Science Education K-8, M.Ed.


Contact: Dr. Virgil Fredenberg
(907) 796-6082

Dr. Lee Graham
(907) 796-6047

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

Application Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 nonrefundable application fee
  2. Official academic transcript indicating a baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
  3. Two recommendations addressing professional dispositions on specific forms provided by the UAS School of Education
  4. 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. Additional information and links to forms at:
Minimum Credit Hours36
Program Requirements36
Program Requirements
EDET S636The Impact of Technology on Student Learning3
EDET S637Differentiating Instruction Through Technology3
EDET S668Educational Technology Leadership3
EDMA S608Mathematical Problem Solving for K-8 Teachers3
EDST S601Physics Content for K-8 Teachers3
EDST S602Chemistry Content for K-8 Teachers3
EDST S603Earth and Space Science Content for K-8 Teachers3
EDST S604Life Science Content for K-8 Teachers3
EDST S605Great Ideas in Science3
EDST S675Selected Topics in STEM3
EDST S691 (Internship in STEM)3
EDST S698Master's Portfolio3
Total Credits36

Exit Criteria

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