This is the first version of the 2020-21 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The Master of Science in teaching and learning with a science education subprogram requires a minimum of 38 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 while enrolled in the program.

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. Students complete coursework in four areas: science education, education, research, and science. Their individual programs of study are approved by the science education faculty.

The M.S. in teaching and learning with a science education subprogram requires the following coursework.

Required Courses

All of these:
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 two times 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

Final 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 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 with a STEM education subprogram requires 36 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 while enrolled in the program.

The program focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The program includes coursework that may be used toward the K-12 STEM specialist endorsement. Degree requirements include online coursework to fit the schedule of a practicing teacher. The STEM education subprogram is not a licensure program.

The M.S. in teaching and learning with a STEM education subprogram requires the following coursework.

Required Courses

STEM Pedagogy Courses

All of these:
EDTL:6563STEM Through Mathematical Modeling3
EDTL:6761STEM Research and Leadership Seminar3
EDTL:6762STEM Experiential Learning3
EDTL:6764STEM Extracurricular Experience and Capstone6

College of Education Course

This course:
EDTL:5095Issues in U.S. Schools3

Science/Mathematics Courses

Two of these:
EDTL:4565Mathematics in Management and Social Sciences3
EDTL:4768Computer Science Methods3
EDTL:6766Physical Science Topics in STEM Education3
EDTL:6767Systems Thinking in Biology and Integrated STEM Education3
This course:
EDTL:6765STEM Independent Research (taken two times for 3 s.h. each)6

Additional Coursework

At least two of these (chosen in consultation with an advisor):
EDTL:5085Generation Innovation: Technology Integration in 21st-Century K-12 Schools3
EDTL:5090Diversity and Identity in K-12 Schools3
EDTL:5535Current Issues in Mathematics Education3
EDTL:6534Foundations of Mathematics Education3
EDTL:6570Foundation of School Mathematics Curriculum3
PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
PSQF:6200Educational Psychology3

K-12 STEM Specialist Endorsement

The University of Iowa does not offer a state-approved program for the K-12 STEM Specialist endorsement. In addition to the master's degree, teachers must have met the requirements for a standard Iowa teaching license with endorsement in mathematics, science, engineering, industrial technology, or agriculture. They must demonstrate completion of 12 s.h. of science and 12 s.h. of math content coursework (including computer science), which may include content coursework completed as part of this subprogram as well as other college-level courses. In addition, they must have completed 3 s.h. of engineering or technological design coursework not included in this subprogram; ENGR:1100 Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving and ENGR:1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing may be options for the requirement. Once the courses are completed, teachers may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for transcript analysis and to add the endorsement.

Admission

Applicants 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).