Master of Science in Applied Science Education
For Science and Math (6-12)
The Master of Science in Applied Science Education (MS-ASE) degree is designed to meet the needs of secondary science and mathematics teachers who want to: 1) improve their knowledge and application of science and/or mathematics in the classroom, 2) continue their professional development, and 3) accomplish the goals of national and state curriculum standards.
This program offers a graduate degree for in-service secondary science and mathematics teachers that promotes professional growth within their discipline and addresses classroom and students’ needs. Through their coursework, graduate students will develop an advanced ability to improve science and mathematics instruction in grades 6-12 by including student-centered practices contextualized in real world applications. This emphasis is a priority in both state and national standards for secondary science and mathematics education. Through their research, students will demonstrate the ability to study the effects of instructional improvements.
An Innovative, Experiential Curriculum
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.
For additional requirements, see the MS-ASE Handbook.
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|
MS-ASE Tuition Reduction
The tuition rate for graduate students enrolled in the MS in Applied Science Education graduate degree tracks is 35 percent less than the standard Michigan Tech graduate student tuition rate. Note that only teachers with current certification qualify for reduced tuition.