Deadline for Summer 1 and Summer 2 admission is April 15. Deadline for Fall admission is July 15.


Program Contact

Dr. Margaret R. Blanchard
Program Contact

Christy Buck
Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Master of Education in STEM Education

Concentration in 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 1, Summer 2 and Fall admission is April 15. Deadline for Fall admission is July 15.

Information Sessions
Friday, 4-6 p.m.
January 24, 2020
STEM Ed Graduate Programs - Open House
742 Poe Hall
Opportunity to visit with our faculty and students in small groups to learn about our programs.
Register Here

Friday, May 1, 2020
Annual STEM Ed Graduate Research Symposium/Open House
Watch here for details. Prospective students will have an opportunity to meet with faculty and students in small groups, then attend our Annual Research Symposium to see current graduate research efforts and observe our students in action.

RSVP and more information: Please contact Christy Buck, 919-515-1740 or
Please include the concentration area and degree of interest if known.

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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

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.