Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Admission Requirements

Candidates new to Buffalo State College

Potential candidates will follow Buffalo State College entrance procedures, which include an online Graduate School Application (graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/admissions). 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 department's program coordinator for a transcript review and a pre-application interview.

The following criteria must also be met:

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions that the candidate has attended.
  2. Overall GPA 3.0 or higher.
  3. Proficiency in a foreign language through the 102 level (one year of foreign language).
  4. Science certification area (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology or Physics) GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. A minimum of thirty credit hours in the science discipline (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology, or Physics) in which certification is sought.
  6. Statement of intent that should include:
    1. reasons for pursuing graduate study in science education;
    2. career aspirations;
    3. special interests within the field;
    4. 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

For candidates with undergraduate degrees from SUNY Buffalo State, Science Education has agreements 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 SUNY Buffalo State who meet the above admission requirements can move directly into the M.S.Ed. program with this Buffalo State Fast Track option:

  1. B.A. Biology
  2. B.S. Chemistry
  3. B.A. Geology; B.S. Earth Sciences
  4. B.A. Physics; B.S. Physics

Official transcripts are not required for candidates on Buffalo State Fast Track.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (31-37 credit hours)
Professional Education and Science Education (15-21 credit hours)
SCI 502SECONDARY SCIENCE EDUCATION TEACHING: THEORY, CONTENT AND PEDAGOGY3
SCI 545LITERACY FOR TEACHING SCIENCE3
SCI 650CURRICULAR RESEARCH TOPICS IN SCIENCE3
SCI 664TEACHING SCIENCE WITH TECHNOLOGY3
EXE 500INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS3
SPF 503EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
EDU 609RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN ADOLESCENT LITERACY3
Practica (13 credit hours)
SCI 677INITIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHING EXPERIENCE6
SCI 678INITIAL HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHING EXPERIENCE6
SCI 679SEMINAR IN SCIENCE EDUCATION1
Culminating Project (3 credit hours)
SCI 690MASTER'S PROJECT3
Total Credit Hours31-37