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Summary of Science Education Course Requirements

The graduate certificate in Science Education is designed for Ph.D. students who are interested in developing expertise in science education across and within a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including cognition, sociocultural, and feminist/critical perspectives along with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Ph.D. students enrolled in the graduate certificate in Science Education will be required to take 9 credits, which are to include the following courses: TE 936 and TE 937.

To enroll in the Graduate Certification for Science Education, please complete this form and e-mail it to Dr. Gail Richmond at

To apply for graduation from the Graduate Certification in Science Education, please complete this form and submit it to Linda Brandau at

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Science Education

Students must complete 9 credits as follows:

1. TE 936 Topics in Research on Teaching and Learning Science (2 enrollments; total of 6 credits)

2. TE 937 Topics in Social, Historical, Philosophical Foundations of Science Education (3 credits)

In addition to taking TE936 (6 credits) and TE937 (3 credits), student must also complete a project course of either TE990 or TE995. The project course must have content and work which strongly relates to science education to be considered for this graduate certificate.

Fall Course Offerings:

TE 936 (Each year; 3 credits): Research on Teaching and Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Contexts

Course description: Broadly, this course will address research on teaching and learning in STEM contexts and will also foreground teacher learning or student learning in alternating years. In a particular year, the course will address specific areas of research, depending upon faculty and student interests. Possible topics include: teacher learning, student learning, and assessment of teaching and/or learning. NOTE: TE 936 will REPLACE the current TE 955.

Spring Course Offerings:

TE 937 (Even years; 3 credits): Social, Historical, Philosophical Foundations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Research

Course description: This course will provide background in areas which serve as foundations for research in STEM education. In a given year, one foundational area will be highlighted, depending upon faculty and student interests. Possible topics include diversity, social justice, and equity research; feminist, post-structural research frames; critical pedagogy. NOTE: TE 937 will replace the current TE 991a.

Science Education Project

Ph.D. students who seek to earn the graduate certification in science education must complete a project course (TE990 or TE995) which must involve an investigation of a topic in science education. Research may focus on issues around theory, policy, curriculum, teaching, learning, teacher education, or assessment as it pertains to understanding problems and issues in science education. Project proposals must be submitted, reviewed and approved by a subset of faculty and the individual's advisor at least one semester prior to the anticipated enactment. This project may serve to fulfill the departmental research practicum requirement and/or be the basis for a comprehensive examination artifact.

Anticipated Sequence within Science Education

Ph.D. students enrolled in science education must take each of the proposed courses. Because of the rotating foci of 936 and 937, students can elect to take 936 and 937 more than once. In order to maintain maximum flexibility for both students and affiliated faculty, the order in which these courses are taken can be decided by the individual in consultation with her guidance committee. The project (TE 990 or TE 995) cannot be undertaken until after the three courses are taken, so that a foundation for this work is established.

Hayat Al Hokayem
Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction
Throughout the years I have spent as a high school biology teacher and Master’s student in Beirut, I have experienced the complexity of the classroom that requires further observation, contemplation and research. As a result I have chosen to further explore student learning by applying to a PhD at MSU; why MSU ? First, it has a renowned reputation in teacher education, and second it has many professors in science education that work on various conceptual and methodological frameworks. Therefore ... ... read more
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