The Master of Science in teaching and learning (science education) requires a minimum of 38 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is designed for teachers and supervisors (K-college) and professionals in related fields, such as medical education, college teaching, museum program management, and outreach programs. It is intended to provide experience in understanding teaching and learning and the research processes required to advance the field.

M.S. students complete course work in four areas: science education, education, research, and science. Their individual programs of study are approved by the science education faculty.

The M.S. program in teaching and learning (science education) requires the following course work.

Required Courses

All of these:
EDTL:6755Practices of Inquiry in Science Learning Environments (no substitute for this course)3
EDTL:6757Learning in the Science Classroom (no substitute for this course)3
EDTL:6759Advanced Pedagogy (no substitute for this course)3
EDTL:7755Independent Study in Science Education Research (taken twice for 3 s.h. each)6
Two science content courses chosen in consultation with advisor6
A minimum of 12 s.h. chosen from these:
EDTL:6758Writing in the Science Classroom3
PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
PSQF:6200Educational Psychology3
PSQF:6220Quantitative Educational Research Methodologies3
PSQF:6275Constructivism and Design of Instruction3
RCE:7338Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry3
One additional qualitative or quantitative research methods course chosen in consultation with advisor
May include one of these:
EDTL:7004Schooling in the United States3
EDTL:7033Seminar on Teacher Education3

Thesis

Students must complete a thesis, for which they earn 2-4 s.h. of credit.

EDTL:6393Master's Thesis2-4

Master of Science Examination

A final oral examination is administered on campus in which candidates defend their thesis. This examination includes a critical inquiry into the purposes, methods, and results of the thesis research investigation.

The final examination is conducted by a committee of no fewer than three members of the graduate faculty. In some cases, the committee must include a member from outside science education; consult the department.

Admission

Applicants to the M.S. in teaching and learning (science education) must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. They should hold an undergraduate major in a science area (or combination of science areas), in science education, or in elementary education with a science emphasis. The department recommends that applicants have teaching licensure/certification unless they are preparing for careers in allied health, museums, or community colleges.

The Master of Science in teaching and learning (STEM education) requires 36 s.h. of graduate credit. The program focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The M.S. allows students to earn the M.S. degree and complete course work for the State of Iowa K-12 STEM specialist endorsement from the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE). Degree requirements fit the schedule of a practicing teacher by including online, hybrid, night, weekend, and summer course work, with periodic on-campus meetings.

The M.S. in teaching and learning (STEM education) requires the following course work.

Required Courses

STEM Pedagogy Courses
All of these:
EDTL:6563STEM Through Mathematical Modeling3
EDTL:6761STEM Research and Leadership Seminar3
EDTL:6762STEM Experiential Learning3
College of Education Course
One of these:
EDTL:7004Schooling in the United States3
EDTL:7033Seminar on Teacher Education3
Science/Mathematics Courses
All of these:
EDTL:4193Independent Study3
EDTL:7755Independent Study in Science Education Research3
Science or math graduate-level courses at the 3000 level or above in the following subject areas: BIOL, CHEM, EES, MATH, PHYS, or other courses if approved (consult advisor)6
Additional Course Work
6 s.h. from these:
EDTL:6530Workshop in School Mathematics1-3
EDTL:6531Technology in School Mathematics2-3
EDTL:6534Foundations of Mathematics Education2-3
EDTL:6757Learning in the Science Classroom2-3
EDTL:6758Writing in the Science Classroom3
EDTL:6759Advanced Pedagogy3
PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
PSQF:6200Educational Psychology3
PSQF:6275Constructivism and Design of Instruction3
RCE:7338Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry3
STEM Extracurricular Experience
This course:
EDTL:6764STEM Extracurricular Experience and Capstone6

M.S. with K-12 STEM Specialist Endorsement

If students wish to obtain the K-12 STEM specialist endorsement along with the Master of Science degree, they must:

Demonstrate completion of 12 s.h. of science and 12 s.h. of math content course work. Credit is granted for math and science content course work completed as part of the M.S. program.

Complete 3 s.h. of engineering or technological design course work. Students can fulfill this requirement with ENGR:1100 Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving and ENGR:1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing.

Admission

Applicants to the M.S. in teaching and learning (STEM education) must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. These include:

  • a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited American college or university or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Graduate Admissions with an undergraduate major in a given science or math area (or combination of science areas), science education, math education, or in elementary education with a science or math emphasis;
  • a minimum g.p.a. of 3.00 or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Graduate Admissions; and
  • international applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 81 (Internet-based) with a minimum score of 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 (with no subscore lower than 6.0).

Teaching licensure/certification is recommended for the M.S. degree and required if the candidate seeks the K-12 STEM specialist endorsement from the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE).