Graduate programs in Science Education include coursework in professional education and in a specialized science field. Coursework in science includes 12 to15 credit hours in a specific area such as a physical, biological, earth or marine science. Candidates can have undergraduate degrees in science, a science related field (e.g., engineering), or science education. Thesis programs (i.e., M.S.T., M.S., and Ph.D.) include a substantial educational research component.
Teacher Certification. The Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) is currently the only graduate degree leading to certification in science education (grades 8-12).
M.Ed. The regular (non-thesis) Master of Education in Science Education degree program is designed primarily for current science teachers who wish to strengthen their practice. This program does not lead to teacher certification. It requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, with 15 credit hours in education and 12-15 credit hours in a major science subject area.
C.A.S. The Certificate of Advanced Study program in Science Education relies on an individually planned course of study developed by the student and advisor. The program may include half the coursework in professional education and the other half in an area of concentration such as science or environmental studies.
M.S. The Master of Science degree is a thesis program with a minimum of 30 credit hours divided between education and a major science subject area. Students in this program work closely with a faculty advisor to engage in original research in science education. This program does not lead to teacher certification.
Ph.D. (STEM Education) The Doctor of Philosophy in STEM education is associated with both the College of Education and Human Development and the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education. The program is designed to accommodate students with a range of disciplinary affiliations ranging from broad (e.g., science education; mathematics education) to specific (e.g., biology education). It consists of coursework (minimum 45 credits) as well as mentored and independent research, culminating in a dissertation study. Students complete a common core of required courses, as well as courses specific to their focus within STEM education.