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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 

Program Overview

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.

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Why choose this program?

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.

  • EDEP 5114: Advanced Educational Psychology
  • EDEP 5154: Psych Foundations for Teachers
  • EDCI 5804: STEM Education Foundations
  • EDCI 5374: Assessment in K12 Science Education*
  • EDRE 5404: Foundations of Education Research & Evaluation
  • EDCI 5834: STEM Education Research
  • 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
  • NR 5424: Urban Wildlife
  • NR 5724: Conservation Ecology
  • APSC 5044: Biotechnology in Ag and Society

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.

Prospective students should apply to the Graduate School at Virginia Tech and complete the supplemental information and admissions checklist.

  • Bachelor’s degree with A 3.00 GPA for regular admission status or 2.75 GPA for provisional status is required (last 60 hours of coursework).
  • Two letters of reference that address your academic ability, teaching potential and character are required.
  • Students must be licensed and employed as a secondary science teacher during the program. Those who have been hired provisionally but have not yet received a provisional license must provide a letter of intent from a school administrator.International and out of state students should contact program leader before applying to this program to check if applicant fulfils this requirement.
  • 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.

Visit this page for more information on how to apply, including requirements, deadlines, and what you'll need in detail.

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Learn more about other available funding opportunities

Spring: November 15
Summer I & II: March 15*
Fall:  April 15*
*To be eligible for SOE scholarships, apply before February 1.

Nancy Nolen
Program Admission Support
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
540-231-5348
nanolen@vt.edu

Questions?

George Glasson
Program Advisor
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8346
glassong@vt.edu

Nancy Nolen
Program Admission Support
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
540-231-5348
nanolen@vt.edu

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