This is a research-oriented degree that may be pursued by any student interested in studying issues in science education at the graduate level, whether or not holding science teacher certification. The degree does not qualify you for initial certification or an upgrade of existing certification. It consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit, including a thesis.
Science education at the University of Georgia College of Education emphasizes curriculum and teaching practices from the most current research, aligning closely with state and national standards, including those established by the National Science Teachers Association and the Next Generation Science Standards.
As a student in this master's program, you will take courses in educational research, teaching strategies, curriculum, integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and other science education-related topics, in addition to graduate-level courses in your primary science content field. With permission of your instructor, you may take doctoral-level courses in science education.
You may take most of your science education courses in the evening or during the summer, with some available online. Or, choose courses that may be offered during the academic year during the day. The capstone requirement for the degree is a thesis, the result of an original research project related to your interests.
UGA has one of the largest and most respected groups of science education faculty in the world, made up of nationally and internationally prominent researchers.
Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.
Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.
Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.
Students are nearly always full-time and come from a variety of backgrounds. Because it is not a cohort-based program, the degree is set up to allow flexibility in timing and topics. The core of the program is the research mentoring relationship between the student and a major professor.
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