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 Graduate College

Science Education (MA)

Office of Science Education

www.science-ed.uni.edu/graduate-program
153 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Head: Dr. Lawrence Escalada
Phone: (319) 273-2431
E-mail: lawrence.escalada@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Dawn Del Carlo
Phone: (319) 273-3296
E-mail: sciedgradcoord@uni.edu



Read the UNI Catalog description:

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

This major requires as a prerequisite a bachelor's degree (teaching degree preferred) with a major or minor/emphasis in Science or in a specific science discipline. Teacher licensure is a prerequisite for completing the program approval process for this major.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 30 semester hours, including 6 hours of  SCI ED 6299 (820:299) for thesis research and writing, is required for the thesis option; a minimum of 32 semester hours, including completion and in some cases public presentation of a creative component, is required for the non-thesis option. Successful completion of a final written comprehensive examination is required for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 17 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 14 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Required

Measurement and Research:

MEASRES 6205 (250:205)

Educational Research

3

or SCI ED 6500

Research Methods in Science Education

Science and Science Education:

SCI ED 6600 (820:294)

Developing Science Curricula

2

SCI ED 6700 (820:200)

The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science

2

SCI ED 6800 (820:213)

Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education

2

SCI ED 6900 (820:290)

Trends and Issues in Science Education

2

Thesis or non-thesis option

19 or 21

Total hours thesis option

30

Total hours non-thesis option

32

Thesis Option

Research:

SCI ED 6299 (820:299)

Research

6

Science content courses

8

Electives from education or science education

5

Total Hours

19

Non-Thesis Option

Research:

SCI ED 6299 (820:299)

Research

3

Science content courses

11

Electives from education or science education

7

Total Hours

21

Earth Science Education Emphasis

The Earth Science Education emphasis differs from the Science Education major in that it provides the option of taking either SCI ED 6299 (820:299) or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299) and also requires 8 hours of graduate credit in Earth Science and a total of 36 hours in Earth Science in combined graduate and undergraduate programs.

Required

Measurement and Research:

MEASRES 6205 (250:205)

Educational Research

3

or SCI ED 6500

Research Methods in Science Education

Science Education:

SCI ED 6600 (820:294)

Developing Science Curricula

2

SCI ED 6700 (820:200)

The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science

2

SCI ED 6800 (820:213)

Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education

2

SCI ED 6900 (820:290)

Trends and Issues in Science Education

2

Thesis or non-thesis option

19 or 21

Total hours thesis option

30

Total hours non-thesis option

32

Thesis Option

Research:

SCI ED 6299 (820:299)

Research

6

or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299)

Research

Earth Science content

8

Electives from education or science education

5

Total Hours

19

Non-Thesis Option

Research:

SCI ED 6299 (820:299)

Research

3

or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299)

Research

Science content with at least 8 hours of Earth Science

11

Electives from education or science education

7

Total Hours

21

 

Physics Education Emphasis

The Physics Education emphasis differs from the Science Education major in that it provides the option of taking either SCI ED 6299 (820:299) or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299) and also requires 8 hours of graduate credit in physics and a total of 36 hours in physics in combined graduate and undergraduate programs.

Required

Measurement and Research:

MEASRES 6205 (250:205)

Educational Research

3

or SCI ED 6500

Research Methods in Science Education

Science Education:

SCI ED 6600 (820:294)

Developing Science Curricula

2

SCI ED 6700 (820:200)

The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science

2

SCI ED 6800 (820:213)

Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education

2

SCI ED 6900 (820:290)

Trends and Issues in Science Education

2

Thesis or non-thesis option

19 or 21

Total hours thesis option

30

Total hours non-thesis option

32

Thesis Option

Research:

SCI ED 6299 (820:299)

Research

6

or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299)

Research

Physics content

8

Electives from education or science education

5

Total Hours

19

Non-Thesis Option

Research:

SCI ED 6299 (820:299)

Research

3

or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299)

Research

Science content with at least 8 hours of Physics

11

Electives from education or science education

7

Total Hours

21

Inquiries for additional information concerning this major, including assignment of an advisor and advisory committee, should be made to the Chair of the Science Education faculty.