Science Education Online

UMass Amherst Certification in Science Education

Master the art of teaching science.

Enrich your content knowledge and build confidence in your teaching skills with the online graduate degree in science education.

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The Science Education Online Graduate Program is designed for elementary and middle school teachers currently working in classrooms. Through hands-on activities and innovative teaching models, this 33-credit program builds effective teaching strategies you can apply in your classroom immediately, while solidifying your knowledge in every content area from astronomy to physics.

This online graduate degree is highly regarded for its interdisciplinary, hands-on approach incorporating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Both online and field-based, the program integrates cutting-edge teaching methodologies that build critical thinking skills with inquiry-based science and science education content. The curriculum is based on a collaboration between UMass Amherst’s College of Education and College of Natural Sciences.

NOTE: We offer either a Master (M.Ed.) or an Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree. Successful completion of this program fulfills the requirements for professional licensure for elementary teachers in Massachusetts and may fulfill requirements for other states.  It is not appropriate for those seeking initial teacher licensure.


Combining the expertise of UMass faculty with the experience of K-8 teachers, this program’s curriculum prepares teachers to create inquiry-based K-8 science classrooms – one of few online programs of its kind.


Ranked in the Top 20 for Most Affordable Online M.Ed. in Science Education.


Choose from over 16 courses and fulfill your M.Ed. requirements with 33 credits (two required pedagogy courses + nine content courses). Or meet your Ed.S. requirements with 30 credits (two required pedagogy courses + eight content courses).