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Science Education

Science Education

Science Education M. Ed.

The Science Education graduate programs at the University of Oklahoma prepare students to continue and expand on their work as teachers of science at a variety of levels including PK-12 school systems and higher education as well as to develop their abilities in making scholarly contributions to the field of science education.

Designed to build on the experiences of PK-12 science teachers, the program explores ways to teach science in authentic and meaningful ways through the utilization of three-dimensional teaching and learning. The program also accommodates adult learners seeking certification in the sciences and experienced practitioners interested in teaching college-level science. Recent graduates of our graduate programs teach science at all grade levels (PK-20), work as curriculum developers, serve as curriculum directors for their local school districts, work as professional development experts, and are on faculty as science educators at universities throughout the world. Science education continues to be a high-need area and, as such, graduates from this program are in high-demand at both the PK-12 school level and in higher education.



The M.Ed. program is designed for students with present and/or prospective positions in colleges and universities, public schools, and other education‑related agencies. The program is directed at the development of scholarly expertise in the field of science education and is intended to serve individuals who have promise of making contributions to the field.

All master’s students are expected to follow the policies and procedures of the Graduate College, as outlined in the Graduate College Bulletin. In addition, the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum has developed its own requirements that are unique to this department and that support the requirements of the Graduate College.

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work.
  2. Submission of a written statement of career goals addressing (a) your goals/plans for your degree program and (b) your goals/plans for your career in science education.
  3. An initial interview with the science education program faculty to discuss the application and to describe the general structure of the program.

Application materials include the application to the Graduate College, all transcripts, Graduate Record Examination scores, and goals statement. When all materials are received in the ILAC office, they are sent in their entirety to the science education program faculty. After reviewing the application packet, the faculty may schedule an interview with the applicant. The science education faculty makes a recommendation regarding admission to the Graduate College and returns all materials to the ILAC office where they are checked for completeness and relayed to the Graduate College for an official admission decision. Graduate students who choose to change their program area after being admitted to ILAC must apply to the other program area and follow the appropriate admission procedures.

Typical Program of Study

CORE: 12 hours

  • Studies in Teaching and Learning (3 hours)
  • Studies in Cultural Diversity (3 hours)
  • Research (6 hours)

CONCENTRATION: 21-24 hours

  • Science Education (9-12 hours)

Courses are selected based on program criteria and students' professional interests and goals.


  • Thesis (2-3 hours)
    • EDSC 5980 Research for Master’s Thesis
  • Non-Thesis (0-3 hours)
    • EDUC 6930 Intensive Studies in Education

Visit the OU Course Catalog for course descriptions

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