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
  • $357.00
  • $676.00

Program Overview

The online Master of Applied Science with a specialization in Science for Educators degree program is designed to enhance educators' science content knowledge and pedagogy experience to create applicable, standards-based curriculum.

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

  • Acquire new and enhanced knowledge of science concepts and examine science in the context of the world around us.
  • Integrate standards-based science content with age-appropriate pedagogy and establish connections between the natural and designed world, linking science and technology
  • Apply science content to real-world challenges, develop relevant, standards-based curriculum materials and inspire students with science in action.
  • Advance their teacher education so they can better prepare their students for careers in STEM

Degree Project: The Applied Science, MAS (Science for Educators) program includes a 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. 

Career Outlook: Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. In addition, Overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 124,300 openings for kindergarten and elementary school teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. 

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
  • Public Health Professionals

Specializations: The Master of Applied Science (MAS) is a flexible program that allows students the option to personalize the program around a specialization. Science for Educators is a specialization area of the Master of Applied Science. Students declare a specialization when applying for admission, or when establishing a plan of study.

Specialization areas in the Master of Applied Science (MAS) program:

  • Community Development (36 credit hours)
  • Science for Educators (30 credit hours)
  • Beef Cattle Production (30 credit hours)

Specifically, the Science for Educators specialization includes coursework 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.

Why choose the MAS program?

The program offers:

  • A professional degree in agricultural science, community development and natural resources at the master’s level
  • Flexibility that allows the student to design an area of study that addresses your educational goals
  • 100% online, flexible courses allowing students to complete courses while continuing to work in their profession

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

    Students should submit a written personal statement explaining why they want to pursue a Master of Applied Science degree. In addition, the student should describe how obtaining this degree will help your personal, career, and/or professional goals, as well as their level of commitment to the successful completion of this degree.

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

  5. Official/Unoffical 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 educational needs.

The Specialization in Science for Educators requires a minimum of nine hours which 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.

Elective courses include a list of current options. However, the program is flexible and additional options are available to available to fill this requirement.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
NRES/AGRI/HORT/AGRO 897Master of Applied Science Project3 - 6
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. Prerequisites: Admission to Master of Applied Science degree program
ENTO 810Insects as Educational Tools for the Classroom3
Overview of insects. Insect diversity, insect structure and function, insect ecology and behavior, and the beneficial and detrimental roles insects play. Integrating the study of insects into the classroom to enhance science education. Prerequisites: Introductory entomology course.
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.
FDST 801Teaching Applications of Food Service3
Overview of the science of food and how food can be used in the classroom to enhance science education.

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.
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 minerals, 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.
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.
ENTO 806Insect Ecology3
Biotic and abiotic factors as they influence insect development, behavior, distribution, and abundance.
AGRO 821Learning Biotechnology3
This course focuses on investigating biotechnology and its application in solving problems and connecting biotechnology to basic science concepts in biology and chemistry. It also integrates individually designed biotechnology lessons into learning standards. Prerequisites: Successful completion of a minimum of 12 hours of plant science courses.
AGRO 832Learning Plant Science3
This course combines the biology of plants grown for food, fiber, fuel, and fun with the practice of teaching plant science in the classroom and beyond. Students will master basic plant biology concepts in biology and chemistry for use in developing individually designed educational applied plant science lesson plans and integrating the plans into science learning standards and curricula. While the course is geared toward science educators, the content will also greatly benefit agribusiness and horticultural professionals who want to improve their skills in presenting and explaining basic plant science concepts. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 12 hours of plant science courses.
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.

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.