Our program is unique! Science Education stands alone in at least three distinct ways:
Our program is taught in the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture and not in a college of education as are most other comparable programs in the US. The curriculum offers science courses in which content is integrated with pedagogy as a significant part of our core; all of the Topics courses (BS618: Topics in Biology Education; CH 618: Topics in Chemistry Education; GO 618: Topics in Earth Science Education; PH 618 Topics in Physics Education) integrate pedagogy and modeling with substantive content in the respective discipline. We offer a program that serves public science educators as well as elementary school teachers, middle school teachers and secondary teachers that allows them to design their curriculum to suit their needs. All students receive the same fundamental content in science education as well the same grounding in science content. However, applying the content and pedagogies they are learning to their own teaching practice (via various assignments and research) allows them to see how to modify concepts and practices to different levels and settings of science education.
This is not a program that leads to teacher certification.
Our program is also designed for curriculum specialists, instructional resource persons responsible for K-12 science education, and others who wish to pursue studies in the field of science education for a variety of reasons. We are flexible enough to work with people in the fields of public or informal science education, such as museum specialists and medical educators.
Individuals admitted to the Master of Natural Science program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. The undergraduate degree must have a total of 30 or more hours of mathematics and science. For more information, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.
Science Education program consists of 32 hours of study, 18 of which are in the area of emphasis, 6 in the Complementary Area and 8 hours of Electives.
This is a non-thesis track. As such, a scholarly paper and a written comprehensive examination are additional requirements.
For more information about the courses, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.
Each graduate student works with an individual faculty advisor, and these are coordinated through the graduate coordinator, Dr. Rachel Morgan Theall.
Students in our program engage in an action research project - an investigation often executed within their own classrooms; this research is the basis for the required scholarly paper.
There are multiple opportunities for students to complete research with graduate faculty during their program. Research interests of our faculty include case-based teaching and learning, student attitudes towards science, magnetic properties of materials, and phase transitions.
Department of Chemistry
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 6400
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: (573) 651-2372