Master of Education in Science Education

Boston University’s Master of Education (EdM) for Science Education is designed for candidates who want to deepen their knowledge and skills as formal or informal science educators. Our curriculum integrates science content and pedagogy to prepare graduates to be effective teachers and leaders in science education by connecting emerging and experienced teachers with up-to-date science content and innovative pedagogy. We prepare graduates for professional responsibilities in designing, teaching, and supervising science programs at the elementary, secondary, and college levels.

We seek to prepare leaders in science education who apply a deep understanding of learning theory, pedagogy, and educational contexts that shape opportunities for young people to engage in science, develop scientific identities, and become scientifically literate citizens. 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.

Master of Education in Science Education with Teaching Licensure

Individuals seeking an Initial Massachusetts Teaching License in biology, chemistry, general science, or physics can complete a graduate certificate program as part of the EdM and receive both a Master of Education degree and teaching certification. Note that an EdM with Teaching licensure differs from our MAT program in that the MAT program provides candidates with the subject matter knowledge courses necessary for professional licensure. For more information about teacher licensure, visit the Information for Licensure section of our website.

Our program:

  • Is led by an expert faculty who work closely with students.
  • Uses a multi-disciplinary approach to create a curriculum that equally emphasizes theory and practice.
  • Offers a substantial degree of program individualization to best reflect each student’s interests, background, and needs.
  • Prepares graduates for a variety of career opportunities in designing, teaching, and supervising science programs.

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.

Faculty Contact Information: Dr. Donald DeRosa,, 617-353-4052
Graduate Admissions:, 617-353-4237

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