This master’s degree option involves either a thesis or capstone project. The program is intended for individuals interested in building their expertise in science education as well as their capacity for contributing to the profession. This program is also appropriate for individuals who are interested in adding to their science content background with graduate level coursework while preparing to teach at the community college level.
For those completing a thesis, you will work closely with a faculty mentor to prepare and present a formal document that demonstrates:
- independent investigation,
- how you have built your expertise in science education,
- your capacity for contributing to the profession, and
- that you can construct a product of publishable quality.
For those completing a capstone project (i.e. project in-lieu of thesis), you will work closely with a faculty mentor to complete a teacher-research project based upon a classroom context of your choosing.
To earn the MAE Certificate in Science Education, which is currently pending approval a the Graduate College, students must complete 9 credits of any SCE prefix course at the 5000 level or higher (see SCE courses in the graduate catalog). The 9 credits will be selected by the student in consultation with the advisor and approved by the advisor in advance.