The program in Space Studies in Science Education is designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their science teaching skills or become leaders in the field of science and space education. It is appropriate for teachers at all levels (K-12) who wish to learn more about applying contemporary science teaching strategies in their schools.
The program is designed to provide classroom teachers with a sound background in current space studies, science education research, theory, standards, and practice. Emphasis is placed on utilization of inquiry strategies, manipulative activities, and science process skills as a basis for science instruction. Teachers completing this program will be prepared to: teach science in a self-contained setting, serve as science teachers for schools utilizing departmentalization, serve as science resource teachers at the school or district level, or pursue an advanced degree in science education.
Note: This program is not designed to lead to teacher licensure.
Admission to the Graduate School at UCCS is required for this program. However, individual courses may be taken by unclassified students. To be admitted to the program one must provide:
The Space Studies in Science Education program requires a total of thirty-three semester hours of course work and completion of a research project as part of Curr 5090.
A thesis option is available but not required.
The Science Education program requires a total of thirty semester hours of course work and completion of a research project as part of CURR 5090. A thesis option is available but not required.
Course work hours required includes:
|Offered by the Space Foundation through Extended Studies||15|
Includes core courses required by the Curriculum & Instruction degree:
|Science content and method courses offered through the College of Education||9|
|LEAD 5600 - Social Foundations & Trends||3|
|LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics||3|
|CURR 5090 - Research Project||3|
Note: Students should consult with their program advisor to assure that courses selected are appropriate for credit in the Science Education program.
In an attempt to serve our students and our community, the UCCS College of Education offers a specialty in Space Studies as part of its well established Science Education Program. This program is offered by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in collaboration with the Space Foundation. Space Studies courses are offered through the UCCS Extended Education Program. All other courses are offered through the UCCS College of Education.
The program includes classes in Space Studies, Science Education, and Educational Curriculum. A total of 33 course hours are required to complete the C&I Masters, Space Studies in Science Education. Comprehensive Exams are not required, however students will complete a science education research project as part of the Research Project course CURR 5090.
All courses are offered spring, summer and fall terms at times conveniently designed to fit into the schedule of classroom teachers. Students may work on course work throughout the year in courses offered by the UCCS College of Education.