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Graduate Program

Master of Science in Science Education

Looking for carefully sequenced NGSS-aligned courses to deepen your content knowledge and instructional practices? 

DePaul University’s MS in Science Education currently has space in its Fall 2016 cohort for in-servic​e K-12 teachers. Cohort members will benefit fro​​m a 25% tuition discount for all twelve graduate-level courses (48 credit hours). Complete your master's in two years through this cohort-based program with small class sizes designed specifically for teachers.

Our program features:

Hybrid courses that integrate on-line and in-person learning and collaboration

​​​Several of our courses are “hybrids,” meaning that about half of the content is delivered online. This means you spend less time driving to campus to attend classes after work. Our instructors have gone through DePaul University’s award-winning DOTS faculty training program, so they know how to create online experiences that are as effective as face-to-face instruction. And ​​don’t worry – you do not have to be a computer expert to be able to take these classes!​​​​​​​​​​​

Integration of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in every course, including science content courses aligned to the Disciplinary Core Ideas

​"The NGSS represent an exciting new opportunity to raise the standards for K-12 science education for all students.  But as with any change, teachers will need support to understand the shifts in instruction called for by the NGSS.  The MSSE program will help teachers deepen their understanding of the core concepts and ideas identif​ied by the NGSS so that they will be better able to support their students in their own classrooms.  Explicit references and connections to the NGSS are made throughout the program, with teachers engaging i​n high quality learning ​experiences from faculty that have paid close attention to these new standards when designing their courses."  —Wendy Jackson, Specialist at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of Berkeley-California, on the integration of NGSS into the MSSE curriculum.​​​​​​​​​​​

A new NGSS-focused seminar that interweaves the three dimensions through case studies, discussions, and experimentation​

​​​​This course will deepens teachers’ understanding of the three dimensions of the NGSS: 
1. Core ideas in four disciplinary areas: physical science; life sciences; earth and space sciences; and engineering, technology, and applications of science. 
2. Crosscutting concepts that unify the study of science and engin​eering through their common application across fields.
3. Science and Engineering Practices. 
​The seminar includes focused discussions around the instructional shifts called out in the NGSS and provides a foundational understanding of teaching approaches that support NGSS.​​​​​
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Innovative, high-impact science experiences, including a high-altitude ballooning physical science course, where you will design and build scientific payloads and launch them into Earth’s upper atmosphere on a weather balloon.

"Have you ever wanted to teach in space? As an MSSE student you can! In the STEM 411 class we build experiments and launch them on a weather balloon above 99% of the Earth's atmosphere. High-altitude ballooning is not just an exciting experience, it is also an opportunity to integrate science and engineering practices, and apply physical science and life science core ideas in the real world." — Dr. Bernhard Beck-Winchatz, Professor of STEM Studies, describing the ballooning course.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Drawing upon faculty in both the College of Scien​​​ce and Health and the College of Education, the program includes courses that prepare master teachers in science, specifically for K-12. It emphasizes grades six through nine, but is open to all teachers wishing to advance their science content knowledge and science teaching skills.  We know that teachers are extremely busy, so we make sure that everything learned will be relevant for work in the classroom.

Courses are taught by full-time science and science education faculty  who understand the importance and the challenges of your work in the classroom. They are nationally recognized experts in their fields who are equally at home in the latest scientific research, the K-12 curriculum and the Next Generation Science Standards. ​ 

If you have specific questions about our program, please contact the Associate Director, Victoria Simek, by email vsimek@depaul.edu​ or phone (773) 325-4790.

Our Program Office is located at:
990 W. Fullerton, Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60614
773-325-4777​​