Science Education

(M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction)

This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only.

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Virginia Tech offers a Secondary Science Education teacher licensure program in which candidates earn a Master of Arts in Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The Secondary Science Education program is nationally accredited and is approved for licensure in Earth Science (grades 6-12).

Nationally Accredited (NCATE)

Focus on Socialcultural & STEM Education

Middle School & High School Internship Experiences

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Job Placement

Our Earth Science Licensure Program (6-12)

Virginia Tech offers a Secondary Science Education teacher licensure program in which candidates earn a Master of Arts in Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The Secondary Science Education program is nationally accredited and is approved for licensure in Earth Science (grades 6-12).The MAED Science Education Licensure Program includes coursework in educational foundations, science teaching pedagogy, special education, instructional technology, content area reading, and history/philosophy of science.

Why Study Science Education Here?

The Virginia Tech Science Education Program is designed to prepare science educators for teaching science through inquiry processes where students apply their knowledge in real world contexts. Teachers also learn how to facilitate the development of learning environments that motivate and inspire students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our science education program is dedicated to preparing scientifically and technologically literate students who can make positive contributions in the world.

What You’ll Study

The MAED Science Education Licensure Program includes coursework in educational foundations, science teaching pedagogy, special education, instructional technology, content area reading, history/philosophy of science, and STEM/robotics. The program includes a field experience in schools during the fall semester and a student teaching internship during the spring semester. Students admitted to the program are required to complete all science content requirements and 9-12 hours of education coursework before beginning the field experience in the fall.

The normal course load for the 39-hour MAED program is 12 hours per semester and 6 hours/summer session. Students beginning the program as dual status may take one or more courses during the academic semester. Students must complete a minimum of 6-9 hours of professional education courses and all science content course requirements for licensure prior to the fall field experience. The Praxis II exam must be passed prior to student teaching in the spring.

I. Professional Education Courses (required licensure courses offered in academic year and/or summer)

  • EDEP 5154 Psych Found. of Educ. for Pre-service Teachers (3 hrs)
  • EDCI 5554 Educ. Exceptional Learners Across the Lifespan (3 hrs)
  • EDCI 5264 Comp. Processes and Reading in the Content Areas (3 hrs)
  • EDCI 5104 Schooling in American Society (3 hrs)
  • EDCI 4454: Engineering, Leadership/Management (Elective for Physics Licensure Students only) (3 hrs)
  • EDCI 4024 Humanizing the K-12 Classroom (Elective with Service Learning) (3 hrs)

Required Tests:

  • Praxis I or SAT/ACT equivalent (entrance requirement)
  • PRAXIS II in Content area (pass before student teaching)
  • Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (pass before student teaching)

II. Science Education and Field Experience Courses (fall of “fifth year” or second year in program)

  • EDCI 5724 Tchg in Middle & Secondary School I: Science (3 hrs)
  • EDCI 5364 Technology in the Science Classroom (3 hrs)
  • EDCI 5374 Assessment in K-12 Science Education (3 hrs)
  • EDCI 5964 Field Studies in Education (3 hrs)
  • STS 5205 Main Themes in the History of Science and Technology (3 hrs) (Required if not taken as undergraduate)

III. Science Education and Internship Courses (spring of “fifth year” or second year in program)

EDCI 5744 Tchg in Middle & Secondary School II: Science (3 hrs)

EDCI 5754 Internship in Education (9 hrs)

MAED Comprehensive Exam (electronic portfolio)

Learn about the full licensure requirements.

Science Research Requirement

Professional Education and Licensure (Information on licensure, praxis, scholarships, electronic porfolios, and field placements)

Field Experience and Student Teaching Handbook for Students, Clinical Partners, and Faculty

Career and Professional Development

This graduate program leads to licensure in middle and secondary science (biology, grades 6-12). The program includes a field experience in schools during the fall semester and a student teaching internship during the spring semester. Graduates of this program will earn a Master of Arts in Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Science.  

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Place-based STEM Education
  • Inquiry Pedagogy
  • Sustainability Science Education
  • Ecojustice Education

George Glasson, Professor

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George Glasson, Professor

Research Interests

Sociocultural factors influencing students’ participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Research Interests

  • The role of race and racism in the science experiences for youth of color
  • Transform oppressive conditions in order for students to realize their science potential and aspirations

Takumi Sato, Clinical Assistant Professor

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Takumi Sato, Clinical Assistant Professor

Science Education Research Highlights

“The Learned Man of Good Judgment: Nature, Narrative, and Wonder in Jose de Acosta’s Natural Philosophy,” History of Political Thought (forthcoming, 2017).

“World-Viewing as World-Making: Feminist technoscience and the aesthetics of the Anthropocene.” In Worldviews in Science, Technology and Art in International Relations, eds. Madeline Carr, Renee Marlin-Bennett and Jatinder P. Singh. New York: Routledge, 2017.

“World-Viewing as World-Making: Feminist technoscience and the aesthetics of the Anthropocene.” In Worldviews in Science, Technology and Art in International Relations, eds. Madeline Carr, Renee Marlin-Bennett and Jatinder P. Singh. New York: Routledge, 2017.

“The Learned Man of Good Judgment: Nature, Narrative, and Wonder in Jose de Acosta’s Natural Philosophy,” History of Political Thought (forthcoming, 2017).

“World-Viewing as World-Making: Feminist technoscience and the aesthetics of the Anthropocene.” In Worldviews in Science, Technology and Art in International Relations, eds. Madeline Carr, Renee Marlin-Bennett and Jatinder P. Singh. New York: Routledge, 2017.

“World-Viewing as World-Making: Feminist technoscience and the aesthetics of the Anthropocene.” In Worldviews in Science, Technology and Art in International Relations, eds. Madeline Carr, Renee Marlin-Bennett and Jatinder P. Singh. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Students interested in applying to the Earth Science Licensure Program (6-12) should contact the program advisor, Dr. Takumi Sato, by email at takumi@vt.edu.

Visit our office at 310 War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Application Deadlines
Spring: November 15
Summer I & II: March 15*
Fall:  April 15*
*To be eligible for SOE scholarships, apply before February 1.

CONTACT US

Takumi Sato
Program Advisor
Teaching and Learning MC 0313
War Memorial Hall RM 310
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-2727
takumi@vt.edu

Nancy Nolen
Program Admission Support
105 War Memorial Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5348
nanolen@vt.edu

School of Education
226 War Memorial Hall (0313)
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061