MSc in Science Teaching


The Master of Sciences is an interdepartmental degree involving the College of Education and other colleges on the campus. The Space Studies/Science Teaching option is designed for teachers aspiring to pursue a degree with greater emphasis on science content and less emphasis on pedagogy. The Space Studies/Science Teaching option includes Science Education courses as well as science, space studies, 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.

The Space Studies/Science Teaching option allows teachers to gain specialized knowledge related to various aspects of space. Space studies courses are available on a wide variety of topics including: earth systems, rocketry, biology, living in space, physics, geology, astronomy, and technology. While these courses have a strong content focus, they also emphasize creative use of inquiry strategies, manipulative activities, and science process skills as a basis for science instruction. The program is designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their content knowledge of space and related science fields. The program is appropriate for teachers at all levels (K-12) who wish to become leaders in the field of space studies.

Note: This program is not designed to lead to teacher licensure.


Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1

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: Apply Now!

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.

All students accepted into the program must complete a "Degree Plan" in collaboration with their advisor during their first semester on campus.

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

Additional items of note for International applicants:
English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office.

Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country’s Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, AACRAO ( or World Education Services/WES

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.

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.


Course work hours required includes:

Science, Mathematics, or (Content Based) Science Education (18 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)

Science Education courses offered through the College of Education-9

Education (3 credits)

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.


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.