Master’s in Science Education (M.S., Ed.S.)
Science educators work in schools, museums, zoos and other centers inspiring new generations to understand the value of science and its impact in our lives. The master’s in science education at Florida Tech develops teachers for careers in the classroom, as educators in informal science education programs or to continue their studies to earn an Ed.S or Ph.D. in science education. Through advanced content, new teaching methods and research, graduates gain advanced skills on the instruction of complex scientific concepts.
The education faculty has a wide range of experience in science education from elementary through post-secondary teaching including biology, physics and environmental science. Students earning a master’s in science education at Florida Tech experience a small student-to-teacher ratio where professors mentor them in a close-knit learning environment. The faculty are nationally recognized researchers who are active in educational research, publishing hundred of articles in top industry journals.
Flexible Schedule For Working Professionals
Florida Tech accommodates the schedules of teaching professionals by offering classes in the evening or the summer. The academic environment in the master’s in science education program is challenging, but also supportive, providing flexibility for graduates to tailor research projects and elective courses around what interests them most for the career path they desire. Florida Tech’s internationally diverse student body provides many opportunities for students to collaborate and form long-lasting professional friendships.
Florida Tech is known as a leading research university committed to providing real-world learning experiences. Faculty in the master’s in science education program work alongside students as they design research projects and evaluate their results. Graduates can choose thesis and non-thesis research topics to match their preferred study curriculum. Students have the opportunity to present research at the National Science Teachers Association, Southern Association for Science Teacher Education and National Association for Research in Science Teaching annual meetings. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities in the F. W. Olin Physical Sciences Center (and Instrumentation Center) and the F.W. Olin Life Sciences Building.
Students looking to advance their science education expertise and continue their 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 science education find rewarding careers as science teachers in formal classroom settings as well as educational careers in other settings such as zoos, aquariums, national parks, reserves, etc. Graduates also become principals of charter schools, science lab program coordinators or subject matter experts who develop teacher professional development programs.