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Science Education

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

A conversation before a science project

Science Education - Programs

Master of Science in Science Education

The M.S. in Science Education is designed primarily for credentialed K-12 teachers and experienced informal educators.

Application

Prospective graduate students in M.S. in Science Education, including CSULB graduates, must formally apply for admission to CSULB as described previously in this Catalog and must also apply directly to the Department of Science Education. All applicants must submit the following documents directly to the department office:

  • 1. Completion of departmental application form, including personal statement. The application form is available in the Department of Science Education office and on the internet [http://www.scienceteaching.org, click on “Masters Info”].
  • 2. Two confidential recommendation letters, sent under separate cover, including one from an administrator or supervisor at a school/institution where the applicant is (or was) employed.

Prospective graduate students must also receive a positive recommendation following an interview with graduate faculty.

Review by the Graduate Studies Committee

The Graduate Studies Committee will review all completed applications and recommend either accepting the applicant as a Classified or Conditionally Classified graduate student, or denying admission. All accepted students should contact the departmental graduate advisor before their first semester for advisement and orientation.

Classified Graduate Student

The Department of Science Education will recommend for admission as a Classified graduate student any applicant who has met all prerequisites and been accepted by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Conditionally Classified Graduate Student

An applicant who fails to meet the criteria for Classified admission to the department may be considered by the Graduate Studies Committee for admission as a Conditionally Classified graduate student. The Graduate Studies Committee will determine what deficiencies each applicant has and specify what the individual must do to make up those deficiencies. The applicant must make up all such deficiencies before attaining Classified status.

Admission to the Department Prerequisites

In addition to the prerequisites for entrance into CSULB as a graduate student stated in this Catalog, the Science Education department requires:

  • California Multiple Subject or science teaching credential, or the equivalent*;
  • GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 units of study completed.

* Those students participating in the informal science option may substitute one or more years experience working as an educator in an informal learning setting; a letter of support is required.

Students are expected to exhibit high standards of writing proficiency. Students missing any admission criteria may only be admitted after receiving the approval of a department graduate faculty committee.

Option in Elementary Science Education (code SCEDMS01)

This option is designed for teachers who are K-8 generalists. It may also be appropriate for Single Subject teachers interested in increasing the breadth of their scientific knowledge.

Program of Study

The Program of Study includes successful completion of:

  • 1. Take 6 units from the following:
    • EDP 519, 520, 595, 596 or other courses chosen in consultation with advisor;
  • 2. Take all the following Science Education core courses:
    • SCED 550 Current Issues and Research in Science Education (3)
    • SCED 551 Science Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Models (3)
    • SCED 552 Nature of Science (3)
    • SCED 697 Directed Research (1-3)
  • 3. Take all the following science courses:
    • SCED 500 Life Science Applications for K-8 Teachers (3)
    • SCED 501 Earth Sciences Applications for K-8 Teachers (3)
    • SCED 502 Physical Science Applications for K-8 Teachers (3)
  • 4. Take the following course:
    • SCED 698 Thesis (1-3)

Option in Secondary Science Education (code SCEDMS02)

This option is aimed at teachers with a Single Subject credential in Science. Graduate students complete 9 units of graduate work in a Science discipline.

Program of Study

The Program of Study includes successful completion of:

  • 1. Take 6 units from the following:
    • EDP 519, 520, 595, 596, or other courses chosen in consultation with advisor
  • 2. Take all the following Science Education core courses:
    • SCED 550 Current Issues and Research in Science Education (3)
    • SCED 551 Science Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Models (3)
    • SCED 552 Nature of Science (3)
    • SCED 697 Directed Research (1-3)
  • 3. Take 9 units of graduate level science
    • (chosen in consultation with advisor)
  • 4. Take the following course:
    • SCED 698 Thesis (1-3)

Option in Informal Science Education (SCEDMS03)

This option is aimed at educators currently working in non-classroom settings such as museums, zoos, and nature centers, as well as those charged with fostering the public understanding of science.

Program of Study

The Program of Study (33 units) includes the successful completion of:

  • 1. Take all the following Science Education core courses:
    • SCED 550 Current Issues and Research in Science Education (3)
    • SCED 551 Science Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Models (3)
    • SCED 552 Nature of Science (3)
    • SCED 553 Science Learning in Informal Settings (3)
    • SCED 697 Directed Research (1-3)
  • 2. Take 6 units of science courses from the following:
    • SCED 500, 501, 502, or other graduate-level science courses chosen in consultation with an advisor
  • 3. Take 3 units research methodology from the following:
    • EDP 519, 520, 595, 596; REC 696, or other courses in consultation with an advisor
  • 4. Take 3 units non-profit management or other practitioner-related course from the following:
    • REC 521, 528, or other courses in consultation with an advisor
  • 5. Take 3 units elective, chosen in consultation with advisor
  • 6. Take the following course:
    • SCED 698 Thesis (1-3)

Advancement to Candidacy

1. The regulations governing the master's degree are those in effect at the time of advancement to candidacy. A student must be designated as a Classified Student in good standing prior to advancing to candidacy.

2. A student must satisfy the general requirements of the University, including fulfilling the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirements (GWAR).

3. The student’s M.S. program must be approved by a faculty graduate advisor, the department graduate advisor and the department chair before submission to the Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

4. Advancement to candidacy may take place upon satisfactory completion of six units in the M.S. program. A student must have been advanced to candidacy before initiating formal thesis research necessary to complete the M.S. degree.