Department of Environmental Sciences

M.S.E. in Geology or Biology


Introduction

The Master of Science and Education (MSE) is a combined master's degree program offered by the Judith Herb College of Education in collaboration with the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. This degree is designed for students who wish to enhance their knowledge in a science field and in education.

Areas of concentration include: biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. This program does not lead to a teaching license. Students interested in licensure should apply to one of the Licensure and Master's Programs (LAMP).

The MSE is a 36 semester hour program. Students take courses in curriculum and instruction along with courses selected with a faculty adviser based on the student's area of concentration. The program culminates with a theory and research class and the completion of either a master's seminar aimed at producing a publishable manuscript, a research-based project, or a thesis depending on the student's interest. Coursework is completed through a combination of on-campus, online and field-based courses.

Admission

In addition to admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, admission to the master's program requires the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution

  • A well-written statement of purpose describing the student’s background and goals as well as the importance of the degree in achieving those goals

  • Three letters of recommendation regarding the prospective student's potential for doing master's level work from professionals such as an undergraduate major advisor, current employer, school principal or others who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to engage in graduate work in the desired program

  • A content area grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale for coursework in the selected concentration is preferred

  • Undergraduate content area coursework in preparation for graduate work in the selected concentration

The master's program has selective admissions and may admit a limited number of students. Thus, meeting all formal criteria does not guarantee admission.

What to Submit with Your Application

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education

  • Statement of purpose

  • Three letters of recommendation

Faculty Advisors

As a general rule, students will have an advisor in the Judith Herb College of Education and in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics who will jointly plan and direct the program. Students who wish to complete their culminating experience in education will work with their Judith Herb College of Education advisor. Students who wish to complete their culminating experience in their sciences field will work with their College of Natural Science and Mathematics advisor. 

Required Coursework

For the Master of Science and Education degree, students must complete the following program requirements:

  • A minimum of 36 semester hours of approved graduate course work

  • An area of specialization in curriculum and instruction of a minimum of 12 semester hours with courses pre-approved by the faculty advisor

  • An area of specialization in the selected concentration of a minimum of 15 semester hours with courses pre-approved by the faculty advisor

  • A course to complete the specialization in curriculum and instruction or the selected concentration 

  • A course in theory and research

  • A thesis, project, or research seminar

In addition, no more than six semester hours of credit from any combination of workshops (5950), problems or special topics courses (5980 or 6980), and independent studies (5990 or 6990) may be included in the degree program.

All coursework and requirements of the master's degree must be taken within a six-year period immediately preceding the date the degree is awarded.

PLAN OF STUDY

A plan of study identifying the courses for the master's degree is required after 12 credit hours, generally at the end of the first semester of full-time study. The master's plan of study must include the following within the 36-semester hour minimum:

  • 12 credits of specialization in curriculum and instruction

  • 15 credits of specialization in the selected concentration 

  • 3 credits in curriculum and instruction or the selected concentration 

  • 3 credits of theory and research 

  • 3 credits of thesis, project, or research seminar 

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 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 will 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.

Last Updated: 10/6/20