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Master’s in Science Education Online

Additional Program Offerings

The Master of Arts in Science Education program at Aurora University is offered online or in a hybrid format allowing students to choose the modality that best suits their disctrict’s needs. The hybrid format offers nine courses fully online and four (those indicated with an asterisk) on-ground at our Aurora campus.

This program equips secondary-level science teachers with the science content and pedagogy needed to instill a passion for science in young learners. Participants will increase their general knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) content, as well as biology, chemistry, physical science, and earth and space science. The program will explore teaching methods alongside content knowledge, with coursework demonstrating the interconnected nature of STEM fields. Participants will learn new strategies to work with students in the classroom to meet the Next Generation Science Standards. Courses are designed so that teachers can experiment at home and take these ideas directly to the classroom. The program helps teachers grow to become leaders and advocates for science education in their own schools and districts.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Science Education degree requires 37 semester hours, including one semester hour of required field experience.

Admission Requirements

  • Current teaching certificate/license
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college and/or university (minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale)
  • Prior undergraduate coursework should include one year of biology or a combination of biology and chemistry
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from all previously attended colleges and/or universities


Students nationwide are in an educational deficit, ranking far behind most other developed countries in the fields of math (25) and science (17). School systems across the country are looking to bolster academic achievement levels by hiring qualified, master’s-level educators that specialize in math and science. A Business-Higher Education Forum report suggests that the United States will need an estimated 280,000 math and science teachers by 2015 to become competitive in the global economy.

While overall career growth for post-secondary teachers remains stagnant through the next decade, math and science teachers are seeing tremendous growth as school systems nationwide look to bolster their students’ academic achievement level. Many local and state governments are looking to increase education spending and incentives in the near future for targeted hiring in the math and science areas. Check out more information about the different careers in education.

Course Details

NSM5400 Curriculum Development and Assessment in Mathematics and Science* – 3 hours
NSM5410 Scientific and Engineering Practices – 3 hours
NSM5420 Physical Science I: Matter and Energy – 3 hours
NSM5430 Physical Science II: Forces, Energy and Motion – 3 hours
NSM5440 Hierarchical Organization of Life – from Cells to Organisms – 3 hours
NSM5450 Hierarchical Organization of Life – from Organisms to Ecosystems – 3 hours
NSM5470 The Universe – 3 hours
NSM5900 Field Experience in STEM* – 1 hour
NSM6100 Educational Research in Mathematics and Science I* – 3 hours
NSM6200 Educational Research in Mathematics and Science II* – 3 hours
NSM6410 Exploring Planet Earth – 3 hours
NSM6420 Technology and Instrumentation – 3 hours
NSM6430 Biochemical Applications in Technology – 3 hours

Courses details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.

*These courses are offered online or on-ground at the Aurora campus.

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