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

Campuses: Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Instructions: Online Courses for Virtual Option


30 Credit Hours
Focus on Socialcultural & STEM Education
Coursework for provisional license in Virginia
100% Online
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.

Faculty Research Interests

Place-based STEM Education

Inquiry Pedagogy

Sustainability Science Education

Ecojustice Education

Sociocultural factors influencing students’s™ 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.

Related Programs

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

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

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