Science Education Program Information
The Science Education master’s degrees programs focus on theory and research-based best practices in formal and informal science teaching and learning at all age levels (preK-adult). Two types of master’s degrees in Science Education are offered: a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E. degree). More information about the requirements for these degrees can be found in the Graduate Degrees section of this catalog.
Master of Education
The science education M.Ed. degree (known as “ProTeach”) is a state-approved and nationally-accredited middle and high school initial teacher preparation program. Three tracks are offered (biology, chemistry, and physics), all of which fulfill the course and field experience requirements for professional teacher certification to teach grades 6-12 science in the State of Florida. No thesis or project is required for the M.Ed. degree.
The ProTeach M.Ed. program uses a professional cohort model in which students complete 39 credits of graduate level education coursework in a full-time Fall, Spring, Summer sequence. A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent of a bachelor’s degree) in one of the three areas of science certification is a pre-requisite/co-requisite for completion of the program. Additional information outlining the program of study for the science ProTeach block is available at this link: http://education.ufl.edu/school-teaching-learning/secondary-science-proteach-program-information and lists of content core pre-requisites for the biology, chemistry, and physics Proteach programs are available at this link:http://education.ufl.edu/school-teaching-learning/secondary-science-education-proteach.
Master of Arts in Education
The M.A.E. in science education offers two options: thesis or project-in-lieu of thesis. Upon admission, M.A.E. students work closely with a faculty advisor to design a program of study tailored to their professional needs and goals. Students can complete science education M.A.E. programs as either part-time or full-time students.
The thesis option is designed for experienced preK-adult formal or informal science educators interested in pursuing advanced degrees with a strong research focus. Most students completing the M.A.E. thesis option continue on to pursue doctoral degrees in science education. Thirty credits of graduate level coursework and six credits of supervised research culminating in a thesis are required.
The non-thesis option is primarily designed for experienced preK-adult formal or informal science educators interested in improving their own professional practice while also earning a graduate degree. In addition, a modified version of the M.A.E. program is available for students interested in obtaining certification to teach earth/space science in grades 6-12. A minimum of 36 total graduate credits is required for the non-thesis M.A.E. degree along with an action research project that is usually job-embedded.
For more detailed information about the Science programs and faculty, as well as various certificate programs please visit our website: http://education.ufl.edu/science-education.