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Science Education

Master of Arts (MA)

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Credits Required: 30
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Industry Highlights

  • Teachers with a master's degree earn 21% more than those without.
  • Employment for high school teachers is expected to grow by 7% and elementary school teachers by 17% through 2020.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Science Teachers Need a Different Kind of Advanced Degree

It's always been a competitive environment out there for teachers. The recent economic and political climate hasn't made it any less so. Now, more than ever, teachers need advanced degrees to be successful educators.

Western Michigan University's College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to offer a different kind of advanced degree for science teachers. First, it's focused on science content, allowing you to design a program that interests you from beginning to end. And incidentally, when you finish with your master's degree, you're going to be a better teacher.

Why Science Education at Western Michigan University

Professors can make or break an online class and we've got some great ones. The Mallinson Institute for Science Education at WMU is one of the most respected science education institutes in the country. They were recently ranked third in faculty productivity by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

M.A. programs at other institutions have capstone projects or require you to take a class or two at their main campus, far away from your home. WMU's program is 100% online and requires no visits to Kalamazoo.

Who should apply

The M.A. in Science Education is designed for secondary teachers and elementary school teachers with a strong interest in science, or for students beginning work toward a Ph.D. in science education. There are many reasons to choose WMU's online program to continue your education:

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.