Science Education Online

One of the top graduate schools of education in the nation — U.S. News and World Report

Master of Education & Education Specialist

Leads to Professional Licensure for Teachers in Massachusetts in the following areas:

  • Teachers of General Science: Grades 5-8
  • Elementary Teachers: Grades 1-6

There’s never been a more pressing demand for qualified science teachers. Yet few mainstream programs offer a cohesive curriculum that prepares teachers to create inquiry-based science classrooms that lay the foundation for future learning. Our online and field-based master’s and advanced certificate program for science teachers integrates cutting-edge educational methodologies with science content in subject areas ranging from astronomy to oceanography — all the while readying Massachusetts educators for Professional Licensure. Solidify your knowledge and build effective teaching strategies you can apply right away in the classroom in this comprehensive program renowned for its interdisciplinary, hands-on approach.

Program Details

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Format: Courses are offered through UMass Online

Credits: All courses carry 3 graduate credits.
M.Ed.: 33 graduate credits required
Education Specialist (Ed.S.): 30 graduate credits required

About the Education Specialist degree option: The Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) provides cohesive, specialized training for teachers who already hold a master’s, without the commitment and formal examination of a doctoral program.

Licensure: The program prepares Massachusetts teachers for Professional Licensure (see above). It is not an initial licensure program.

Fees: The cost of courses is $465 per credit for online classes. In addition there is a $45 per term non-refundable registration fee.

Partners: UMass Amherst College of Education, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies; UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences; UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Nutrition Department; UMass Lowell.

Curriculum: Course content is based on the National Science Education Standards and the Massachusetts Science and Technology Frameworks.

  • Discovering the Universe: Astronomy for Teachers (Astronomy)
  • Investigating the Oceans (Geosciences)
  • Nutrition & Health in the Science Classroom (Nutrition)
  • Organisms Diversity & Interactions (Biology)
  • Genetics (Biology)
  • Insects in the Science Classroom (Entomology)
  • Planet Earth (Geosciences)
  • Chemistry by Example (Chemistry)
  • Matter in Context (Chemistry)
  • Electricity & Magnetism in the Science Classroom (Physics)
  • Energy, Forces, and Motion (Physics)
  • Investigating Science Classrooms (Education)
  • SEO Capstone Course (Education)

For more information:

Dr. Kathleen S. Davis, Associate Professor
Science Education College of Education
227B Furcolo Hall