The MAT in Science Education is designed to promote science learning for teachers through the use of innovative teaching methods in the classroom, laboratory, and field, and authentic assessment strategies that are applicable to the classroom. The program is based on the research, goals, vision, and best practices derived from the science education community.
Students may enroll in one of two concentrations:
5-9 Middle Level Science Certification
7-12 Life Sciences Education Certification
The program provides the opportunity for a beginning teacher to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions about the development, implementation, and assessment of meaningful science programs in school districts. These efforts will ensure that science teachers will develop into effective classroom teachers and be prepared according to the National Science Education Standards and the National Science Teachers Association Standards for Science Teacher Preparation. This program is intended for individuals holding a degree in a science field, but not yet certified, or for individuals making a career change from a science-related field.
You may also be interested in the Master of Science, Science Education program if you already hold a teaching degree.
To make full use of Plymouth’s research facilities, most courses for the science education programs are held on campus, although some are periodically offered in Concord and online.
This program is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as well as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
International Student Requirements:
International students must have proof of English level proficiency through either the TOEFL, IELTS, or ELS Level 112 scores.
In addition, you must provide an I-134 Affidavit of Financial Support Form. Documents, including bank statements and other financial documents dated within the past 30 days, that confirm you have the financial resources to study for a year at Plymouth State must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
You must also include a copy of your valid passport with your application materials.
Finally, you must also submit official, notarized transcripts, verifying that you've completed at least a baccalaureate degree, which must be translated into English and evaluated for institutional equivalency.