2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) 
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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science (Grades K–8) - MS in Education

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This 30-semester-credit specialization is designed to help teachers improve science content skills and at the same time learn best science teaching practices, such as inquiry and discovery learning. The program is aligned with standards from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for the core educational courses and with standards from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Science Education Standards (NSES), which call for inquiry-based learning. The use of both real and virtual laboratory experiences enables participants to simultaneously learn content and pedagogy.

Participants engage in scientific investigations to extend their understanding of concepts and skills, rethink teaching and assessment strategies, and try ideas in their own classrooms. In essence, the laboratory experiences compose a built-in practicum. The program, using precepts from the American Academy for the Advancement of Science Project 2061, delivers a cutting-edge approach to meet the needs of teachers who are teaching science in grades K-8, allowing them to become competent and comfortable in delivering high quality science instruction to their students. The program integrates aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into each science course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Convey the major concepts, principles, theories, laws, and interrelationships of biology and supporting fields.
  2. Convey the major concepts, principles, theories, laws, and interrelationships of earth and space science and supporting fields.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
  • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 5 semesters enrollment

Specialization Curriculum

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure. 

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.