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Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching Science (MATS) is designed primarily for working teachers, with courses offered evenings and summers. This program provides an opportunity for students interested in teaching middle or high school or entry-level college science courses to earn an advanced degree with a primary emphasis on sciences that will be of value in their classrooms. The program gives students a broad background in graduate content sciences, and in science teaching and learning. Students who are not teachers may enroll concurrently in an Alternative Teacher Certification Program. Teachers may also choose to take additional courses leading to supplemental certification as a Master Science Teacher.

Admission Requirements

Apply to the MAT Science program through UTEP’s Graduate School. The GRE is not required, nor are the letters of recommendation. Minimum GPA required is 2.5.

Degree Requirements

The degree program has three tracks:

  • An in-service track for existing teachers who wish to strengthen in content and gain the mentoring skills;
  • An in-service track that requires an additional 12 hours of Science Education courses will prepare them for eventual certification as a Master Science Teacher;
  • A pre-service track for students with undergraduate degrees in science or engineering who seek a masters and teacher certification. This track requires an additional 15 credit hours and an internship placement at an area school.

All students must choose a core science content area in which to concentrate: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics. Degree requirements are detailed below.

Tracks

  • In-Service Track
  • In-Service Track with Master Science Teacher Certification
  • Pre-Service Track
    (Requires concurrent enrollment in Alternative Teacher Certification)
     
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Students in the pre-service track complete an internship at an area middle or high school as part of the Alternative Teacher Certification Program. A program fee is assessed as part of the internship process. 

Degree Plan

Master of Arts in Teaching Science with Concentration

Required Credits: 30

MA in Teaching Science (All courses require a grade of C or beter)
Core Subject Content Courses:
Select eighteen hours in one discipline from the following:18
Physical Science:
Modern General Chemistry
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Contemp Topics Physical Chem
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Kinematics/Dynamics I
Kinematics/Dynamics II
Electricity and Magnetism
Wave Phenomena and Optics
Life/Earth Science:
Select Adv Topics Biol Science
Advances/Evolutionary Theory
Advances in Ecological Theory
Geology of the Southwest
Computer Appl in Earth Sci
Earth Structure
Fundamentals of Earth Science
Fundmtls/Fld Meth in Earth Sci
Life Science:
Select Adv Topics Biol Science
Biosystematics
Ecology of Desert Organisms
Advances/Evolutionary Theory
Advances in Ecological Theory
Biostatistics
Earth Science:
Geology of the Southwest
Computer Appl in Earth Sci
Earth Structure
Earth Materials
Studies in Oceanography
Paleobiology
Planetary Geology
Mineral Resrcs, Econ & Environ
Fundamentals of Earth Science
Fundmtls/Fld Meth in Earth Sci
Tracks
Select one of the tracks below9-21
Total Hours27-39

In-Service Track

In-Service Track (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required courses:
SCI 5311Classroom Resrch Methodology I3
SCI 5312Classroom Rsrch Methodology II3
SIED 5329MST Leadership Practicum3
Total Hours9

Pre-Service Track

Pre-Service Track (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
RED 5340Curr Topics-Reading Education3
SCI 5311Classroom Resrch Methodology I3
SCI 5312Classroom Rsrch Methodology II3
TED 5301Learning Contexts & Curriculum3
TED 5302Manage Student-centered Clsrm3
Elective 1:
BED 5343Sheltered Eng Inst/Educators3
or SIED 5325 Inquiry Sc Ed in Biling Settng
Elective 2:
SIED 5321Sc Tools Stnd Tech Safty/Ethic3
or SIED 5323 Societal Context of Sc Educ
Total Hours21

Master Track

Master In-Service Track Certification (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
SCI 5311Classroom Resrch Methodology I3
SCI 5312Classroom Rsrch Methodology II3
SIED 5321Sc Tools Stnd Tech Safty/Ethic3
SIED 5323Societal Context of Sc Educ3
SIED 5325Inquiry Sc Ed in Biling Settng3
SIED 5327Chem Ed in Feminist/Mult Cntxt3
SIED 5329MST Leadership Practicum3
Total Hours21
 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Kyung-An Han

Professor

KYUNG-AN HAN, Associate Professor, 2009
BS, Yonsei University; Ph D, State University of New York at Buffalo/Roswell Park Cancer Institute