Applied Science and Mathematics
Applied Science and Mathematics Track:
For In-Service Teachers
Earn a Master of Science in Applied Science Education while updating your teaching skills, focusing on improving your content knowledge in science and mathematics, and applying these subjects in the classroom. Michigan Tech’s program emphasizes meeting the educational needs of students in grades 6–12, equipping teachers with the expertise to incorporate innovative applications, inquiry, and practical examples into their lessons.
The applied science and mathematics track is designed for professional educators who are certified to teach science or math at the secondary level and who possess at least one year of teaching experience. Our graduate program will support your professional development through summer institutes at Michigan Tech and online course work during the school year.
Gain Professional Certification
An advanced degree is a smart choice for teachers who wish to transition from provisional to professional certification. Teachers receive financial and career benefits from an application-focused master’s degree; however, the most rewarding outcome of your training will be the positive impact you have on your students’ learning.
An Innovative, Experiential Curriculum
Upon receipt of your degree, you will be able to demonstrate advanced ability to integrate technological literacy and real-world applications into mathematics and science curricula for secondary-school students. This skill set is a priority in the national conversation about reform in secondary education.
Teachers in our program interact with world-class faculty in science education, science, and engineering—benefiting from their classroom experiences and successes—and receive training in innovative teaching methods and applications. Join an inquiry-based graduate community that supports your professional development and addresses your students’ needs.
The Michigan Tech Teacher Preparation Program is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.
Science Education Core Courses, 6 credits
Offered as online distance learning courses during the academic year
|ED 5700 Introduction to Education Research||2 credits|
|ED 5730 STEM Learning Materials, Inquiry and Assessment||2 credits|
|ED 5740 Designing Education Research||2 credits|
Applied Science Core Courses, 12 credits
Offered as intensive institutes during the summer
Take ENG 5100:
|ENG 5100 The Engineering Process||4 credits|
Take two of the following three:
|ENG 5200 Engineering Applications in the Physical Sciences||4 credits|
|ENG 5300 Engineering Applications in the Earth Sciences||4 credits|
|ENG 5400 Engineering Applications in the Life Sciences||4 credits|
Industry or Research Internship, 3-6 credits
The internship is a full time one- or two-month summer position doing applied science or mathematics.
|ED 5800 Applied Internship for Educators||variable to 6 credits|
Graduate Research Report, 2 credits
Enrollment in this course is mandatory at the time of completion and presentation of the report to your committee.
|ED 5900 Graduate Research in Education||variable to 6 credits|
Elective Science/Math Education, Mathematics and/or Science Courses, 4-7 credits
Only credits approved by the department will be accepted.
University Degree Requirements
This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. The report must be prepared following the current procedures.
At least two weeks prior to the oral examination, students must
- Schedule their examination using the Pre-defense form
- Distribute the report to the examining committee
- Submit the report to the Graduate School
The Degree schedule form must be approved before a defense is scheduled.
Students must also report the results of the oral examination and submit the final report to the Graduate School using the current procedures.
Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project.
|Course work||24 credits|
|Total (minimum)||30 credits|
|Distribution of course work credit|
|5000–6000 series (minimum)||12 credits|
|3000–4000 level (maximum)||12 credits|
For additional requirements, see the MS-ASE Handbook.