Deadline for Summer and Fall 2019 admission is July 1, 2019.


Program Contact

Dr. Margaret R. Blanchard
Program Contact

Christy Buck
Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Master of Education

Science Education

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (STEM Ed)

Designed to enhance the knowledge and skill set of experienced educators, students entering this program will have the opportunity to work with renowned experts in many facets of science education research and practice. Graduates return to the workforce prepared to become state and nationally recognized leaders in science education. This distance education graduate program is intended for pre-college teachers (Grades 6-12), community college instructors, and informal educators (e.g., museum, zoo, aquaria educators) or others who work in areas of science education.

Important Dates
Deadline for Summer and Fall Admission is July 1

Information Sessions
Friday, 4 p.m.
February 15, 2019
Graduate Programs Open House for STEM ED
Poe Hall 742
Please contact Christy Buck to register.
Visitor Parking information may be found at:

4-7 p.m.
May 3, 2019
Annual STEM Ed Graduate Research Symposium/Open House
742 Poe Hall, Main Campus
4-4:30 p.m. Meeting with Prospective Graduate Students for STEM Ed. Opportunity to visit with our students and faculty in small groups to learn about our programs.
5-7 p.m. Symposium, METRC Center, 400 Poe Hall. Opportunity to see current graduate research efforts and observe our students in action.
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Campus Parking:
RSVP and more information: Please contact Christy Buck, 919-515-1740 or
Please include the concentration area and degree of interest if known.

Teacher and student

Admission Requirements

  • GRE is not required for M.Ed. applicants
  • 3 Professional References
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools
  • Written personal statement: background, professional goals, why this program

It is highly recommended that applicants have an undergraduate degree that includes a science major or at least 24 hours of sciences in their undergraduate background.

It is also recommended that applicants have a teaching license or experience in informal education.

Financial Aid

Course of Study

This master’s program can usually be completed within two years and the curriculum is below. Part-time students usually complete the program within 3-4 years.

Key components to this program include:

  • It meets the requirements for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for advanced licensure for master’s degree
  • It has a curriculum that supports science teachers applying for National Board Certification
  • Scholarship opportunities are available

Science Education Core (12 semester hours)

  • EMS 575 Foundations of Science Education (3) Fall semester (even years)
  • EMS 521 Advanced Methods in Science Education I (3) Fall semester
    (even years)
  • EMS 522 Advanced Methods in Science Education II (3) Fall semester
    (odd years)
  • EMS 573 Technology Tools for Science Teaching (3) Fall semester (every

Science Courses (15 semester hours) 400-level or above

Note: No more than six credit hours of 400-level courses may be counted toward the degree. Three hours may be a research experience. 


  • EMS 531 Introduction to Research in Science Education (3) Spring semester (odd years)

Focus Area (6 semester hours)

Courses may be taken to develop expertise in areas such as College Science Education, Teacher Education (Elementary, Middle or High School) or Informal Education.

Focus areas include but are not limited to:

  • Middle School Education
  • Informal Education
  • Special Populations
  • Educational Technology
  • Mentoring Pre-service/In-service Teachers
  • Science (additional 6 hours in a specific content concentration)