Science Education

The Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) is designed for teachers at all levels who wish to further their knowledge of science as well as science pedagogy. The MSSE is based on the research underlying the Next Generation Science Standards.

The program is designed for professionals who possess either an elementary or secondary teaching certificate. MSSE students can elect to integrate studies of either literacy or the environment into their curriculum. To accommodate the different science content background of teachers with elementary or secondary certificates, this degree program has two tracks: one for K-8 teachers (Track I) and one for 6-12 teachers with BS or BA degrees in a science discipline (Track II). Depending on a student’s background, a combination of the Tracks may be appropriate at the discretion of the MSSE Coordinator. The degree consists of 30 semester hours, available to both full and part-time students although courses will be primarily offered during the late afternoon and evening sessions or in the summer to accommodate the working professional.

Admission Requirements & Application

Eligibility for regular admission includes:

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 (B) undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better
  • Three professional letters of recommendation using required form 
  • Statement of purpose
  • State of Michigan Teaching Certificate

Individuals who wish to apply for this program may initiate the application process online at: umdearborn.edu/gradapplynow/

Transfer of Credit

Students may apply for transfer of credit of a maximum of 15 semester hours from applicable University of Michigan graduate courses. Students may apply to transfer six semester hours from another accredited graduate institution. Only graduate course credit hours earned during the last five years for which a grade of B or better was received will be considered for transfer. Transfer credit may be requested only after admission to the Master of Science in Science Education program and successful completion of eight credit hours of graduate-level letter-graded coursework. All courses to be transferred must be approved by the Director of the Master’s Degrees. A "Request for Transfer of Credit" form and official course descriptions and course syllabi must be submitted. Enrolled students must obtain prior approval of the Coordinator to elect classes off campus.

Time Limits

All coursework toward the master's degree must be completed within five (5) consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the Graduate School.

MSSE Requirements

Track I

Science Content
NSCI 531Adv Learning Inquiry: Phys Sci3
NSCI 532Adv Inquiry: Earth/Planet Sci3
NSCI 533Adv Inquiry: Life Science3
Pedagogy
EDD 575Integrating Science & Literacy3
EDD 685Adv Science Meth: Elem & MS3
EDT 510Teaching with Technology3
Assessment
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
EXPS 520Science Ed Action Research3
Electives
Consult with the program advisor for eligible electives.3
Total Credit Hours30

Track II

Science Content
Science content as advised.9
Pedagogy
EDD 574Environmental Education3
or EDD 586 Environmental Interpretation
EDD 680Adv Science Meth: Secondary3
EDT 510Teaching with Technology3
Assessment
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
EXPS 520Science Ed Action Research3
Electives
Consult with the program advisor for eligible electives.3
Total Credit Hours30

Track I

Evidence of passing the Integrated Science section of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) at the elementary level. (Students may be provisionally admitted to Track I without the MTTC. Additional coursework may be required in that case.)

Track II

Evidence of passing the appropriate science sections of the MTTC (for major and/or minor)

For more information, call the Office of Student Success at 313-593-5090 or visit: http://umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_msse/