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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. Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact Science Education Chair. 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 Research3
or SCI ED 6500Research Methods in Science Education
Science and Science Education:
SCI ED 6600 (820:294)Developing Science Curricula2
SCI ED 6700 (820:200)The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science2
SCI ED 6800 (820:213)Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education2
SCI ED 6900 (820:290)Trends and Issues in Science Education2
Thesis or non-thesis option19 or 21
Total hours thesis option30
Total hours non-thesis option32

Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research6
Science content courses8
Electives from education or science education5
Total Hours19

Non-Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research3
Science content courses11
Electives from education or science education7
Total Hours21

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 Research3
or SCI ED 6500Research Methods in Science Education
Science Education:
SCI ED 6600 (820:294)Developing Science Curricula2
SCI ED 6700 (820:200)The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science2
SCI ED 6800 (820:213)Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education2
SCI ED 6900 (820:290)Trends and Issues in Science Education2
Thesis or non-thesis option19 or 21
Total hours thesis option30
Total hours non-thesis option32

Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research6
or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299)Research
Earth Science content8
Electives from education or science education5
Total Hours19

Non-Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research3
or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299)Research
Science content with at least 8 hours of Earth Science11
Electives from education or science education7
Total Hours21

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 Research3
or SCI ED 6500Research Methods in Science Education
Science Education:
SCI ED 6600 (820:294)Developing Science Curricula2
SCI ED 6700 (820:200)The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science2
SCI ED 6800 (820:213)Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education2
SCI ED 6900 (820:290)Trends and Issues in Science Education2
Thesis or non-thesis option19 or 21
Total hours thesis option30
Total hours non-thesis option32

Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research6
or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299)Research
Physics content8
Electives from education or science education5
Total Hours19

Non-Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research3
or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299)Research
Science content with at least 8 hours of Physics11
Electives from education or science education7
Total Hours21

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.