Science Education (MA)

The University of Northern Iowa offers many of the courses required for the Master of Arts in Science Education via distance learning to teacher cohorts. This program integrates theory, application and content, allowing K–12 teachers to update pedagogy as well as add endorsement areas to their teaching licenses or update content knowledge in their specialty areas. Learn how to teach science in a way that helps students construct their knowledge within an inquiry framework. "Techniques for Science Teachers" courses vary from semester to semester, sometimes focusing on pedagogy and sometimes offering one-hour updates on content.

Learn more about the UNI Science Education graduate program

New cohort program to begin Summer 2017, with optional jump start Spring 2017

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Program highlights

  • Designed for practicing K-12 science teachers, you have the option of an emphasis in Physics or Earth Science; or you may find that a structure with no subject-specific emphasis fits your needs best.
  • Most students in the program are teacher practitioners. While teacher licensure is not required for program acceptance, students without a current teaching license are strongly encouraged to complete the requirements for licensure concurrently with their degree.
  • Learn from the same UNI faculty who teach the on-campus programs, including Kyle Gray, recent recipient of the Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award from the Geoscience Education Division of the Geological Society of America.
  • This program builds a strong foundation in science content knowledge to complement research-based pedagogical practices. Students in the cohort will also be apprised of opportunities to earn credits toward endorsements in Earth science, physics, biology and chemistry.
  • Graduates are prepared to continue on in the classroom as highly qualified practitioners. Many also continue with additional education, move into administration, Area Education Agencies or a state agency as science consultants or other leadership positions. Several have become National Board certified teachers. Many are professionally active in state science teaching organizations and conferences.

Convenient format and delivery

Designed for in-service teachers, the program format and schedule provides the convenience and flexibility to fit into your busy life. Using a cohort model, groups of students complete the core coursework together over a two-year period. Additional electives are taken concurrently or in subsequent semesters in order to complete the program. It is not recommended that full-time teachers take more than 3 credits of graduate coursework per semester during the academic year. Consequently, this is a part-time program with an average time to completion of 4 years. View the Program Schedule for more course delivery information. 

Distance education
Courses in this program are offered Wednesday evenings via interactive video conferencing methods. Courses are supported online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. Core courses also use a blended approach, with in-person instruction required at least once per course. Depending on chosen electives, summer sessions may also require attendance on the UNI campus or Lakeside Laboratory in northwest Iowa. A required orientation session is scheduled on the UNI campus Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.

What students are saying

"The MA in Science Education program at UNI is truly a quality program. This is not the kind of program where you just take a list of classes and get your diploma. They challenge and inspire your thinking so you truly become a better person and professional."

"My class work inspired me to reach out and get involved in science in many different directions."

"I have really grown as an educator and as a person from the wonderful experiences I have had (and will continue to have)! I had the amazing opportunity to be involved in a two-week internship at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas."