Student and faculty working in the woods to research

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. Sydney J. Harris

Applied Science Education—MS

Fast Facts

  • NSF awarded $1,337,520.00 to the "Michigan Teacher Excellence Program (MITEP): A Model for Improving Earth Science Education Nationwide"
  • The Earth System Science Track (ESS) was initiated with support from the National Science Foundation.
  • The Michigan Tech Teacher Preparation Program is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Learn more about the Applied Science Education program.

Graduate Programs in Applied Science Education

The Applied Science and Mathematics Track is the original MS-ASE degree for professional educators. It is designed for teachers with at least one year of experience, who wish to improve their knowledge and application of science and mathematics in the classroom.

The Earth System Science Track (ESS) is designed for in-service teachers who want to improve their understanding of Earth Science. Teachers can earn an Earth Science endorsement.

Learn more about the Applied Science Education program.

Master's Degree: Report Option

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. 

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project:

Course work 24 credits
Report 2–6 credits
Total (minimum) 30 credits
Distribution of course work credit  
5000–6000 series (minimum) 12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum) 12 credits


Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.