Science Education (MA)

The most current cohort schedule is displayed below. Additional cohort schedules include:

2017 Cohort

Tentative course schedule

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Spring 2017

OPTIONAL JUMP START - Students may choose to begin their elective coursework early.

XXXX Content/elective coursework

-- 2-4 unit(s)
Contact the program coordinator for course options.

Summer 2017

SCI ED 6700 The History, Philosophy and Nature of Science -- 2 unit(s)

Examination of the nature of science and major philosophical developments of science throughout history and the implications to the science classroom.

XXXX Content/elective coursework

-- 2-4 unit(s)
Contact the program coordinator for course options.

Fall 2017

SCI ED 6800 Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education -- 2 unit(s)

Study of learning theories from behaviorism to constructivism and how these theories are translated into science teaching practice through various teaching models. Seminar format, 2 hours/week.

SCI ED 5500 Techniques for Science Teachers

Topics selected to assist science teachers in improving their teaching. These may include teaching or assessment strategies, laboratory techniques, specific science concepts, or examples of new curricula. Topic listed in Schedule of Classes. Application to major requires advisor approval. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of instructor.

-- 1 unit(s)

Spring 2018

SCI ED 6500 Research Methods in Science Education -- 3 unit(s)

Introduction to qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research used in science education. Emphasis on and critical analysis of primary literature. Application of literature review, research design, data analysis and writing styles to graduate projects.

Summer 2018

SCI ED 6900 Trends and Issues in Science Education -- 2 unit(s)

Major trends and issues in science education, focusing primarily on science education from the 1950s to present.

XXXX Content/elective coursework

-- 2-4 unit(s)
Contact the program coordinator for course options.

Fall 2018

SCI ED 6600 Developing Science Curricula -- 2 unit(s)

Analysis and design of science curricula with attention to K-12 national and state initiatives and standards. Seminar format, 2 hours/week.

SCI ED 5500 Techniques for Science Teachers

Topics selected to assist science teachers in improving their teaching. These may include teaching or assessment strategies, laboratory techniques, specific science concepts, or examples of new curricula. Topic listed in Schedule of Classes. Application to major requires advisor approval. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of instructor.

-- 1 unit(s)

Spring 2019

SCI ED 6299 Research

Conduct supervised research on selected topic(s). Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

-- 1-6 unit(s)
May be taken at various times and increments from Spring 2019 forward

XXXX Content/elective coursework

-- 3-12 unit(s)
Depending on content/elective coursework already completed

Summer 2019

Continue with research/elective coursework as needed

* Please note the number of units from this listed program will vary depending on allowable transfer credit. Up to 10 units of credit may be accepted as transfer credit. MA students may pursue either a thesis or non-thesis option. SCI ED 6299 Research hours (six for thesis; three for non-thesis) may be taken at various times and increments (i.e., 1 unit of credit at a time) after completion of the five core courses in the sequence, and can be taken at a distance without coming to campus.

Convenient format and delivery

Designed for in-service teachers, the program format and schedule provides the convenience and flexibility to fit into your busy life. Using a cohort model, groups of students complete the core coursework together over a two-year period. Additional electives are taken concurrently or in subsequent semesters in order to complete the program. It is not recommended that full-time teachers take more than 3 credits of graduate coursework per semester during the academic year. Consequently, this is a part-time program with an average time to completion of 4 years. 

Distance education
Courses in this program are offered Wednesday evenings via interactive video conferencing methods. Courses are supported online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. Core courses also use a blended approach, with in-person instruction required at least once per course. Depending on chosen electives, summer sessions may also require attendance on the UNI campus or Lakeside Laboratory in northwest Iowa. A required orientation session is scheduled on the UNI campus Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.

Services and support

Support services such as access to the UNI Rod Library, UNI Financial Aid and technical assistance will be readily available.