Natural Sciences Education Master of Natural Sciences Education (M.N.S.E.)

Requirements and Curriculum

Courses within the Master of Natural Sciences Education (M.N.S.E.) apply toward certification, licensure, and/or endorsements necessary to teach within every state in the United States. Review the certification requirements to teach secondary sciences within your state. Courses are also applicable to teach internationally in those countries that require certification.

All science-related coursework is tailored for teachers and focuses on how you can incorporate lessons into your own classroom.

Education courses (9 credits)

Develop a foundation in research, curriculum development, and policy.

Natural science courses (15 credits)

Expand your knowledge in a specific science discipline.

Visit the course descriptions page and the science lab kits page for expanded science course information.

Research (7 credits)

  • NSCI 698 – Research Experience in Natural Sciences (7 cr.)

    In collaboration with an advisor, you develop and complete research in your preferred science discipline. Advisors assist in creating the project and in identifying a research location. The experience is completed during the summer after your first year at CSU or at a research institution convenient to you. Advisors are graduate students with regular faculty appointments in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

Independent study (3 credits)

Focus on an advanced area of interest.

  • NSCI 695 – Independent Study for MNSE (3 cr.)

    Independent study immerses you in the primary scientific literature in biology, chemistry, or physics, and allows you to further tailor the degree toward your preferred science discipline. This study can be completed during any semester throughout the degree, and involves weekly meetings (in-person or at a distance) with your research advisor. Advisors are graduate students with regular faculty appointments in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. It does not require access to CSU or another research institution.

What Next?

  • Discover exactly what you'll be learning during your time in the program with detailed descriptions of each course that's part of the curriculum.