College of Education

About

The Master of Sciences is an interdepartmental degree involving the College of Education and other colleges on the campus. The Science Teaching Option is designed for teachers aspiring to pursue a degree with greater emphasis on science content and less emphasis on pedagogy. The Science Teaching Option includes Science Education courses as well as science, mathematics, and selected other content courses. The program is designed to provide classroom teachers with a strong background in science content balanced with knowledge of contemporary science teaching practice, and the sound application of research.

This interdisciplinary program designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their knowledge of science and improve their science teaching skills. The program is appropriate for teachers at all levels (K-12) interested in improving their science teaching or developing science program in their schools.

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

Program Requirements

The Science Teaching 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. At least 24 semester hours must be at the graduate level.

Courses

Course work hours required includes:

Science, Mathematics, or Space Studies (18 credits)

Course/Credits
Graduate science content courses offered through the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences or UCCS Extended Studies. May include limited hours at the 3000- & 4000-level-18 credits

Science Education (9 credits)

Course/Credits
Science Education courses offered through the College of Education-9

Education (3 credits)

Course/Credits/Title
CURR 5090 - 3 Research Project

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

Offerings

The Master of Basic Science (MSc) degree specializing in Science Teaching can be completed in only 33 hours. Schedules are designed to meet the needs of busy teachers.

Relevant 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 and the College of Arts and Science.

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

 
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