Biology Licensure Program (6-12)
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 Biology (grades 6-12).
Nationally Accredited (NCATE)
Focus on Socialcultural & STEM Education
Middle School & High School Internship Experiences
Our Biology 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 Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics (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)
- 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.
Professional Education and Licensure (Information on licensure, praxis, scholarships, electronic porfolios, and field placements)
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.
- Place-based STEM Education
- Inquiry Pedagogy
- Sustainability Science Education
- Ecojustice Education
Sociocultural factors influencing students’ participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- 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
Science Education Research Highlights
Klechaya, R. & Glasson, G.E. (2017). Mindfulness and Place-based Education in Buddhist-oriented Schools in Thailand. In M. Powietrzynska and K. Tobin (Eds.) Weaving Complementary Knowledge Systems and Mindfulness to Educate Literate Citizenry for Sustainable and Healthy Lives(pp. 159-170). Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers.
Duer, Z., Piilonen, L, & Glasson, G. E. (in press). Belle2VR - A virtual reality visualization of subatomic particle physics in the Belle II experiment. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications.
Brand, B., Kasarda, M., & Williams, C. (in press). Inquiry by Engineering Design: Applying the Sixth "E". Technology and Engineering Teacher.Glasson, G.E. (2015). Ponder this: Can ecojustice education go mainstream? In M. Mueller, and D. Tippins Ecojustice, citizen science and youth activism: Situated tensions for science education. (pp. 171-176). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.
Brand, B. (2015) A Broom and a Mop Just Won’t Do: From Sharecropper to Educator, A Forerunner for Social Change. Tate Publishing: Mustang, Ok.
Visit our office at Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313), 330 Sterrett Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Spring: November 15
Summer I & II: March 15*
Fall: April 15*
*To be eligible for SOE scholarships, apply before February 1.
School of Education
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061