Dear Prospective Graduate Student:
Every year thousands of college students take the GRE subtests in the sciences. Many wonder what careers will open for them by pursing a graduate degree in one of the sciences and most students wonder about how they will finance their graduate education.
Western Michigan University's Mallinson Institute for Science Education has a unique program that prepares professionals for teaching undergraduate science at community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and teaching-focused universities. For students interested in research careers, the program prepares professionals for both teaching and research, where the research focus is the teaching and learning of a specific science discipline.
Students who enter this program of study apply for admission into master's degree program in one of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, or Physics) and indicate their interest in subsequently pursuing a doctoral degree in science education.
One of our program goals is to financially support all full time students as they pursue both degrees. Financial support usually includes a stipend, remission of tuition, health insurance, professional conference travel, and support for thesis/dissertation research. Typical responsibilities for graduate students involve teaching a course section of introductory science for prospective elementary teachers. The courses are in the disciplines of life, physical, and earth science. It is anticipated these courses will provide opportunities for research and invaluable teaching experience. Some students are supported by research and development grants and have duties associated with those grants. Western Michigan University, a student-centered research university, encourages application from underrepresented groups and is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Dr. Bill Cobern, Director