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The Master of Science and Education (MSE) is a degree offered by the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Services (JHCEHSHS) in collaboration with the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Within the degree program, area concentrations are possible in both Ecology and Geology. The MSE is intended for persons who (1) already have a baccalaureate degree, (2) are already licensed to teach Earth Science or Life Science at the junior high or high school level, and (3) want the degree in order to expand their knowledge in the area of their teaching specialization.
Students with a Biology, Geology or other baccalaureate degree that are not licensed to teach Earth or Life Science should not pursue the MSE degree but rather apply to the College of Education's Licensure Alternative Master's Program (LAMP), which will provide them with a Master of Education degree and a teaching license in Earth or Life Science (for more information see the last section of this document).
The present document describes the interdisciplinary MSE degree program as administered jointly through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (CI), and the Department of Environmental Sciences (ES).
|Students wishing to pursue the MSE degree must apply to and be accepted by both the CI and ES departments. The minimum requirements for admission are those stipulated by the Graduate School: an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, and three letters of recommendation. Students with a GPA of less than 2.7 may be granted a "provisional admission".|
A student pursuing the MSE degree will have two faculty co-advisors, one in CI and the other in ES. Both co-advisors have equal authority and responsibility in directing the student's project/thesis research and in specifying the graduate coursework in the chosen area of specialization. The two co-advisers together prepare, for the Graduate School, the student's Plan of Study, and approve the student's research project/thesis.
A total of 36 hours of graduate coursework approved by the CI and ES co-advisors is required for the MSE degree. The coursework will be taken in the following areas:
|Teaching Licensure in Earth or Life Science, and the Master of Education|
Students with a baccalaureate degree who want a teaching license in either Earth or Life Science should pursue the Master of Education degree through the College of Education's Licensure Alternative Master's Program (LAMP). For more information about the specific course requirements see the LAMP director.
For LAMP's MEd degree, students will first take the required undergraduate courses within the College of Natural Science and Mathematics as an 'undergraduate with degree' (UWD). In most cases, some of these courses will already have been taken for a student's baccalaureate degree and so need not be taken again. Once these undergraduate courses are completed, the student then enters the College of Education's graduate program, where they will take the required graduate courses, complete the research seminar/project/thesis, take the state-mandated PRAXIS II test of knowledge in the area of specialization and in the practice of learning and teaching, and fulfill the student teaching requirement.