Applied Science, MAS (Science for Educators)

Master of Applied Science Degree with a Specialization in Science for Educators

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 30
  • $446.00
  • $676.00

Program Overview

The online Science for Educators Specialization is part of the Master of Applied Science (MAS) program and is designed to enhance educators' science content knowledge, demonstrate pedagogy that drives learning experiences and support educators to create applicable, standards-based curriculum.

Students choose the Applied, MAS (Science for Educators) program to:

  • Acquiring new and enhanced knowledge of science concepts and examining science in the context of the world around us
  • Integrating standards-based science content with age-appropriate pedagogy and establishing connections between the natural and designed world, linking science and technology
  • Applying science content to real-world challenges, developing relevant, standards-based curriculum materials and inspiring students with science in action

The requirements for this program include 36 credit hours of coursework with at least 18 credit hours completed for the Science for Educators specialization. Every course uses an approach that shows how, why and where science fits into the real world and applications for curriculum. Courses integrate systems-thinking and are consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards.

A unique aspect of the Science for Educators Specialization, MAS program is the degree project. This project replaces a traditional master's thesis and is intended to be of immediate value in the student's workplace for career advancement. 

The Applied Science, MAS (Science for Educators) degree program provides valuable knowledge that can be applied to a multitude of careers in education, including:

  • Elementary teachers
  • Middle & high school science teachers
  • Community college educators
  • Extension Educators
  • Home school instructors

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Degree should be in the life sciences, education or an undergraduate degree (or higher) in a related area.

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. A written personal statement

    Submit a letter of intent outlining the following: Explain why you want to pursue a Master of Applied Science degree. Elucidate how obtaining this degree will help your personal, career, and/or professional goals. Describe what you are you doing now that relates to this degree. Describe your level of commitment to successful completion of the degree.

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for Graduate Studies
  2. Pay $50 application fees
  3. Submit separate application to academic department
  4. Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students in this program work with their adviser to develop a program of study that is consistent with their interests and expertise. To complete the Specialization in Science for Educators, a minimum of nine hours should be selected from the core courses plus a minimum of three credit hours for a Master of Applied Science Project. The project is developed in consultation between the student and the adviser.

The elective courses outlined are an outline of current options. However, the program is flexible and additional options are available to meet the needs of the student.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
NRES/AGRI 897Master of Applied Science Project3
Project activity for the Master of Applied Science degree. Design, develop and complete a project that requires synthesis of the course topics covered in the primary area of emphasis. Crosslisted as AGRI 897, HORT 897, NRES 897 Prereqs: Admission to Master of Applied Science degree program.
ENTO 810Insects as Educational Tools for the Classroom3
Prereq: Introductory entomology course or permission. Class taught via Blackboard. Offered fall semester. Insect diversity, insect structure and function, insect ecology and behavior, and the beneficial and detrimental roles of insects. Integrates the study of insects into the classroom to enhance science education.
AGRO 832Learning Plant Science3
The biology of plants grown for food, fiber, fuel and fun. Connect applied plant science to basic science concepts in biology and chemistry. Integrate individually-designed plant science lessons into learning standards.
SCIL 800Experiential Learning in Food, Energy & Water Systems II3
A multifaceted experience that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students. Students will complete an internship or a research project in an approved professional or academic setting that will provide them with a challenging and engaging experience. As part of this experience, students will cater knowledge and skills from the minor as appropriate for a professional career, begin to build a network for support and future employment, and clarify individual professional goals and strategies for career development. The experience will culminate in the development of a creative product that illustrates the students’ knowledge and skills relevant to food, energy, and/or water systems. Prereqs: 15 hours of coursework towards the Food, Energy, and Water in Society Minor including SCIL 300 (at the 400 level) or 12 hours of graduate coursework (at the 800 level).
AGRO 821Learning Biotechnology3
Investigate biotechnology and its application in solving problems and connect biotechnology to basic science concepts in biology and chemistry. Integrate individually-designed biotechnology lessons into learning standards.
NRES 822Laboratory Earth: Earth’s Changing Systems3
Fundamental concepts related to understanding Earth's changing natural systems in the past, present, and the future. The cycling of matter and energy; the relationship between human activity and environmental change; and the consequence of these relationships.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
NRES 832Laboratory Earth: Human Dimensions of Climate Change3
Examine science behind global climate change. Use primary data sets to understand the implications for climate change at global and regional/local scales. Focus on potential impacts on human systems including drought, sea level rise, severe weather and populations most likely to be impacted by climate change. Designed for science educators. NRES 832 is offered spring semesters.
NRES 809Laboratory Earth: Earth and Its Systems3
The earth as a system and the "real world" applications of fundamental physical science processes in this system. Interaction of energy and matter in the geosphere, in the hydrosphere, and in the atmosphere. The earth's relationships to the sun, moon, and other astronomical objects in the solar system.
NRES 814Laboratory Earth: Earth's Natural Resource Systems3
Fundamental concepts in the Earth and physical sciences in the understanding of Earth's natural resource systems. Rock and mineral, water, soil, and energy resources. Social factors, human dependence, and the impact of these on natural resource systems.
NRES 830Laboratory Earth: Climate Change Research Applications3
Climate-change issues serve as a context to develop research questions and design a discrete, locally oriented research project through which they define a problem, analyze data, and develop conclusions to potentially impact decision-making in their community. Designed for science educators. NRES 830 is offered fall semesters.
FDST 801Teaching Applications of Food Science3
Overview of the science of food and how food can be used in the classroom to enhance science education. Prereqs: BIOS 101 and CHEM 109. FDST 401/801 will not count toward a FDST major or minor.
NRES 898Laboratory Earth: Earth & Geospatial Technology3
Gain a practical understanding of the concepts and applications of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Remote Sensing Technologies. Collect, analyze and explain geospatial data. The course may aid participants in developing content congruent with National Science Content Standard 3: Physical Science as well as Standard 6: Science and technology and National Science Teaching Standards A-C.
ENTO 806Insect Ecology3
Prereq: NRES/BIOS 220 and 222. ENTO 406/806 is offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Offered on in the spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Interrelationships of the biotic and abiotic factors as they influence insect development, behavior, distribution, and abundance.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

David Gosselin, Ph.D.

David Gosselin is a professor of Earth science. Over the past 15 years, developing educational programs in the area of Earth systems science has become his passion. The common theme among his research activities has been geochemistry, water-rock interaction and fluid migration. His work has emphasized understanding the occurrence of arsenic and uranium in public water supplies and trying to develop a more economic approach to dealing with this water quality issue.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.