Science for Educators Specialization, MAS

Master of Applied Science

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $356.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $628.50

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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. 

The Science for Educators Specialization, MAS program emphasizes science content inquiry, integration and application by:

  • 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 masters thesis and is intended to be of immediate value in the students workplace for career advancement.

This 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
Matthew Douglass, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator

Matthew Douglass's research has focused on Geoarchaeology and Prehistoric Human Environmental Interaction in semi-arid regions of the world, as well as Public Engagement and Cultural Resource Management in the Great Plains. Douglass is actively engaged in public outreach projects with the National Forest Service and the Center for Great Plains Studies and has interdisciplinary research collaborations in Australia and Africa, including the Koobi Fora Field School at Lake Turkana, Northern Kenya.

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, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
  • If you live in Kentucky, please contact a program adviser before applying
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Application Deadlines

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

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
AGRO 821Learning Biotechnology3

Course Number: AGRO 821

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. Crosslisted as HORT 821.

AGRO 832Learning Plant Science3

Course Number: AGRO 832

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. Crosslisted as HORT 832.

ENTO 810Insects as Educational Tools for the Classroom3

Course Number: ENTO 810

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. Prereqs: Introductory entomology course. Offered online during fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.

NRES 822Laboratory Earth: Earth’s Changing Systems3

Course Number: NRES 822

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.

NRES/AGRI 897Master of Applied Science Project3

Course Number: NRES/AGRI 897

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.

SCIL 800Experiential Learning in Food, Energy & Water Systems II3

Course Number: SCIL 800

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).

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENTO 806Insect Ecology3

Course Number: ENTO 806

Biotic and abiotic factors as they influence insect development, behavior, distribution, and abundance. Crosslisted as BIOS 406/806 Prereqs: BIOS/NRES 220 and 222.

FDST 801Teaching Applications of Food Science3

Course Number: FDST 801

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 809Laboratory Earth: Earth and Its Systems3

Course Number: NRES 809

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

Course Number: NRES 814

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

Course Number: NRES 830

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.

NRES 832Laboratory Earth: Human Dimensions of Climate Change3

Course Number: NRES 832

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 898Laboratory Earth: Earth & Geospatial Technology3

Course Number: NRES 898

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $356.50
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $408.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1069.50
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1226.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $628.50
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $680.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1885.50
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2042.25

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