EdM in Science Education

Candidates in the Master of Education (EdM) in Science Education have the option of pursuing licensure or customizing a program that is unique to their interests and career goals.

EdM in Science Education: Customized Option

This program is designed for aspiring or current educators who wish to expand their academic content base and teaching talents by becoming informed about the latest research, curricula, methodologies, and theories in science education. This program does not lead to licensure, so it is especially relevant for those who already have an initial license or do not wish to obtain one. The program is tailored to meet students’ needs and will vary depending upon each individual’s background.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the field that connects knowledge of content, teaching practices, student learning, and curriculum.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret research in science education and apply it to the design of teaching materials, including addressing issues of access, equity, and diversity when teaching students science.

Coursework and Requirements (36 credits)

Full-time students can complete the EdM in one academic year. It is also possible to complete the degree over a longer period as a part-time student. A part-time student takes fewer than 12 credits per semester.

Core Coursework (16 cr)

  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • Three courses in Curriculum and Teaching (12 cr)

Elective Coursework (20 cr)

Students select courses with emphasis on science content and science pedagogy for a total of 20 credits. Elective coursework is chosen in consultation with an academic advisor. Electives may include science courses at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

EdM in Science Education: Licensure Option

Individuals seeking an Initial Massachusetts Teaching License in biology, chemistry, general science, or physics can complete a graduate certificate program (educator licensure) as part of the EdM and receive both a master of education degree and endorsement for Massachusetts teaching certification.

Full-time students can complete the EdM with licensure program in one summer and two academic year semesters. It is also possible to complete the degree over a longer period as a part-time student. A part-time student takes fewer than 12 credits per semester.