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Graduate Programs in Science Education

 

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.

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work.
  2. Submission of all Graduate Record Examination scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytic) five years old or less.
  3. 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. The statement should be typed, double-spaced, and one to two pages in length.  At the top of the page, include your name, student ID number, and Science Education concentration.  Statements should be sent to the Graduate Secretary at the address below, or emailed to lcrussel@ou.edu
  4. An initial interview with the science education program faculty to discuss the application and to describe the general structure of the program.

Admission Process

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)          
EDSC 5523 The Science of Learning Theories
Studies in Cultural Diversity (3 hours)          
Research (6 hours)

EDSC 6533 Research Paradigms for Scientific Investigations 
Elective in the area of the thesis or non-thesis

CONCENTRATION: 21-24 hours

Science Education (9-12 hours)
EDSC 5513 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools
EDSC 5533 Advanced Methods in Science Teaching
EDSC 5543 The Elementary School Science Curriculum
Electives
Natural Science and/or History of Science (9-12 hours)

Electives

CULMINATING EXPERIENCE: 0-3 hours

Thesis (2-3 hours)
EDSC 5980 Research for Master’s Thesis
Non-Thesis (0-3 hours)

EDSC 5972 Pre-Master’s Seminar or
EDUC 6930 Intensive Studies in Education

Visit the OU Course Catalog for course descriptions.

Please see “Information for Master’s Degree Students” in the Graduate College Bulletin for additional information.

The Ph.D. 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 doctoral 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.

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in graduate work.
  2. Three letters of recommendation.
  3. Submission of all Graduate Record Examination scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytic) five years old or less.
  4. Submission of a sample of written work, such as a research paper, master’s thesis, seminar paper, or published article.
  5. Submission of a written goal statement briefly discussing the applicant's background and professional purpose for entering the program.
  6. An initial interview with the science education program faculty to discuss the application and to describe the general structure of the program.

Admission Process

Application materials include the application to the Graduate College, all transcripts, letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination scores, sample of written work, and goal 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: 24 hours (minimum)
ILAC 6013 Proseminar in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum
ILAC 6023 Theoretical Issues in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum
ILAC 6003 Curriculum Theory
ILAC 5233 Understanding Different Cultures

Research Methodologies (12 hours minimum)
One quantitative research course
One qualitative research course
One mixed methods research course
At least one additional research course in one or more research paradigms

CONCENTRATION: 36 hours (minimum)

Courses are selected based on program criteria and students' professional interests and goals. Programs of study must be approved by the advisor and members of the doctoral committee. 

Science Education (18 hours minimum)
EDSC 5513 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools
EDSC 5523 The Science of Learning Theories
EDSC 5533 Advanced Methods in Science Teaching
EDSC 5543 The Elementary School Science Curriculum
EDSC 6960 Directed Readings (maximum 6 hours)
EDSC 6990 Individual Study in Education (maximum 8 hours)
Electives
Natural Science and/or History of Science (18 hours minimum)

Electives

ELECTIVES: 12 hours (maximum)

Electives allow the student and advisor some flexibility in including coursework that either (1) extends the number of hours in areas such as research methodology, but does not include dissertation hours, or (2) includes previously taken graduate course hours that do not fit existing categories. Courses will be selected based on the students' professional interests and goals and approved by the advisor and doctoral committee.

DISSERTATION: 9-12 hours
EDSC 6980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation

TOTAL HOURS: 90 hours beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Visit the Course Catalog for course descriptions.

Please see “Information for Doctoral Students” in the Graduate College Bulletin for additional information.