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Science Education, M.S.Ed

About the Program

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.

About the Earth Sciences and Science Education Department

271 Science Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6731
Fax: (716) 878-4524

Admission Requirements

Candidates new to Buffalo State

Potential candidates will follow Buffalo State entrance procedures, which include an online Graduate School Application. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with sufficient academic background in the prospective area of teaching to take graduate work in the discipline. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the program coordinator for a transcript and a pre-application interview.
The following criteria will also be required:

1. Official transcripts from all institutions that the candidate has attended.
2. Overall GPA 2.50 or higher.
3. One year of foreign language.
4. Science certification area (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology or Physics) GPA of 2.75 or higher.
5. Thirty hours of science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology or Physics).
6. Statement of intent that should include
a) reasons for pursuing 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.

Buffalo State Quick Admit
Candidates with undergraduate degrees from SUNY Buffalo State - The Science Education Department will have an agreement with the content science departments to Buffalo State Fast Track their majors wishing to become certified to teach. Students in the following degree programs at Buffalo State who meet the GPA requirements (2.50 or higher overall and 2.75 in science discipline) can move directly into the M.S.Ed. program with this Buffalo State Fast Track option:
1) BA Biology
2) BA Chemistry
3) BA Geology (BS Earth Sciences only with foreign language requirement)
4) BA Physics (BS Physics only with foreign language requirement)
Official transcripts are not required for candidates on Buffalo State Fast Track.

Program Requirements

Required Courses 37 cr
Professional Education and Science Education 21 cr

SCI 502 Secondary Science Education Teaching: Theory, Content and Pedagogy
SCI 545 Literacy for Teaching Science
SCI 650 Current Topics in Science Education
SCI 664 Teaching Science with Technology
EXE 500 Individuals with Special Needs
SPF 503 Education Psychology
EDU 609 Improving Reading in the Content Areas

Practica 13 cr
SCI 677 Middle School Science Teaching Experience
SCI 678 High School Science Teaching Experience
SCI 679 Seminar in Science Education (1 cr)

Culminating Project 3 cr
SCI 690 Master's Project (3 cr)

Total Required Credit Hours 37 cr
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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