Professional Master of Arts in Environmental Science Education

Program Overview

Bradley University is pleased to offer a new master's degree program for middle and secondary school teachers of math or science. This program is designed to enhance teachers' knowledge of science, math, and technology with a focus on environmental science. Environmental science examples span all science disciplines and mathematical approaches, and provide students with concrete, real-world examples of societal problems, enabling teachers to connect students to material taught across the science and math curricula in meaningful and lasting ways. The program provides opportunities to build additional expertise with research-based pedagogy and assessment that supports inquiry learning and to further develop leadership skills. Courses and other experiences will respond to the individual needs of the participant's current expertise in these areas. The program has been developed in partnership with educational experts at NASA and at the International Society for Technology in Education, and the curriculum is aligned with Illinois Learning Standards in science, mathematics, and technology

Program Requirements

The program is comprised of 35 hours of graduate (600 level) courses to be completed in 36 months, the majority of which will be in environmental sciences, including related work in mathematics and technology, content and in STEM education.

Course of Study

MST 615 Introduction to the Interdisciplinary Nature of Environmental Science
3
MST 616 The Mathematics of Environmental Science
3
MST 62x Science through Inquiry II
3
MST 612 Introduction to Teacher Leadership
1
MST 650 Inquiry Based Curriculum Development and Analysis
3
MST 661 Directed Research in Environmental Science
1
MST 662 Research in Environmental Science
2
MST 665 Environmental Systems A
2
MST 666 Environmental Systems B
2
MST 670 Action Research: Methods and Practice
1
MST 680 Nature of Inquiry and Innovation
3
MST 681 Advanced Teacher Leadership
2

MST 685 STEM Education Project OR MST 686 Environmental Sciences Research Project

3
3 Electives in Environmental Science Education
6
Total hours required:
35

Financial Considerations

Bradley University has committed to offering this program through a reduced tuition structure. In addition, the first cohort of students will be supported by grant funds from the Illinois Math and Science Partnership program. Students in this initial cohort will receive financial support for curriculum implementation and some or all of their technology costs (e.g., purchase of required technology tools for distance learning). Students will be responsible for books and fees associated with the program.

Program Duration and Delivery

The program is scheduled to begin late summer 2009, with graduation anticipated in summer 2012. The majority of the program will be delivered over the summers, and will include 3 weeks of residential, immersive programming on BU’s campus plus substantial distance learning requirements. In addition, there will be 3 hours of coursework in each Fall and Spring semester, which will include 2-3 weekends per semester of residential, immersive programming on campus, with the remainder of course delivery utilizing distance education approaches.

Endorsements

The plan is that graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for an endorsement in Environmental Science.

Benefits

Students will be accorded privileges associated with full-time student status, although the program is designed for working professionals. This includes full access to Bradley’s library and electronic information resources and internet privileges, the Markin Family Recreation Center, and reduced prices for tickets to campus events.

Application Process, Questions & Contact Information

Application materials can be received by sending an email request to Dr. Robert Wolffe at the address below. Please let us know if you have any questions so that we can help you make an informed decision.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements of the Graduate School, hold current teacher certification. Students progress through the program as a cohort. A new cohort will begin no more than once per calendar year. Check with the Graduate School for the next cohort start date.

Individual Eligibility Requirements

  • Certified teacher working in middle or secondary schools
  • GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Ability to pass an algebra skills placement test
  • Commitment to complete the program

Department Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Sherri Morris, (309) 677-3016, sjmorris@fsmail.bradley.edu

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Robert Wolffe, (309) 677-2520, rjwolffe@fsmail.bradley.edu