Master’s of Science (MSEd) in Science Education

Graduate Programs

The master’s program in Science Education is designed primarily for the continuing preparation of public school teachers. Areas of specialization include:

  • Earth/Space Science Education
  • Elementary Science Education
  • Biology Education
  • Chemistry Education
  • Geo-environmental Education
  • General Science
  • Physics Education

This residential program has rolling admission. Applications must be fully complete and submitted (including all required materials) and all application fees paid prior to the deadline in order for applications to be considered and reviewed. For a list of all required materials for this program application, please see the “Admissions” tab below.

July 1 is the deadline for Fall applications.

November 15 is the deadline for Spring applications.

March 15 is the deadline for Summer applications.


This program does not lead to licensure in the state of Indiana or elsewhere. Contact the College of Education Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) at before continuing with program application if you have questions regarding licensure or contact your state Department of Education about how this program may translate to licensure in your state of residence.


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Application Instructions for the Science Education MSED program from the Office of Graduate Studies:

In addition to a submitted application (and any applicable application fees paid), the following materials are required for admission consideration, and all completed materials must be submitted by the application deadline in order for an application to be considered complete and forwarded on to faculty and the Purdue Graduate School for review.

Here are the materials required for this application

We encourage prospective students submit an application early, even if not all required materials are uploaded. Applications are not forwarded on for faculty review until all required materials are uploaded.

When submitting your application for this program, please select the following options:

  • Campus and Program Tab:
    • Select a Campus: Purdue West Lafayette (PWL)
    • Select your proposed graduate major: Curriculum and Instruction
  • First Choice Program Details Tab:
    • Please select an Area of Interest: Please select your particular concentration of interest from the following list:
      • Earth/Space Science Education
      • Biology Education
      • Chemistry Education
      • Geoenvironmental Education
      • Physics Education
      • If you are unsure about your concentration of interest, please select Science Education.
    • Please select a Degree Objective: Master of Science in Education (MSED)
    • Primary Course Delivery: Residential

Program Requirements

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The program is comprised of coursework in curriculum and instruction, science education, and science content. The thesis option requires a minimum of 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis credit. The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work.

Science Education Requirements

  • EDCI 51700, Survey of Science Education (3cr.)
  • EDCI 51800, The Nature of Science in Science Teaching (3cr.)
  • EDCI 51000, Research Colloquium in Science Education (1 cr.)

Science Education Elective Requirement

  • Select two courses from:
    • EDCI 50600
    • EDCI 51600
    • EDCI 53900
    • EDCI 55800
    • EDCI 56700
    • EDCI 60500
    • EDCI 61800
    • EDCI 61900
    • EDCI 62000
    • CHM 61000

Science Content Requirement

Depending on prior science coursework and professional experience, at least 6 credits science content

Curriculum and Instruction Foundations

  • EDCI 58500, Multicultural Education
  • C&I Elective (3cr.)

Educational Research Design

  • EDPS 53300, Introduction to Research in Education or equivalent

Science Education Research

  • EDCI 69800, Research MS Thesis (6cr.) or EDCI 59000, Individual Research Problems (3-6 cr.)
  • Competencies Portfolio

*Please note that depending on prior coursework additional courses in EDCI and/or EDPS may be required.


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Continuing Lecturer Science EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 496-6647
Executive Director, Indiana GEAR UP & Assistant Research Professor Agroecology & Science EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 496-1862
Director CATALYST & Professor Science EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 496-2859 Work Phone: (765) 496-2923
Work Phone: (765) 494-9635
Assistant Professor Science EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: 765-496-6194
Associate Professor Engineering Education, Science EducationCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-7512 Website: Personal Website Website: Research Website
Associate Professor Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, CATALYSTCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-6897 Website: Curriculum Vitae


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