Master of Arts in Science Education
The Master of Arts in Science Education online degree program at Aurora University is designed to equip secondary science teachers with the science content and education pedagogy needed to excite and instill a passion for science in our next generation of learners. Secondary teachers who seek to increase their knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in biology, chemistry, physical science, and earth and space science will learn new ways to work with students in the classroom to meet the Next Generation Science Standards. The program delivers teaching methods and content knowledge in physical, life, and earth and space sciences. Integrated coursework demonstrates the interconnected nature of STEM fields and is designed so teachers can experiment at home and take ideas directly to the classroom. Scientific and engineering practices will be introduced in field study and technology courses. Overall, the program explores how humans scientifically study the natural world and its universe while considering cause and effect relationships between humans, technology and their environment.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: 37 semester hours, including 1 semester hour of required field experience.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should hold a current teaching certificate or license and an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher from a regionally accredited institution. Additional admission requirements include a resume or curriculum vita, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation and transcripts noting bachelor’s degree completion. The GRE is not required for admission.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Students nationwide are in an educational deficit, ranking far behind most other developed countries in the fields of math (25) and science (17). School systems across the country are looking to bolster academic achievement levels by hiring qualified, master’s-level educators that specialize in math and science. A Business-Higher Education Forum report suggests that the United States will need an estimated 280,000 math and science teachers by 2015 to become competitive in the global economy.
While overall career growth for post-secondary teachers remains stagnant through the next decade, math and science teachers are seeing tremendous growth as school systems nationwide look to bolster their students’ academic achievement level. Many local and state governments are looking to increase education spending and incentives in the near future for targeted hiring in the math and science areas.