November 1: Spring admission deadline.
April 15: Summer 1 and Summer 2 admission deadline.
July 15: Fall admission deadline.


Program Contact

Dr. Soonhye Park
Program Contact

Christy Buck
Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Degree: Master of Education
Program: STEM Education

Concentration: Science Education

Delivery Method: Online, On Campus
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.

Information Sessions
Friday, 4:00 p.m.
April 30, 2021
Virtual STEM Ed Graduate Open House
Register here: Zoom Link Meet with our faculty to address your questions about our programs. Note, our Virtual Research Symposium is immediately following this event. Another great opportunity to learn more about us and what we do.

For more information: Please contact Christy Buck,

Friday, 4:30 p.m.
April 30, 2021
STEM Education Graduate Research Symposium - Virtual Event
Register here: Zoom Link
Our doctoral students will present virtual presentations on their current research in zoom rooms. This will be a great opportunity to meet students and faculty as well as see what our programs are doing.

For more information: Please contact Christy Buck,

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Admission Requirements

Teacher and student

  • 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

Curriculum: 30 hours

Core Course: 3 hours (All three concentrations take this course)

EMS 573 Special Topics: Design of Tools and Learning Environments in STEM

Specialty Courses: 27 hours

Science Education Concentration

  • 12 hours of science education courses
    • EMS 521 Advanced Methods in Science Education I (3)*
    • EMS 522 Advanced Methods in Science Education II (3)*
    • EMS 531 Introduction to Research in Science Education (3)
    • EMS 575 Foundations of Science Education (3)*
  • 15 hours of specialty content courses from an estimated 200 options,
    such as: Bio 592, BCH 553, NTR 515, NTR 624, FOR 595, FOR 501, HS 541, MEA 517, MEA 582, EA 501, EA 503, PHY552, PY 582.

*Informal EMS Courses may be substituted with advisor approval.

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