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

Learning Experience

As an educator, you understand the importance of creating lessons, projects, and labs that resonate with your students. CSU faculty within the Master of Natural Sciences Education (M.N.S.E.) know what a challenge that can be, and have built this master's degree to immerse you in science concepts and educational theory, and help you create lessons, projects and labs for your own classroom.

The M.N.S.E. has been specifically designed for teachers with:

  • Science-related coursework that is not only beneficial for your expanding subject knowledge, but can be easily incorporated into lessons for your own classroom
  • Hands on experiments using custom science lab kits that include common, inexpensive components that can be easily replenished for repeat use with your students
  • A flexible curriculum that allows you to tailor your experience to your preferred area of study, including biology, chemistry, or physics
  • An advisor who mentors you throughout the degree
  • A flexible degree structure, allowing you to choose between a deeper dive into coursework or completion of a research project
    • Coursework Option:
      • Choose an additional natural sciences course and complete an independent study requirement that immerses you in your chosen interest area in partnership with your advisor. Independent study can be completed at any time during your program of study
    • Research Option:
      • A research requirement in your preferred area of study completed during the summer after your first semester to better accommodate your teaching schedule. Your advisor assists you in selecting and completing the research and independent study requirements

Courses can be accessed online at any time so you can study when it best fits your schedule. Although this is an online program, you should expect a similar workload to a traditional on-campus program, spending approximately 9-12 hours per week preparing for each three-credit course with activities such as:

  • Downloading and reviewing lecture notes
  • Completing readings, writing papers, and studying for/taking exams
  • Communicating with instructors and classmates via chat rooms, threaded discussions, and email
  • Completing individual or group projects

Take a look at this video demonstration from M.N.S.E. instructor, Martin Gelfand, to get a feel for the online student experience within the program.

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