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/Education Specialist degree program for science teachers integrates cutting-edge educational methodologies with science content in subject areas ranging from astronomy to oceanography. 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

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 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 in elementary education or middle school General Science. This program is not a teacher preparation program and is NOT appropriate for those seeking initial teacher licensure in thier state. 

Fees: The cost of courses is $510 per credit for online classes. In addition there is a $47 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.

  • ASTRON 690A- Discovering the Universe: Astronomy for Teachers (Astronomy)
  • GEO-SCI 690O- Investigating the Oceans (Geosciences)
  • NUTRIN 503- Nutrition & Health in the Science Classroom (Nutrition)
  • NATSCI 590A- Organisms Diversity & Interactions (Biology)
  • NATSCI 620- Genetics (Biology)
  • GEO-SCI 501- Planet Earth (Geosciences)
  • NATSCI 690D- Chemistry by Example (Chemistry)
  • NATSCI 690C- Matter in Context (Chemistry)
  • NATSCI 691A- Electricity & Magnetism in the Science Classroom (Physics)
  • NATSCI 690A- Motion, Forces and Energy (Physics)
  • EDUC 610- Investigating Science Classrooms (Education)
  • STOCKSCH 671- Insects in the Science Classroom (Entomology)
  • SEO Capstone Course (Education)

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