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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education Online

Study current research findings and best practices in science education instruction with this accelerated online program.

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Program Overview

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.

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The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education is a master's degree program only and does not lead to initial teacher certification. The program emphasizes teaching science to K-12 students, using problem- and inquiry-based teaching strategies consistent with science disciplines and centered on how people learn. Science content is emphasized 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. in C&I – Science Education is designed to provide practicing teachers with current findings in research and best instructional practices in science education. The 30-hour degree includes core courses in curriculum design, instructional strategies, and diversity in education. Also included are courses in education research methods and a concentration in science or science education courses.

This M.Ed. program is designed for teachers in K-12 school settings, as well as for curriculum developers and coordinators, district content specialists, and those in a variety of alternative educational settings such as museums, zoos, nature centers, and corporate education/outreach divisions. In addition to their relevance for students in elementary through high school age ranges, the program strategies and content can be applied in early childhood, college, and adult education where 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 – Science Education does 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 the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education at UTA will lead to licensure in their home state.

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Tuition

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$8,200 Total Tuition
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"The price, the time, doing it online...It was just the perfect program..."

Lynnette SnyderUTA 2012 Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Graduate

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The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education online offers multiple start dates to accommodate your professional and personal schedule.

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Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
1/22/2019 12/17/2018 12/17/2018 1/16/2019 1/18/2019 Spring
3/18/2019 2/15/2019 2/15/2019 3/13/2019 3/15/2019 Spring
5/13/2019 4/12/2019 4/12/2019 5/8/2019 5/10/2019 Summer
6/24/2019 5/31/2019 5/31/2019 6/19/2019 6/21/2019 Summer
8/26/2019 7/26/2019 7/26/2019 8/21/2019 8/23/2019 Fall
10/21/2019 9/27/2019 9/27/2019 10/16/2019 10/18/2019 Fall

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Admissions

The UTA College of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education program. Find out the requirements for this online program, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them below.

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UTA’s accelerated online education programs combine a unique view of the entire education landscape with practical experience addressing the latest breakthroughs in assessment, instructional strategies, and evidence-based practices for teaching students. Admission to the M.Ed. programs requires the following:

Unconditional Admission

  • Two or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Undergraduate transcripts with a 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours or 3.0 cumulative GPA as calculated by the Graduate School, whichever is higher. A 3.0 GPA on the last 9 hours of graduate coursework may be considered in place of undergraduate GPA.
  • Two professional letters of reference. Download the Letter of Reference form (.pdf).
  • Completion of Attestation and FERPA forms.

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 accelerated online Master of Education programs.

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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Courses

Upon acceptance to your UTA accelerated online program, a course map indicating the course sequence will be provided.

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.

Prerequisite Courses: Courses EDUC 5305 and EDUC 5394 are prerequisite courses in the program. Students will not be able to register for the final capstone course in the program, EDUC 5397, until all requirements are completed.

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EDUC 5305: Effective Teaching and Learning for 21st Century Ec-12 Students

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.

EDUC 5309: Advanced Teaching Models for Diverse Learners

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.

SCED 5351: Physical Science - Properties and Changes in Matter

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.

SCED 5352: Physical Science - Force and Energy

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.

SCED 5353: Earth Science - Structures, Movement, and Changes in Earth & Space

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.

SCED 5354: Earth Science - Water Properties, Distribution, the Water Cycle, and Weather

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.

SCED 5355: Life Science – Unity and Diversity of Life and Life Processes

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.

SCED 5356: Life Science – Cycles in Nature, Adaptations, and Environmental Science

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.

EDUC 5394: Understanding and Designing Classroom Research

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.

EDUC 5397: Implementing and Disseminating Classroom Research

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.

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