Natural Science 7-12, M.S. Ed

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Requirements


Departmental Requirements for Admission to the Program without Deficiencies:

  • An undergraduate major in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics or related science with requisite evidence of training and motivation necessary to succeed in graduate study.

  • Appropriate supporting science background to include math and cognate science courses

  • Candidates must have an initial certification to teach biology, chemistry, earth science or physics in the secondary schools of New York State, or equivalent preparation.

  • Letters of Recommendation: Candidates are strongly encouraged to provide at least one recommendation letter from an academic source (e.g., college professor) in order to attest to their ability to succeed in graduate studies.

  • GRE Scores

Contacts


Dr. Holly Lawson
Program Coordinator
Holly.Lawson@fredonia.edu

Department of Science Education Website

The Science Education Partnership and the natural science departments offer a program leading to the Master of Science in Education: Natural Science 7-12 and includes professional certification for the following titles:

Biology 7-12 
Chemistry 7-12 
Earth Science 7-12 
Physics 7-12


Program Outline

Foundations of Education (9 hrs)

EDU 570 Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction 
EDU 514 Assessment and Intruction of Diverse Learners I
One EDU course upon advisement

Content Study and Content Linked Pedagogy (21 hrs)

Candidates can take course in BIOL, CHEM, GEO, PHYS, SCI or SCED under department advisement from 500-600 level courses in area of certification.  These courses may be lecture, field study or research based.

Content Linked Pedagogy Courses (12 hrs)

  • Six hours of courses that link content and pedagogy in BIOL, CHEM, GEO, PHYS, SCI or SCED from the list below.  These are courses that have been developed collaboratively between science content and education faculty and are intended to present NYS science content and its instruction in adolescence grades. 
  • Seminar* (3hrs) This will include student presentations, guest lectures and group discussions.  Candidates will enroll in seminar for three semesters
  • Graduate Thesis Project* - SCED 690 (3hrs)
    • Action Research Field Study in Science Learning.
      • Research Proposal – for this project will be presented to the candidate’s graduate committee upon completion of EDU 570.

Content Courses (9 hrs) – from BIOL, CHEM, GEO, PHYS, SCI upon advisement

For Biology Certification Area (choose 6 credit hours)
BIOL 510 - Tropical Biology
BIOL 690 Thesis Research
BIOL450 - Plant Taxonomy
EDU 516 – Improving Ed. Outcomes: Working with Children & Families from Poverty
EDU 542 – Evidence-Based Practices for Inclusive Settings
EDU 580 – Teaching Grades 7-12
SCED 510 - Nature in the School Curriculum,
SCED 511 - Teaming with Nature,
SCED 512 - Vernal Pools
SCED 591- Special Topics in Science Education
Plus SCED 600 – Seminar (1 crh x 3 semesters) and SCED 690 – Graduate Thesis Project (3 crh)

For Chemistry Certification Area (6 credit hours)
CHEM 530 Understanding Chemistry
CHEM 573 Chemistry and the Environment
CHEM 581 Special Topics in Chemistry
CHEM 690 Independent Study
CHEM 690 Independent Study
CHEM 691 Research I
CHEM 692 Research II
CHEM 693 Research III
CHEM 694 Research IV
EDU 516 – Improving Ed. Outcomes: Working with Children and Families from Poverty
EDU 542 – Evidence-Based Practices for Inclusive Settings
EDU 580 – Teaching Grades 7-12
SCED 591- Special Topics in Science Education
Plus SCED 600 – Seminar (1 crh x 3 semesters) and SCED 690 – Graduate Thesis Project (3 crh)

For Earth Science Certification Area (6 credit hours)
EDU 516 – Improving Ed. Outcomes: Working with Children and Families from Poverty
EDU 542 – Evidence-Based Practices for Inclusive Settings
EDU 580 – Teaching Grades 7-12
GEO 505 - Earth Science of Chautauqua County
GEO 590 Independent Study
GEO 610 Independent Research
GEO 615 Independent Research
SCED 540 - The Earth in Space
SCED 591- Special Topics in Science Education
Plus SCED 600 – Seminar (1 crh x 3 semesters) and SCED 690 – Graduate Thesis Project (3 crh)

For Physics Certification Area (6 credit hours)
EDU 516 – Improving Ed. Outcomes: Working with Children and Families from Poverty
EDU 542 – Evidence-Based Practices for Inclusive Settings
EDU 580 – Teaching Grades 7-12
PHYS 570 - Special Topics
PHYS 690  Research
PHYS 691 Research
SCED 541- Electricity & Magnetism
SCED 542 - Light & Color
SCED 543 - Moving Objects
SCED 544 - Properties of Matter
SCED 591- Special Topics in Science Education
Plus SCED 600 – Seminar (1 crh x 3 semesters) and SCED 690 – Graduate Thesis Project (3 cr)

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 30

Graduate Studies Office

E230A Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3808
(716) 673-3712 fax