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Science Education K-8, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Brookfield, IL, United States
The M.Ed. in Science is intended to help certified K-8 teachers increase their knowledge and understanding of science content (physical, earth, space, life science) as well as the pedagogy appropriate for teaching science in the K-8 classroom. 
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The mission of the UAS Graduate Studies Program is to help students develop intellectual breadth and the specialized training necessary for careers in teaching, administration and public policy.

The problems facing Alaska and the Nation require both knowledge and new ways of using knowledge to meet current challenges. The graduate programs at UAS consist of discipline specific course sequences, seminars, independent studies, and research investigations differing significantly from the undergraduate experience. 

The program is fully aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards but is designed specifically for Alaskan schools with the inclusion of students with special needs and the celebration of Alaska’s rich and unique cultural and natural history. The themes of inquiry and place-based learning form the foundation for the program. Blended learning and the flipped classroom round out the pedagogy. Technology tools for differentiating instruction through simulations and virtual labs are emphasized.

Candidates must prepare an exit portfolio, demonstrating competency in the nine outcomes of the School of Education (i.e. philosophy, development, diversity, content, student learning, learning environment, professionalism, technology). The M.Ed. Science Education K-8 program is not an initial teacher certification program. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • The Impact of Technology on Student Learning 
  • Differentiating Instruction Through Technology 
  • Educational Technology Leadership 
  • Mathematical Problem Solving for K-8 Teachers 
  • Physics Content for K-8 Teachers 
  • Chemistry Content for K-8 Teachers 
  • Earth and Space Science Content for K-8 Teachers 
  • Life Science Content for K-8 Teachers 
  • Great Ideas in Science 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A completed graduate application and $60 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official academic transcript indicating a baccalaureate degree
  • Two recommendations addressing professional dispositions on specific forms provided by the UAS School of Education
  • Statement of Professional Objectives. This is a 2-3 page typewritten and double spaced formal paper containing a summary of educational experience, a description of professional goals related to what is needed to teach students in Alaska and beyond, and a statement of how the program for advanced teaching candidates might help in attaining those goals.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34272 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17136 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8388 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Brookfield

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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