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

Research Option

The Research Option requires you complete a research project in lieu of an additional natural science course and independent study, which are requirements of the Coursework Option.

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. EDRM 602 and EDUC 660 are required for the M.N.S.E. degree. Students select either EDUC 619 or NSCI 612; students cannot receive credit for both courses for the M.N.S.E. degree.

  • EDRM 602 – Action Research (3 cr.)

    Gain the knowledge and skills to plan and implement school-based research to improve teaching and learning.

  • EDUC 619 – Curriculum Development (3 cr.)

    Examine historical traditions, curriculum philosophies, best practice instructional theories, contemporary curriculum issues, standards practices, and backward design theory.
    OR
    NSCI 612 – Myth Busters: Science/Controversy/Evaluation (3 cr.)
    Skepticism and the scientific method are critical to modern scientific practice. Throughout history there has always been an uneasy relationship between science and culture as science as a human activity is influenced by culture and vice versa. The course weaves science philosophy, methodology, and history with social and cultural contexts.

  • EDUC 660 – Advanced Methods – Science and Math Instruction (3 cr.)

    Gain the knowledge and skills to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in grades K-12.

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 (6 credits)

  • NSCI 698 – Research Experience in Natural Sciences

    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 can be completed during any semester after your first year in the program, either at CSU or at a research institution convenient to you. Advisors have regular faculty appointments in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

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