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Applied Science Education

Science education is crucial, linked strongly to new discoveries, advanced research, and economic prosperity. Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International program in Applied Science Education, a joint effort between the Chemistry and Cognitive and Learning Sciences departments, prepares you to fill the critical need for science and math teachers in the United States—and around the world. Gain experience working with different cultures while bringing science education to underserved populations of people.

Study Locally, Learn Globally

If you’re struggling with the decision about whether to pursue a master’s degree or enter the Peace Corps, our program—the only one of its kind in the nation—provides the right solution. You’ll receive an intensive and diverse foundational education, learning in Michigan Tech’s state-of-the-art labs and research facilities. Then, receive your Peace Corps placement and travel abroad, using your knowledge to serve the people and meet the needs of your host country. You’ll immerse yourself in a different culture and work with diverse populations, preparing you well to meet the needs of students around the world.

Course Work and Prerequisites


You should have an undergraduate degree with a strong academic record in any field of science or engineering. Students who are not certified teachers may enter the program, but should be aware that if they choose to seek certification this typically extends their timeline. Students should make contact with their advisor in the Cognitive and Learning Sciences Department, Division of Teacher Education to work out course equivalencies.

Course Schedule

Fall semester—9 credits

  • ED4720 Methods of Teaching Science (2 cr)
  • ED5110 Educational Psychology (2 cr)
  • ED5210 Principles of Education (2 cr)
  • ED5700 Introduction to Education Research (2 cr)
  • SS5201 Cultural Dimensions of International Immersion and Research (1 cr)

Spring semester—11 credits

  • ED4150 / HU4150 Literacy in the Content Areas (4 cr)
  • ED4700 Fundamentals of Instruction (3 cr)
  • ED5730 STEM Learning Materials, Inquiry and Assessment (2 cr)
  • FW5770 Rural Community Development Planning and Analysis (2 cr)

Summer semester—4 credits

One course from:

  • ENG5100 The Engineering Process (4 cr)
  • ENG5200 Engineering Applications in the Physical Sciences (4 cr)
  • ENG5300 Engineering Applications in the Earth Sciences (4 cr)
  • ENG5400 Engineering Applications in the Life Sciences (4 cr)

Required Peace Corps courses—6-7 credits

  • ED5994 Field Work in International Science Education (1 cr) (2 years overseas) repeatable to 18
  • ED5900 Graduate Research in Education (1 cr) upon completion of Peace Corps service

If seeking Teacher Certification you need ED5920, ED5921, ED5900 and pass the MTTC Professional Readiness Exam prior to taking ED5920

  • ED5920 Teaching Internship – Prep 6 credits (placement in our local schools)
  • ED5921 International Teaching Internship (1cr) repeatable to 18 (2 years overseas)
  • ED5900 Graduate Research in Education (1cr) (return from overseas)