Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Science Teaching, Master of Arts


Academic Information

The Master of Arts in Science Teaching Degree (MAST), offered by the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) is a rigorous program designed for practicing teachers to deepen their knowledge of the content and to enhance their classroom practice through a focus on research-based teaching strategies that make science accessible to learners. The program is unique in that it focuses solely on science education allowing students to be part of a supportive cohort of high-achieving science teachers taught by faculty who specialize and conduct research in science education. We strive to provide a cutting-edge, high-quality program that will utilize your professional experiences and build upon your content knowledge to become a highly effective secondary teacher and leader.

Please note: This academic plan does not result in K-12 public-school teacher certification.
 

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Science Teaching, Master of Arts


Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in Science Teaching?

Are you a science teacher who enjoys keeping up with all the latest scientific discoveries? Would you like to learn more about how to effectively teach your students? If so, then Northern Arizona University can help.

The Master of Arts in Science Teaching (MAST) program is designed to help you enhance your science content knowledge and pedagogical skills. All programs of study are designed to meet your specific needs, whether it is to fill in knowledge gaps, expand content understandings in an area of strength, or help to gain an endorsement in a new area of science.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • More effective high school educator
  • More effective middle school educator
  • Science education leader
  • Further academic study (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D.)

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Science Teaching, Master of Arts


University Requirements

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Science Teaching, Master of Arts


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Major GPA 3.0
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Thesis Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
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Purpose Statement
 
The Science Teaching M.S. degree program (MAST) degree is designed to meet your needs as a professional science educator.  The program can be taken on the Flagstaff campus or synchronous online through video conferencing. Whether you want to increase your knowledge of pedagogy or science content in order to improve your practice or you are interested in becoming a leader in your school or district, we are here to help you.
The MAST degree is designed for:

 
While many MAST students continue to work during the program, it is possible to complete the program as a full-time, on-campus student. This allows you to take a greater variety of science content courses and provides the opportunity to engage with faculty on science education research projects. Competitive graduate assistantships are available to mitigate tuition costs and provide a monthly stipend (see the funding section below). We would highly recommend this option for incoming international students.
 
Student Learning Outcomes

The Learner & Learning: 
Content: 
Instructional Practice 
Professional Responsibility

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Science Teaching, Master of Arts


Details

Additional Admission Requirements
Master's Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Science Teaching, Master of Arts


Campus Availability

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