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Masters of Science Teaching General Science Program

Masters of Science Teaching in 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)  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

The program is administered with flexible guidelines that allow students to tailor their studies to meet their personal needs.  Students interested in also receiving a teaching license can apply up to 15 credits toward both a teaching license and the MST degree.  This is not a teaching licensure program, but participants can work successfully to complete both a teaching license and a MST degree.
 

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.

Information on the graduate admission process can be found at this link: Graduate Application Information.
For more information about departmental requirements and practicum stipends, contact: Stephanie Wagner (stwagner@pdx.edu ).