MST Program Coursework
MST Thesis: The MST degree requires a masters thesis. This is to be a piece of research in the field of science education on a topic of mutual interest to the student and the student's advisor. The purpose of the thesis is to synthesize different elements of the student's coursework, to develop communication and presentation skills required for professional work and to demonstrate an understanding of research design and methodology. Students may take more than six thesis credits but only six apply towards the MST degree. Recent student research projects include "Wetlands Education as a Service Learning Opportunity" and "Science Education for At-risk Youth Performing Non-native Invasive Plant Recognition and Removal at a Regional Park."
The CSE sponsors a research conference each year where students present their research and participate in research workshops that are specifically designed in response to the needs articulated by the students, advisors and Affinity Group leaders.
Course Work: A minimum of 45 credits are required to graduate with an MST degree. (12 of these credits can come from the GTEP Program.)
For those entering the Preservice GTEP program in preparation to teach secondary level science, it is recommended that students meet with the science department endorsement advisor to assess what courses are needed to earn the appropriate endorsement. Secondary level Science endorsement course requirements are listed in the PSU Bulletin under each of the science departments and Stephanie Wagner is available to help you to figure out which endorsement advisor to visit. The Integrated Sciences endorsement requirements are posted in the Geology section of the PSU Bulletin. In some cases it is possible to make adjustments to the proscribed endorsement course plan by working closely with the science department endorsement advisor. It is also recommended that all GTEP applicants meet with a GTEP cohort advisor to learn about the program and discuss what pre-requisites are necessary to qualify for the program. Acceptance to the MST program does not guarantee acceptance to the MST or GTEP so it is critically important that students establish contact with faculty from both programs to ensure good communication in preparation for submitting a strong application.