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Upgrade your teacher certification in the field of science and enhance your approach to instruction with the MEd in Science Education. Informed by current research and state and national standards, our program emphasizes curriculum and teaching practices.

Consider this program if you currently hold T-4 certification and seek to advance your career. Our program allows you to earn an upgrade to advanced level T-5 certification, which will reflect your status as a master's-level professional.

Students in the MEd program are almost always part-time due to their careers as full-time teachers. This gives you the opportunity to learn from the professional experience of your classmates as well as form relationships with future colleagues.

Program Highlights

  1. Earn an upgrade to advanced-level certification
  2. Develop a portfolio to demonstrate your mastery of NSTA standards
  3. Designed for experienced, full-time teachers

Deadline to Apply

Refer to the UGA Graduate School deadlines

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Faculty and Curriculum

As a graduate student, you will take courses in educational research, teaching strategies, curriculum, integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and other science education-related topics, with special attention to the psychological and social foundations of education.

To take part in the MEd program, you should already hold a clear, renewable T-4 teacher certificate. If you wish to earn initial certification as part of a master's program, consider enrolling instead in the MAT program.

You will complete 36 semester credit hours to earn your MEd. Coursework typically includes:

  • Science content courses
  • Curriculum and Instruction, primarily in science education
  • Educational foundations courses
  • Educational research
  • Electives that you select in consultation with your major professor

In addition, you will develop a portfolio that serves as a formal comprehensive examination for the degree. This portfolio allows you to demonstrate your advanced-level mastery of the science teacher preparation standards of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Tuition and Financial Aid

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.

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Meet Your Advisor

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.

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Student Life

The schedule of the program allows you to continue pursuing your teaching career while advancing your knowledge of the field.

The professional experiences of your fellow students lend great richness and relevance to peer discussions. You may also choose to join the National Science Teachers Association and the Georgia Science Teachers Association.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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