from your course(s).

Starting Fall 2017, the accelerated online programs have new registration deadlines, please visit this updated Registration and Payment information for Accelerated Online Programs.

If you plan to use the UTA website to make payment, please note that it may be down for maintenance at any time. You may also contact Student Accounts at 817.272.2172 for additional information regarding payment.

Fees

All degrees are subject to application fees and graduation fees. Additional fees may apply.

Application Fees

A non-refundable fee as indicated below is required:

  • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants with NO foreign college or university course work: $40
  • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants WITH foreign college or university course work: $90
  • H1B International Applicants: $90

Reactivation Fees

To read the Reactivation/Readmission policy, visit the Admission Requirements.

Graduation Fees

$40 for first diploma, $20 each additional diploma plus applicable mailing fees, and $60 for late application for graduation.

Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The fee will be billed to the student's MyMav account.

Payment Options

  • Pay by term

Refund Policy

Students wishing to drop a course and maintain no financial responsibility must do so by 11:59 PM CT before the first class day. The official class day begins at 12:00 AM CT.

The refund policy for sessions of five weeks or less is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day: 80 percent.
  • Second class day: 50 percent.
  • After the second class day: No refunds.

The refund policy for sessions greater than five weeks but less than 10 weeks is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day through the third class day: 80 percent.
  • Fourth day through the sixth class day: 50 percent.
  • After the sixth day: No refunds.

The refund policy for sessions 10 weeks or greater is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day through the fifth class day: 80 percent.
  • Sixth day through the tenth class day: 70 percent.
  • Eleventh day through the fifteenth class day: 50 percent.
  • Sixteenth day through the twentieth class day: 25 percent.
  • After the twentieth day: No refunds.

The Academic Calendar indicates the deadlines to drop a course with a "W."

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Student Profiles


“The price, the time, doing it online...It was just the perfect program...”

Lynnette Snyder

UTA 2012 Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Graduate

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