Master of Arts in Science Education

Master of Arts in Science Education

Science Education Degrees

Masters of Arts | Doctor of Philosophy | Ph.D. Graduates 1969 to Present

Note: WMU also offers a discipline-specific Concurrent-Enrollment program for those wishing to become college teachers of science or researchers regarding the learning of science.

Master of Arts in Science Education

Advisor: William W. Cobern
For appointment, contact: Heather White, 269-387-5398

This program is designed for anyone with a strong interest in science and the teaching of science, particularly primary and secondary teachers. It will help students improve their knowledge of science as well as their science teaching expertise. The MA program also prepares students for entrance to the PhD program in science education. The program requires 30 credit hours which can be completed exclusively online, although students may also take courses on campus in a traditional format if they wish.

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Core Requirements
(30 credit hours)

Science Education Core
12 credits
  • SCI 6145 Intro to Hist. & Phil. of Sci
  • SCI 6155 Sci. Ed: History & Philosophy
  • SCI 6165 Cognition & Teaching
  • SCI 6260 Science Curriculum
Science Content
6-12 credits
  • Any 5000-6000 level science course 
  • Up to 6 credits at 3000-4000 level taken at WMU.
  • Up to 6 credits at the graduate level transferred from another institution.
Science Education
0-6 credits
  • Any 5000-6000 level courses with any of the following prefixes: BIOS, CHEM, GEOG, GEOS, PHYS, or SCI.
  • Up to 6 credits at the graduate level transferred from another institution.*
Final 6 credits
  • 6 elective credits (with advisor approval) OR
  • 6 credits of SCI 7100 (independent project) OR
  • 6 credits of SCI 7000 (thesis)
TOTAL 30 Credits

* The following courses offered as traditional classroom courses at the WMU Main Campus may be used in place of the online courses:

  • SCI 6140 Hist/Phil of Science (in place of SCI 6145) 
  • SCI 6150 Hist/Phil of Sci Ed (in place of SCI 6155)
  • SCI 6160 Models of Teaching & Learning (in place of SCI 6165) 

4-year advance schedule for MISE Science Education MA online courses

Printable Version of Requirements: Word or PDF format

Graduate Assistantships - Application deadline is February 15
For the past several years, most qualified full-time students in the Mallinson Institute for Science Education have received adequate funding through graduate assistantships offered each year by the Institute and the Graduate College. (Most students are part-time and support themselves by other means.)

A limited number of these assistantships are competed for each year. They typically include a stipend, remission of the out-of-state portion of tuition, and, in some cases, remission of all tuition. (They do include health insurance.) Typical duty is teaching a section of one of the introductory science courses for prospective teachers. The courses are in the disciplines of life, physical, and earth science. These courses provide opportunities for research as well as invaluable teaching experience.

Information about student loans and other federal, state, and University need-based financial aid programs may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.


Application instructions

WMU has a new online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for individual programs, are captured into this system.

Applicants are asked to include some program-specific information, with a summary for these requirements for the Master of Arts in Science Education found here. Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process.

Note: the GRE is NOT required for the master's application, and applications may be submitted at any time (no deadline).

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