Master's Degree Programs

MEd in Science Education

The Science Education program offers graduate study for those interested in science education careers across a wide range of institutions in urban settings:

  • Early childhood centers, elementary and secondary schools, and community colleges
  • Science or science-affiliated museums
  • Science or science education related organizations (e.g., not-for-profit environmental agencies, after-school programs, etc.)

Students work toward one of two strands while earning their MEd:

  • Strand A—This strand offers licensure for those interested in teaching middle and high school science in an urban setting. Options include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science and physics. Strand A can be done as a one year program (May to May) or as a two year or more program.  See the advising guides below for the layout of courses by semester for each program plan.  Noyce Scholarship funding from the National Science Foundation is available for students in Strand A.  You can also start the funding application process with these instructions and application.  Learn more about the Noyce-funded Project SEEEC.
  • Strand B—This strand emphasizes science education in urban settings for the following students: already-licensed science teachers from early childhood through college; those working at, or interested in, not-for-profit science-related museums and organizations; or those seeking advanced studies in science, including those interested in eventually pursuing a PhD.

For more information, sign up for our email list below, review degree requirements, submit a question on Strand A to program advisor Ana Valenta at agarci5@uic.edu or contact the Office of Student Services at (312) 996-4532. Submit questions on Strand B to Maria Varelas, PhD, at mvarelas@uic.edu.  Ready to apply?  Start the application process now.

* UIC seniors in their final spring semester may begin program coursework that may be transferred into this graduate program.

Degree Requirements

In order to be licensed in science education through the MEd program, you must complete both the degree and licensure requirements (strand A).  The degree requirements are also listed for the specialization in Advanced Studies in Science Education (strand B).

The degree requirements are listed below and you will find the science education licensure requirements on the Council on Teacher Education website. Some of the courses required for certification may be waived based on courses you may have previously completed.

Depending on the strand, a minimum of 32-36 semester hours of course credit are required for the degree, at least 9 of which must be at the 500 level.

Strand A (with licensure)

Strand A can be completed in 12 months in an intense May-to-May schedule or it can be completed more gradually (beginning in any semester).  See the advising guides below for the layout of courses by semester for each program plan.

Education Core 9 semester hours:

  • ED 402 Philosophy of Education and Urban School Policy or ED 403 Policy Issues in the History of American Education
  • ED 445 Adolescence and the Schools (Recommended) or ED 421 Advanced Educational Psychology Assessment Course (consult with advisor)
  • EPSY 405 Educational Assessment & Evaluation

Secondary Science Teacher Certification Specialization 7 semester hours:

  • SPED 410 Survey of Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities
  • CI 504 Secondary Literacy in the Content Areas

Science Education Core 16 semester hours

  • CI 529 Secondary Science Education in Urban Settings
  • CI 531 Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment for Equity in Secondary Science Education
  • CI 551 Practitioner Research in Science Contexts
  • Science content methods course (CI 475, CHEM 475, or PHYS 475)

Student Teaching 12 hours

  • ED 470 Student Teaching I
  • ED 471 Student Teaching II

Student Teaching hours are hours beyond the degree requirement of 32-36 hours.

Strand B

Education Core 9-12 semester hours:

  • ED 402 Philosophy of Education and Urban School Policy or ED 403 Policy Issues in the History of American Education or EDPS 500  City Schools:  Education in the Urban Environment
  • ED 445 Adolescence and the Schools or ED 421 Advanced Educational Psychology or EPSY 501 Cognition and Instruction
  • EPSY 553 Assessment for Teachers or EPSY 416 Systematic Approaches to Program Quality

Science Education Core 8 semester hours:

  • CI 570 Critical Issues in Science Education
  • CI 551 Practitioner Research in Science Contexts

Advanced Studies in Science Education Specialization 15-16 semester hours

  • CI 518 Race, Identity, and Agency in Mathematics and Science Education
  • CI 573 Multimodality, Multiliteracies, and Science Education
  • Nature, Practice, and Content of Science & Engineering course
  • SPED 473 Teaching Math and Science with Adaptations or LRSC 503 Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

Advising Guide

Advising guides offer a checklist for class completion requirements. If you have questions regarding the content of this guide, please contact Mike Herkes at mherkes@uic.edu in the Office of Student Services.

Current materials

Handbook

Options and Outcomes

Graduates of Strand A of this program pursue teaching positions including:

  • Middle Grades Science Teacher (Grades 6-8)
  • High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

Graduates of Strand B of this program can be successful in a variety of teaching and leadership positions (depending on previous education and experience) including:

  • PK-12 science classroom teachers
  • PK-12 science specialists
  • Community college science instructors
  • Science or science-affiliated museum educators
  • Not-for-profit science or science-affiliated agency facilitators

Application Process

Application Deadlines*

Fall Deadline: May 15
Spring Deadline: November 1
Summer Deadline:  February 1

*If you are interested in the 12 month program under strand A, you can ONLY apply for the summer term of each year.  If you are interested in spreading the strand A program over more than 12 months, you may apply for any term.

Strand A Requirements:  MEd Plus License

Completion of Strand A requires a major in one of the sciences or the equivalent coursework. Applicants who have at least 18 hours of completed coursework in the sciences may be accepted into Strand A and complete science deficiencies while earning the graduate education degree.  Strand A requires an overall GPA of 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study, and 3.00/4.00 for any post baccalaureate/graduate coursework, as well as 2.50/4.00 GPA for science courses.  Remember, the strand A 12 month option only admits for the summer term of each year and the strand A program that can be spread out over a longer time period admits every term.

Strand B Requirements:  MEd Only

While fundamental science knowledge and science-related experiences are required, there is no specified amount of science coursework required for Strand B. Strand B requires an overall GPA of 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study, and 3.00/4.00 for any post baccalaureate/graduate coursework.

Strand A and B Application Process

  1. Complete the UIC Graduate School application.  (International applicants should use this application).  Submit your application fee when completing the application.
  2. Complete the online College of Education application.
  3. The following documents should be uploaded online upon receiving email instructions after completing the UIC Graduate School application. View the Document Upload Guide for more information.
    • Upload undergraduate transcripts for your last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and all graduate transcripts.
    • TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international applicants only
    • Three letters of recommendation.  These letters should address the applicant's academic qualifications, research ability/experience and ability to carry on advanced degree studies. Letters may be from current or former professors or supervisors. At least one letter should be from someone who can address your experience working with children.
    • Personal statement. Strand A (certification) requires a 3-4 page statement addressing the applicant's commitment to and/or experiences working with urban youth, and experiences with learning science.  Strand B (degree only) requires a 3-4 page statement addressing the applicant's reasons for pursuing this M.Ed. and relevant background and experiences with urban education and science education.
  4. STRAND A ONLY: Submit test scores from the Basic Skills test or Test of Academic Proficiency.  For information on the test, visit this site: www.il.nesinc.com.  An ACT or SAT score may be submitted with a waiver; for information on this process, visit the Council on Teacher Education website.
  5. STRAND A ONLY:  Interview with advisory staff.  You will be contacted to arrange a time.