Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

Program Learning Goals and Outcomes (PLO)

The following is a list of program learning outcomes for the Science Education Program as connected to our Master of Arts degree in Science Education. These PLOs describe the essential learning students can expect to achieve from the core or required courses in the degree plan. Specifically, they identify what the learner will know and/or be able to do upon completion of the culminating experience for the degree. 

1 – To enhance student’s depth and breadth of understanding of selected topics in science education. (See Table 1)

PLO 1.1 Students will be able to synthesize primary literature from science education research and apply how it fits to their project.

PLO 1.2 Students will demonstrate knowledge of at least two areas (e.g. inquiry based instruction, learning theory, assessment) that are related to, or supportive of research for their project.

2 – To enhance communication skills, both written and oral, in science education discourse.

PLO 2.1 Students will present science and science education content in the form of graduate seminars or in the oral defense of their project (also known as the culminating experience).

PLO 2.2 Students will organize and write the results of their project in a manner consistent with standards in professional science education publications. 


Table 1. Curriculum Map of Program Learning Outcomes Addressed by Required Courses for the MA in Science Education. The PLOs are listed along the top of the table and the course(s) that address the PLOs are listed on the side.






SCI 220





SCED 273





SCI 298/299





Y indicates that the PLO is addressed by the course.