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Master of Education

The M.Ed. is offered with emphasis in Educational Leadership, Learning Design and Technology, Mathematics Education, Reading, Science Education, and Special Education. The Master of Education programs extend and develop classroom skills and abilities of practicing teachers in elementary and secondary education. Applicants to the Master of Education program must have a Bachelor of Education degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, and/or a current teaching certificate.

For programs which include an internship or practicum, a supervision fee will be assessed to help defray the cost of the supervisor’s travel.

Program Assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Science Education K-8, M.Ed.

The M.Ed. in Science is intended to help certified K-8 teachers increase their knowledge and understanding of science content (physical, earth, space, life science) as well as the pedagogy appropriate for teaching science in the K-8 classroom. The program is fully aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards but is designed specifically for Alaskan schools with the inclusion of students with special needs and the celebration of Alaska’s rich and unique cultural and natural history. The themes of inquiry and place-based learning form the foundation for the program. Blended learning and the flipped classroom round out the pedagogy. Technology tools for differentiating instruction through simulations and virtual labs are emphasized.

Candidates must prepare an exit portfolio, demonstrating competency in the nine outcomes of the School of Education (i.e. philosophy, development, diversity, content, student learning, learning environment, professionalism, technology). The M.Ed. Science Education K-8 program is not an initial teacher certification program.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 non-refundable application fee
  2. Official academic transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
  3. Three years public school teaching experience
  4. Letter of recommendation or support from the superintendent of schools and school board of the district in which the internship will occur
  5. Statement of professional Objectives — this is a 2-3 page typewritten and double spaced formal paper containing a summary of educational experience, a description of professional goals related to what is needed to teach students in Alaska and beyond, and a statement of how the program for advanced teaching candidates might help in attaining those goals. (An advanced teaching candidate is someone who is currently teaching, has taught, has experience in education, or has a teaching credential and access to a classroom for field experience). This statement will be judged in terms of readability and style as well as compatibility of the student’s objectives, expectations and the goals of the program.

More information and links to forms can be found on the School of Education website.


Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours36
Program Requirements36

Major Requirements

EDETS636Impact of Technology on Student Learning3
EDETS637Differentiated Instruction Through Technology3
EDETS668Educational Technology Leadership3
EDMAS608Mathematical Problem Solving3
EDSTS601Physics Content for K-8 Teachers3
EDSTS602Chemistry Content for K-8 Teachers3
EDSTS603Earth and Space Science Content for K-8 Teachers3
EDSTS604Life Science Content for K-8 Teachers3
EDSTS605Great Ideas in Science3
EDSTS675Current Topics in STEM3
EDSTS691Internship in STEM3
EDSTS698Master’s Portfolio3

Exit Criteria

  1. GPA of 3.00
  2. Satisfactory completion of all courses

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