Masters of Science Teaching General Science Program
The Master of Science Teaching (MST) in General Science Program is an education research based program designed to immerse students in the current science teaching pedagogy and instructional practice. Students complete a research based thesis or project with support from faculty and community partners.
The degree requires a total of 45 graduate level credits distributed in the following manor:
|Core Courses – (Required)|
|Teaching Inquiry and Engineering Design (SCI 511, Fall Term)||4 credits|
|Science Education Research (SCI 512, Winter Term)||4 credits|
|Assessment in Science Education (513, Spring Term)||4 credits|
|MST Thesis Research (SCI 503, Fall, Winter, Spring)||6 credits|
|MST Seminar (SCI 507, Fall, Winter, Spring)||3 credits|
|Practicum (SCI 509, Fall Winter Spring)||3 credits|
|Total Core Courses||24 credits|
|Graduate Science Courses – Electives||6-12 credits|
|(BI, CH, PH, CS, ECE, ESM, G, SCI, GEOG, MTH, STAT)|
|Graduate Education Courses –Electives||9-15 credits|
|(ED, CI, SPED, ELP)|
An important element of this program is the thesis research practicum. Students are matched with a community partner involved with either a formal (school) or informal (nature center, museum, out of school) science education program for nine months from September through June. They work with this partner to support program delivery and assessment for 15 – 20 hours per week. The thesis research question is developed to support assessment of the partner program. This assessment is aligned with the Portland Metropolitan STEM Partnership Common Measures. Students can apply to receive a $9,000 stipend for their practicum activities. The department is presently funding 7 research stipends per year.