Master's in Science Education Program

The MA in Science Education is a flexible program designed for K-12 teachers involved or interested in science education, and for science educators and specialists working in informal or outdoor education. The curriculum is designed to augment and broaden an educator’s background in science content as well as increase academic proficiency and professional competence in science education pedagogy.

Beginning in Fall 2010, qualified students who have earned a multiple or single subject credential at San Jose State University may apply up to 9 units of select credential coursework from SJSU’s College of Education and 3 units of select credential coursework from SJSU’s College of Science to the MA Science Education degree. An additional 6 units completed post-graduate may also be applied to the MA Science Education at the discretion of the student's project or thesis director. Students who transfer units into the program can complete the degree in two to four semesters.  

The Science Education Program's Graduate Advisor is Dr. Cassandra Paul. You can reach her at cassandra.paul@sjsu.edu


Applying for our graduate program:

See our Science Education Master’s Program Application page: 
http://www.sjsu.edu/scied/apply/masters/index.html

Course Work & Tracks:

Students enrolled in the Master’s program should discuss their course interests and constraints with their faculty advisor and the Science Education Program graduate coordinator (currently: Cassandra Paul Cassandra.paul@sjsu.edu). The program is flexible, but students enrolled in the Science Education Master’s program are encouraged to follow one of the following two tracks:

 

Science Education example track #1: PART TIME tuition, 30 unit program total.

Year 1

Fall

SCED 173 (3)*

Spring

SCI 285 (3)

 

Elective    (3)

 

Elective (3)

Year 2

Fall

SCI 220 (3)*

Spring

SCI 205 (3)*

 

SCI 298 (1)*

 

SCI 298 (1)

Year 3

Fall

SCI 255 (3)

Spring

Elective (3)

 

SCI 298 (2)

 

SCI 298  (2)

Notes: SCI 220, SCI 205 and 6 units of 298 are required.
Project Proposal due at end year 2, Project completed and culminating experience fulfilled by end of year 3.

 

Example #2: Transfer in with SJSU Credential: part-time, 12 units transfer in w/ 3 being from SCED 173

Year 1

NOTE CREDENTIAL UNITS HAVE 7-YEAR EXPIRATION DATE

Fall

SCI 220 (3)*

Spring

SCI 205 (3)*

 

SCI 298 (1)*

 

SCI 298 (1)

Year 2

Fall

SCI 255 (3)

Spring

SCED 285 (3)

 

SCI 298 (2)

 

SCI 298 (2)

Notes: SCI 220, SCI 205 and 6 units of 298 are required. So is SCED 173, which is a credential program requirement.
Project Proposal due at end of year one, Project completed and culminating experience fulfilled by end of year 2.

 

Elective courses require the approval of the graduate coordinator and should either enhance the student’s science content knowledge (courses through the College of Science), or educational background (Courses through the College of Education).

Science Education Master’s course work rules:

  • At least 15 of the units must be at the 200 level. Most students take the full 6 units of SCI 298 or 299 and the required SCI 220
  • No more than 40% of your units can be non-graded (Credit/No Credit)
  • Students are limited to 9 units from outside the College of Science (COS). 

Course Descriptions

Descriptions of all of our courses can be found here: http://www.sjsu.edu/scied/academic_programs/courses/index.html

Electives

Discuss these options with your faculty adviser and the graduate coordinator. (A list of approved courses coming soon.)

Choosing a Faculty Advisor and a Committee

All Science Education Masters students must have a faculty adviser. Your faculty adviser will help you shape your master’s project, give you feedback along the way, and will ultimately decide (along with your other committee members) if you’ve met the requirements for your culminating experience. You will be instructed to select an adviser as a part of the SCI 220 course, as this is where you will be exposed to the interests, and current projects different faculty members are associated with. It is not necessary to select a faculty member that has the same disciplinary interests as you (although this can be synergistic) it is more important to select a faculty member that has similar educational interests to you, and who’s current projects sound like something you are interested in. See http://www.sjsu.edu/scied/faculty_staff/faculty/index.html for a current list of faculty and their interests. You may change your adviser at any time, but this should be discussed with the graduate coordinator before doing so.

Your second committee member must have a PhD and be associated with SJSU and does not need to be a faculty member in Science Education (although, they can be). (Often students select committee members from the College of Education or College of Science in their discipline.) You should select this individual when you are taking SCI 220 or SCI 205.

Your third committee member can be a faculty member at SJSU, but also could be a community member or professional mentor. Discuss options with your faculty adviser, the graduate coordinator, and/or your SCI 220 and SCI 205 instructors. You should have selected this individual prior to completing SCI 205.

Your second and third committee members will provide you will feedback at the proposal stage of your candidacy, and also be present for your culminating talk, and provide feedback on the written component of your culminating experience.

Advancing to Candidacy

It’s a good idea to advance to candidacy after your have submitted your project proposal to your faculty adviser. Usually this will be done at the end of your first year, but should absolutely be completed during your third semester in the program. Before applying for candidacy, you will need to have determined your target graduation date, and all the courses that you plan to take to get there. Schedule a meeting with the graduate coordinator in order to make a plan that suits your needs. You will also want to run this by your faculty adviser to check for feasibility given the state and nature of your master’s project. Check the graduate studies website for important deadlines, as there are forms that need to be completed up to two semesters ahead of graduation: http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/current_students/deadlines/

Applying for Graduation

After you have completed, submitted, and received word that your candidacy form has been approved, you need to submit the Application to Graduate form, which can be found on the graduate studies website. Pay close attention to the deadlines listed there. http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/current_students/deadlines/

Culminating Experience Requirements

(Coming soon: Check with your adviser.)

Final Considerations for Graduation

Your adviser needs to do the following before you can graduate:

  1. Submit change of grade forms for any 298 units that you earned an “RP” or “NC” in. It’s a good idea to remind your adviser of this, and when you do, tell them which semesters, how many units and what grade you previously received.  This form is closely guarded by the registrar, so your adviser will need to get it from the Office Administrator or the Program Director.
  2. Indicate to the graduate coordinator that all aspects of the culminating experience (talk and written portion) have been met and approved by all three committee members. Remind your adviser to tell the graduate coordinator to submit the “Culminating Experience” memo.

Walking in Commencement

Commencement is held every year in the spring. It’s a really exciting time, and we love being able to ‘hood’ our master’s students. We strongly encourage you to attend when you graduate, and would love to meet your family and friends. Notify your adviser and the graduate coordinator ASAP if you plan to walk. All students walking are required to have graduation regalia, and the deadlines for rental are often as early as March. See the commencement page for more information: http://www.sjsu.edu/commencement/

Miscellaneous Items: 

Course Revalidation Process

(Coming Soon)

Culminating Experience Units (298 and 290)

(Coming Soon)