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Science Education

Making science relevant and interesting for K-12 students is key to improving student engagement and success in the classroom. In addition, experts in science education are critical to the preparation of students for the undersupplied and competitive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professions.

As a result, teachers with graduate level studies in science and science education are in high demand in the elementary and secondary environments. An abundance of new job opportunities are expected to be available for the next 10 years that range "from good to excellent" (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012).

The graduate degree in Science Education equips teachers with an advanced and integrated knowledge of the physical and life sciences, and promotes essential models of teaching that improve curriculum development and create more positive learning outcomes in young students.

Degree Requirements (30 units)

Semester I (6 units)
Contemporary Issues, Leadership & Worldviews (3)
Drugs and Man: Addictive & Therapeutic Chemicals (3)

Semester II (6 units)
Curriculum Theory and Development (3)
Environments and Conservation Biology (3)

Semester III (6 units)
Introduction to Educational Research (3)
Current Topics in Marine Science (3)

Semester IV (6 units)
Models of Teaching and Learning (3)
Forensic Science in the Classroom (3)

Semester V (6 units)
Ornithology: Birds in Flight and Flock (3)
Insects and Their Impact in California (3)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the physical and life sciences
  • Evaluate contemporary science and science education issues
  • Evaluate effective principles for improving science curriculum and instruction