Science Education Online

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

This is online/distance delivery program for practicing science teachers (licensed or provisionally licensed).

Campus: Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Instructions: Online Courses for Virual Option 


Credit Hours

Focus on Socialcultural & STEM Education

Coursework for Provisional License in Virginia



Our Science Education Program

Virginia Tech now offers a Distance Learning Program in which candidates earn a Masters of Arts in Education. The program is designed for practicing and provisionally licensed teachers of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics grades 6-12. Using innovative technology to support a distance learning format, the program offers online coursework which includes educational foundations, science teaching pedagogy, special education, instructional technology, content area reading, and Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM). Students may also pursue a twelve credit Integrative STEM Education certificate through their coursework within the program.

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 Distance Delivery program is a 30-hour professional development program for practicing science teachers (licensed or provisionally licensed). Normally, students enroll in one 3-hour course per semester during full time employment and up to 12 hours in the summer. Students should submit a MAED Degree - Proposed Plan of Study after completing 12 hours of graduate credit. Below is a list of suggested 3-hour on-line courses that are currently available for each category in the MAED plan of study. A student’s advisor and MAED committee must approve all coursework in the Plan of Study.

Foundations: (3-6 hours)

  • EDEP 5114: Advanced Educational Psychology
  • EDEP 5154: Psych Foundations for Teachers
  • EDCI 5804: STEM Education Foundations

Research: (3-6 hours)

  • EDCI 5374: Assessment in K12 Science Education*
  • EDRE 5404: Foundations of Education Research & Evaluation
  • EDCI 5834: STEM Education Research

Concentration: (12-15hours)

  • EDCI 5364: Technology in the Science Classroom*
  • EDCI 5724: Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools I: Science*
  • EDCI 5554: Educating Exceptional Learners
  • EDCI 5814: STEM Education Pedagogy
  • EDCI 5824: STEM Education Trends and Issues
  • EDCI 5854: Biotechnology Literacy by Design
  • EDCI 5774: Classroom and Behavior Management
  • EDCI 5264: Comprehension and Content Reading

Cognate: (3-6 hours science courses outside School of Education. See examples below.)

  • NR 5424: Urban Wildlife
  • NR 5724: Conservation Ecology
  • APSC 5044: Biotechnology in Ag and Society

* Required program courses

Distance Delivery Program Requirement (PDF)

Career and Professional Development

Science Education Program is designed to prepare science educators for teaching science. This program is designed for practicing and provisionally licensed teachers of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics grades 6-12. Prospective students that have not yet acquired employment may begin taking courses under Commonwealth status and formally apply to the program once employment is obtained.

An atmosphere of peer support and a collaborative learning community is created through the use of video conferencing and additional electronic media. Coursework is designed to promote critical reflection of practice and effective use of science education pedagogy in alignment with NSTA Standards for Science Teacher Preparation.

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

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

George Glasson, Professor

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

Takumi Sato, Clinical Assistant Professor

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. 

Students interested in applying to the Science Education Online (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction) should contact the Program Advisor, Dr. Takumi Sato, by email at

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.


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

Dawn Knight
Pre-education advising
107 War Memorial Hall

Nancy Nolen
Program Admission Support
105 War Memorial Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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