Science Education Online

There’s never been a more pressing demand for qualified science teachers, yet there are few university programs that offer a cohesive curriculum preparing teachers to create inquiry-based science classrooms.

Science Education Online integrates cutting-edge educational methodologies with science content in subject areas ranging from biology and earth science to physical sciences. In this fully-online, comprehensive program, marked by its interdisciplinary, hands-on approach, science teachers solidify their knowledge and build effective teaching strategies they can immediately apply in the classroom.

The SEO program is approved for the following:

  • Elementary education professional license for grades 1-6
  • General science for grades 5-8

Science Education Online is a collaboration between the UMass Amherst College of Education and the College of Natural Sciences. It is intended for elementary and middle school classroom teachers who wish to increase their science content knowledge and teaching skills. 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 their state. Teachers from other states must consult their own state licensing regulations.

Science Education Online offers rolling admission, admitting students year round. Our students generally take a maximum of two online courses per semester; courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Depending upon scheduling and class choices, it is possible to finish the program in less than two years.


Students in Science Education Online either earn a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree or an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.). The Ed.S. option provides cohesive, specialized training for teachers who already hold a master’s, without the commitment and formal examination of a doctoral program.