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Science Education, M.S.Ed

About the Program

Major Code:

SBI (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher Certification in Biology 7-12)

SCH (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher Certification in Chemistry 7-12)

SEA (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher Certification in Earth Science 7-12)

SPH (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher Certification in Physics 7-12)

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This Master of Science 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 31-37 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

160 Science and Math Complex
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6731
Fax: (716) 878-4524

Admission Requirements

Candidates new to Buffalo State College:

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 3.0 or higher.
3. One year of foreign language.
4. Science certification area (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology, or Physics) GPA of 3.0 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 (3.0 or higher overall and 3.0 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 31-37 cr
Professional Education and Science Education 15-21 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 (6 cr)
SCI 678 High School Science Teaching Experience (6 cr)
SCI 679 Seminar in Science Education (1 cr)

Culminating Project 3 cr
SCI 690 Master's Project

Total Required Credit Hours 31-37 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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