Master of Arts Science Education (5-9)
Our online master’s in science education will help you reach the next level of your profession. The M.A. in Science Education (5-9) prepares you to teach middle school general science. You will become a highly qualified middle school science teacher with the science knowledge and teaching skills to mold the minds of the next generation.
The M.A. in Science Education program prepares a student to receive a Middle School Science, 6-8 certification in the state of Tennessee. Click here for additional details about Tennessee licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Licensed teachers with a bachelor’s degree who wish to earn middle-level certification in general science as well as a master’s degree.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our science education program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. This online master's degree program in science education requires the completion of coursework to ensure you have the essential skills and knowledge to teach middle school general science, as well as completion of a teacher work sample. The M.A. in Science is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
General Science Content
Home Science Lab
This program also includes a home science lab. The self-contained laboratory kit includes the lab manual, science equipment, specimens, supplies, and chemicals necessary to complete college lab experiments at home.
Teacher Work Sample and Oral Defense
The final master's exam will include:
- Teacher Work Sample: A written project containing a comprehensive, original, research based curriculum unit designed to meet an identified educational need. It provides direct evidence of the candidate’s ability to design and implement a multi-week, standards-based unit of instruction, assess student learning, and then reflect on the learning process.
- Oral Defense: This exam may be face-to-face when possible but will most likely be done through a telephone conference. The oral defense will include a presentation (typically PowerPoint) and defense of the Teacher Work Sample (TWS). Candidates will be asked to reflect upon the TWS, note its strengths and weaknesses, discuss its impact on student learning, and suggest future improvements.