The Master of Science in Science Education

The Saint Vincent College Master of Science Degree in Science Education focuses on the ideas that encompass scientific concepts and intertwines them with the latest instructional strategies. The program is designed for the general practicing science teacher, science-orientated educator or related professional with a science or non-science background. Interested elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to consider this field for advanced study or to become more marketable in school education. The science education master’s degree incorporates concepts of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) into the curriculum to assist educators in meeting the new curricular trends in education at all levels. Extensive background in science is not required, but having introductory science course work in the main areas of science is strongly recommended. The program provides students with a broad understanding of science education, general science-content areas, advanced curriculum and instruction methodology and history of American science education.  Resources that encourage the use of inquiry-based and content-deepening science activities in both formal and informal classroom settings to foster an understanding of legal and ethical issues in science education that face today’s children are offered. The program will place emphasis on developing science education leaders who will be resources to their schools, school districts, and other work sites in developing and implementing science curricula to meet the new Pennsylvania academic standards.

What Can I Do With a Masters in Science Education?

The Master of Science Degree in Science Education provides an advanced and individualized program of study in Science Education designed for both formal and non-formal educators. The program provides opportunities for in-depth study and investigation of recent research, emergent knowledge, and current events concerning science issues and policies and educational practices. By using both traditional and non-traditional strategies, and both classroom and laboratory activities, students graduating with this degree will be well prepared for the professional world. The Saint Vincent Education program will develop science education leaders who will be resources to their schools, school districts and other work sites in developing and implementing science curricula to meet the new Pennsylvania Academic Standards.

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Goals
  • To offer resources that will encourage the use of inquiry-based and content-deepening science activities in both formal and  informal classroom settings and to foster an understanding of legal and ethical issues in science education that face the our children.
  • To provide instruction in the primary content areas of the sciences and curriculum and instruction that can be used in the classroom or education setting. 
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Requirements for a Master of Science Degree in Science Education

Required Courses (36 Credits):
GCSC 608 Principles, History and Issues of Science Education - 3 credits
GCSC 618 Forestry and Wildlife Management and Field Techniques - 3 credits
GCSC 628 Materials Science and Engineering - 3 credits
GCSC 638 Cell Systems and Functions - 3 credits
GCSC 648 Science Classroom Management and Laboratory Experiences - 3 credits
GCSC 658 Science Practicum - 3 credits
GCED 605 Statistics and Research Design - 3 credits
GCED 615 Curriculum Systems Design - 3 credits
GCED 620 Assessment and Diagnostics - 3 credits
GCED 625 Instructional Technology - 3 credits
GCED 635 Instructional Methodology - 3 credits
One elective (any graduate education course not listed above) -  3 credits

Course Descriptions

Sequence and Schedule 
The Science Education Master’s degree is designed to be an accelerated 36-credit hours that can be completed in approximately 21 months (11 required courses, one elective course). The courses are held in the fall, spring and summer semesters in accelerated 7-week sessions offered one night per week between the hours of 6 and 10PM and one Saturday per course.  Each full semester has two accelerated 7-week sessions.  Students can take two courses a term only driving to campus one evening per week. At the close of the student’s coursework, a comprehensive exam is taken. The exam is offered each term, thus enabling students to graduate year around. 

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Education Programs Admission Requirements
  1. Possess an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts must be submitted from each institution attended to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education.
  2. Have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0. For a GPA lower than 3.0, applicants will be reviewed for provisional acceptance.
  3. Send three recommendations to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education.
  4. Personal statement explaining your desire to obtain a graduate degree.
  5. Completed Application for Graduate Admission in Education
  • How to Apply
    Regular Admission 
    Possess an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  Official transcripts must be submitted from each institution attended to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education. 
    1. Have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0. For a GPA lower than 3.0, applicants will be reviewed for provisional acceptance. 
    2. Send three recommendations to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education. 
    3. Personal statement explaining your desire to obtain a graduate degree. 
    4. Submit completed Graduate School Application

    Provisional Acceptance 
    If a student does not meet the above requirements for regular admission to the graduate programs in education, consideration will be given for acceptance on a provisional basis.  The student will be required to maintain a 3.75 GPA over the course of completing three graduate classes.  If the student is able to maintain a 3.75 grade point average he/she will be reviewed for regular admission. A student within this status will not be allowed to take more than 9 credits of graduate coursework.  If the student is not able to maintain a 3.75 GPA after completing 9 credits of graduate coursework, regular admission will be denied.  The provisional acceptance will still allow a student to qualify for financial aid if needed. 

    Graduate Non-Degree Status 
    If a student does not want acceptance to a graduate program but would like to register for graduate classes the student may apply as a graduate non-degree seeking student.  This allows the student to register for up to 9 graduate credits without applying or being accepted to a program.  In order to register under this status a student must complete the graduate non-degree application and submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education.  Once this information is received the student will be contacted regarding registration for classes. A student within this status is not eligible for financial aid. 

    Note: The Graduate Non-Degree Status also serves the student who decides to apply to a program right before the semester begins without ample time to complete the application.  The student can begin taking classes as a Graduate Non-Degree student while completing the application for admission.