This master of science in education (M.S.Ed) in science education program is designed for individuals holding an undergraduate degree in a core science—biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geology, or physics. Candidates who complete 37 credit hours, which includes student teaching and a master's project in education coursework, may quality for NYSED initial certification allowing them to teach science in grades 7-12 in New York State.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (4.0 scale).
2. Science certification area (biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geology, or physics) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
3. Thirty hours of science in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geology, or physics.
4. One year of foreign language.
6. A written statement of intent describing the applicant’s:
a.) reasons for pursing graduate study in science education
b.) career aspirations
c.) special interests within the field
d.) any unusual features of background that might need explanation or be of interest to the program's admissions committee.
7. Letter of reference that includes an assessment of the applicant's ability to work with others.
8. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the program coordinator for a transcript evaluation and a pre-application interview.
Choose a Science Certification Area (select one):
Select an Admission Option (choose one):
1. Buffalo State Quick Admit/Fast Track Option:
This option is for candidates with an undergraduate degree from Buffalo State. The Earth Sciences and Science Education Department (upon agreement with the content science departments) will fast track applicant majors wishing to become certified to teach. Students in selected degree programs at Buffalo State who meet the foreign language and GPA requirements of 2.50 (4.0 scale) overall and 2.75 (4.0 scale) in a science discipline can move directly into the science education, M.S.Ed. program. Official transcripts are not required.
2. Regular Admission Option:
This option is for candidates new to Buffalo State. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with sufficient academic background in the prospective area of teaching to take graduate coursework in the discipline.
Program course requirements are subject to change with prior notice. Candidates may substitute alternative courses only with advisement.
Exceptional Education and Social and Psychological Foundations (6 credits)
EXE 500 Individuals with Special Needs
SPF 503 Educational Psychological Literacy
Literacy (6 credits)
SCI 545 Literacy for Teaching Science
EDU 609 Improving Reading in the Content Areas
Science Teaching Methods (3 credits)
SCI 502 Secondary Science Education Teaching: Theory, Content, and Pedagogy
Science Education Pedagogy (7 credits)
SCI 650 Current Topics in Science Education
SCI 664 Teaching Science with Technology
SCI 679 Seminar in Science Education
Student Teaching (12 credits)
SCI 677 Middle School Science Teaching Experience
SCI 678 High School Science Teaching Experience
Master’s Project (3 credits)
SCI 690 Master's Project
Total Required Credit Hours 37 credits
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.