2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    Jul 21, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [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 Teacher Licensure or Certification

This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.