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The program in Science Education is designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their science teaching skills or become leaders in the field of science 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 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.

Admissions

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:

Admissions Checklist

Complete the electronic online application: http://www.uccs.edu/~apply/

Obtain three letters of reference

Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended

Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements)

Current résumé

Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure

Interview with department faculty member

Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program.

**If you have questions about the program before or during the Admissions process, or would like more programmatic information, call 719-255-4996 or education@uccs.edu

*Additional items of note for International applicants:

      • All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes)
      • English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, a TOEFL score of 550‐(paper‐based) or 80‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Please contact the UCCS Office of International Affairs at: international@uccs.edu or call: 1‐719-255‐7218 to make arrangements to take the ACT/COMPASS® at UCCS.

Program Requirements

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.

Note: Students should consult with their program advisor to assure that courses selected are appropriate for credit in the Science Education program.

Courses

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:

Science Education (12 - 18 credits)

Course/Credits
Science Methodology courses offered through the College of Education12-18

Education (12 - 18 credits)

Includes core courses required by the Curriculum & Instruction degree:

Course/Credits/Title
LEAD 5600 - 3 Social Foundations & Trends
LEAD 5700 - 3 Introduction to Research & Statistics
CURR 5090 -3 Research Project

Letters, Arts, and Sciences or Space Studies Courses (0 - 6 credits)

Course/Credits/Title
Includes Space Studies courses, LAS graduate courses, and a limited number of 300- and 400-level LAS courses-0-6

 Note: Students should consult with their program advisor to assure that courses selected are appropriate for credit in the Science Education program.

Offerings

The Curriculum and Instruction Masters degree specializing in Science Education can be completed in only 30 hours. Schedules are designed to meet the needs of busy teachers.

Science Education courses are offered spring, summer, and fall terms. Students may work on course work throughout the year in courses offered by the UCCS College of Education.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, most courses are offered in the evening to accommodate the schedules of working teachers.

 
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