Master of Science, Natural Sciences
The MS in Natural Sciences: Science Education for certified teachers from grades K–12, expands upon inquiry and curriculum development and assessment in the science content areas, with a focus on the CT Science Standards.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Graduate students are expected to demonstrate:
• a deep understanding of scientific inquiry methods;
• acquisition of scientific content knowledge;
• an understanding of the history and nature of science; and
• skills necessary to advance in educational scholarship.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accreditied institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.0 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.
The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University) must be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.
Course and Capstone Requirements (30 credits):
SCI 500 Science, Technology and Society
Professional Education (6–9 credits):
One of the following:
EDF 500 Contemporary Educational Issues
EDF 516 School and Society
EDF 524 Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum
EDF 525 History of American Education
EDF 538 The Politics of Education
EDF 583 Sociological Foundations of Education
Additional courses as approved by advisor
Science (15–18 credits):
Science courses as approved by advisor
Research (6 credits):
SCI 595 Special Projects in Science Education
SCI 598 Research in Science Education
Plan A: 30 credits, including three credits of Thesis (SCI 599)
Plan C: 33 credits
Note: No more than six credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study. Only students admitted before Fall 2002 are allowed nine credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor.