Science Education

The Master of Education program in Science Education is designed for candidates who are already licensed to teach science or do not wish to be licensed, and who want to deepen their knowledge and skills as formal or informal science educators. The EdM program prepares graduates  for professional responsilibities in designing, teaching, and supervising science programs at the elementary, secondary and college levels. Applicants may be recent college graduates or individuals seeking a career change.

The EdM program is best suited for experienced teachers who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the profession. The 36-credit degree provides ample elective choices for individuals to craft a program of advanced study pertinent to their professional interests.

The School of Education science program integrates science content and pedagogy to prepare graduates to be effective teachers and leaders in science education. The EdM program connects emerging and experienced teachers with up-to-date science content and innovative, diverse pedagogy. We challenge our students to develop and practice in ways that will engage their students in the learning process, allowing young learners to experience science actively rather than being passive receptacles. Most importantly, we are not afraid to challenge, smile, cajole, criticize, comfort, and grow. Learning comes from a diversity of approaches, and we value the versatile teacher. We work with prospective teachers to promote the value of a responsible, closely-knit learning community determined to make a difference in the lives of children and teenagers. We are particularly concerned with the need to prepare educators to teach the foundations of sound scientific literacy and scientific ways of thinking that will enable their students to make informed decisions with respect to 21st century issues such as climate change, energy distribution, personal health, public health, and responsible stewardship of the planet.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Science Education.
  • Program Duration: One academic year. Duration for part-time students vary.
  • Start Term: You may begin the program during the summer, fall, or spring semester.
  • Licensure: This program does not lead to licensure.
  • Related programs: 16-credit Certificate in Global Ecology Education
  • Faculty Contact Information:  Professor Donald DeRosa,, 617-353-4052
  • Graduate Admissions Contact, 617-353-4237

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.