Online Science/Math Education Program Offers Solution to Teaching Dual Disciplines

Posted: February 6, 2018 10:30:00 AM CST

science math teacherToday’s teachers often see their class assignments change from one subject area to another, requiring both the knowledge and qualifications to teach in multiple disciplines. Teachers need a pathway to prepare for these shifting roles in science and math fields, particularly within smaller school districts. The University of Nebraska at Kearney is helping to address this demand.

UNK’s online Master of Science in Education in Science/Math Education is designed for high school and middle school math and science teachers. The 36-credit-hour program meets new requirements set by the Higher Learning Commission for educators who teach dual credit.

To meet HLC requirements, teachers must hold a master’s degree in a discipline with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the discipline or subfield they teach. The Science/Math Education program can match a major emphasis area (12 credit hours of biology, chemistry, math, or physics/physical science) with electives (6 credit hours) to fulfill dual credit eligibility requirements.

In addition to science and math fields, the program provides expertise in curriculum and instruction to help educators improve their teaching methods within their own classrooms. The program includes professional components such as educational research, curriculum, and pedagogy; academic components, including major emphasis and elective courses; and a capstone course requiring educators to have an in-service teaching assignment (class) in which the capstone project may be applied.

To begin the program, teachers must have a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate with an endorsement in biology, math, chemistry, physics, or a broader science field endorsement.

Learn more about the online M.S.Ed. in Science/Math Education, or contact msedsci@unk.edu.  

By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

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