Master’s in Elementary Science Education (M. Ed.)
The master’s in elementary science education at Florida Tech is designed for elementary school teachers interested in advancing their teaching expertise to further engage students in the study of science.
The program focuses on combining science content and the teaching methods appropriate for elementary level school children along with educational theory and research. Teachers gain enhanced skills on the instruction of complex scientific concepts to young students and help instill a life-long interest in science.
The education faculty has a wide range of elementary, middle, secondary and post-secondary experience in a variety of educational subject areas. Students earning a master’s in elementary science education experience a small student-to-teacher ratio where professors mentor them to succeed. Faculty members are active in educational research, consistently publish in top-tier journals and encourage students to do the same. With hundreds of published research papers, books and 10,000 citations, the faculty is nationally recognized researchers providing major contributions to their field.
Florida Tech accommodates the schedules of teaching professionals by offering classes in the evening. The academic environment is challenging and supportive, providing flexibility for students to design course projects and elective courses around what interests them most. Earning a master’s in elementary science education gives graduates advanced knowledge of the latest teaching and learning methodologies. Florida Tech’s internationally diverse student body provides many opportunities for students to collaborate and form long-lasting professional friendships.
Florida Tech is a leading research university committed to providing real-world learning experiences. Working alongside department faculty, students design, conduct and report a research project or case study that pertains to their own (or another) classroom. While earning a master’s in elementary science education, graduates use new learning materials while discovering new content organization methods for the classroom. Students can explore professional opportunities with the National Science Teachers Association, National Educators Association and North America Association for Environmental Education (and their state affiliates). Non-thesis and case study research topics are available.
Students looking to advance their science education expertise and conduct advance research can pursue a doctoral program to earn an Ed.S. or Ph.D. in science education. For full-time doctoral graduate research assistants, full-pay scholarships are available.
Graduates with a master’s in elementary science education find rewarding careers as science and general education teachers in formal elementary classroom settings. Graduates also become principals of charter schools, science lab program coordinators or subject matter experts that provide expertise for teacher professional development programs. Science educators are found in science institutions that serve elementary teachers and students, such as museums, zoos, aquariums, national parks and reserves.