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Science Education

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Science Education - Programs

Graduate Program


Master of Science in Science Education



The M.S. in Science Education is designed primarily for credentialed K-12 teachers and experienced informal educators interested in deepening their understanding of science, education, and the teaching and learning of science. The program includes a blend of courses from the Department of Science Education, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the College of Education. The program introduces candidates to Science Education as a field of study, with its own journals, issues, and research areas.

Application


Prospective graduate students in M.S. in Science Education, including CSULB graduates, must formally apply for admission to CSULB as described previously in this Catalog and must also apply directly to the Department of Science Education. All applicants must submit the following documents directly to the department office:

1. Completion of departmental application form, including personal statement. The application form is available in the Department of Science Education office and on the internet [www.scienceteaching.org, click on "Masters Info"].

2. Two confidential recommendation letters, sent under separate cover, including one from an administrator or supervisor at a school where the applicant is (or was) employed.

3. Transcripts (in addition to those required by the university; photocopies acceptable).

Prospective graduate students must also receive a positive recommendation following an interview with graduate faculty.

Review by the Graduate Studies Committee


The Graduate Studies Committee will review all completed applications and recommend either accepting the applicant as a Classified or Conditionally Classified graduate student, or denying admission. All accepted students should contact the Departmental Graduate Advisor before their first semester for advisement and orientation.

Classified Graduate Student


The Department of Science Education will recommend for admission as a Classified graduate student any applicant who has met all prerequisites and been accepted by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Conditionally Classified Graduate Student


An applicant who fails to meet the criteria for Classified admission to the Department may be considered by the Graduate Studies Committee for admission as a Conditionally Classified graduate student. The Graduate Studies Committee will determine what deficiencies each applicant has and specify what the individual must do to make up those deficiencies. The applicant must make up all such deficiencies before attaining Classified status.

Option in Elementary Science Education (code SCEDMS01)


The option in Elementary Science Education is designed for teachers who are K-8 generalists. Although aimed at those with a Multiple Subject credential, the program may also be appropriate for Single Subject teachers interested in increasing the breadth of their scientific knowledge.

Students completing this option will be prepared to assume positions of greater science leadership at their schools or districts, or go on to further graduate study in science education.

Admission to the Department

Prerequisites

In addition to the prerequisites for entrance into CSULB as a graduate student stated in this Catalog under Graduate Degrees and Post Baccalaureate Studies, the Department of Science Education requires:
• California Multiple Subject or science teaching credential (or the equivalent).
• GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 units of study completed.

Students are expected to exhibit high standards of writing proficiency. Students missing any admission criteria may only be admitted after receiving the approval of a department graduate faculty committee.

The Program of Study

The Program of Study includes successful completion of:
1. 6 units from EDP 400, 419, 420, 519, 520, 595, or ETEC 623 (chosen in consultation with advisor)
2. Science Education core courses: SCED 550, 551, 552, 697
3. Science courses: SCED 500, 501, 502.
4. Thesis/Project: SCED 698

 

Option in Secondary Science Education (code SCEDMS02)


The Option in Secondary Science Education is aimed at teachers currently holding a Single Subject credential in Science. Graduate students enrolled in this option complete 9 units of graduate coursework in a Science discipline. The option is ideal for teachers interested in broadening their backgrounds in both Science and Science Education.

Students completing this option will be prepared to assume positions of greater science leadership at their schools or districts, or go on to further graduate study in science education.

Requirements

The program of study includes successful completion of:
1. 6 units from EDP 400, 419, 420, 519, 520, 595, or ETEC 623 (chosen in consultation with advisor)
2. Science Education core courses: SCED 550, 551, 552, 697
3. Science courses: 9 units of graduate level Science (chosen in consultation with advisor)
4. Thesis/Project: SCED 698.

 

Option in Informal Science Education (SCEDMS03)


The option in Informal Science Education is aimed at educators currently working in non-classroom settings such as museums, zoos, and nature centers, as well as those charged with fostering the public understanding of science. Graduates enrolled in this program will strengthen their understanding of science, gain a deeper conception of the objectives and theories of science education, and examine the contexts of learning beyond the traditional classroom. This option is ideal for informal educators who wish to better understand and facilitate the learning that occurs within their institution. Students completing this option will be prepared to assume positions of greater science leadership within their institutions, or go on to further graduate study in science education.

Prerequisites

In addition to the prerequisites for entrance into CSULB as a graduate student stated in this Catalog under Graduate Degrees and Post Baccalaureate Studies, the Science Education department requires:
• California Multiple Subject or science teaching credential, or the equivalent*;
• GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 units of study completed.
* Those students participating in the informal science option may substitute one or more years experience working as an educator in an informal learning setting; a letter of support is required.

Students are expected to exhibit high standards of writing proficiency. Students missing any admission criteria may only be admitted after receiving the approval of a department graduate faculty committee.

Program of Study

The program of study (33 units) includes the successful completion of:
• Science Education core courses: SCED 550, 551, 552, 553, 697
• 6 units of science courses from: SCED 500, 501, 502, or other graduate-level science courses chosen in consultation with advisor
• 3 units research methodology from: EDP 520, REC 696, in consultation with advisor
• 3 units non-profit management or other practitioner-related course from: REC 528, 521, in consultation with advisor
• 3 units elective, chosen in consultation with advisor
• SCED 698, Thesis

Advancement to Candidacy

The regulations governing the master's degree are those in effect at the time of advancement to candidacy.

1. A student must be designated as a Classified Student in good standing prior to advancing to candidacy.
2. A student must satisfy the general requirements of the University, including fulfilling the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirements (GWAR).
3. The student’s M.S. program must be approved by a faculty graduate advisor, the Department Graduate Advisor and the Department Chair before submission to the Associate Dean for Graduate Accountability in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
4. Advancement to candidacy may take place upon satisfactory completion of six units in the M.S. program. A student must have been advanced to candidacy before initiating formal thesis research necessary to complete the M.S. degree.