Graduate Science Education

The Graduate Science Education program at UNCP, under the direction of Dr. Rita Hagevik, offers opportunities for those seeking an advanced degree in science teaching with concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, or Geology. If you are a science teacher with a teaching license, you can earn your MA Degree, comprehensive science; if you would like to be a science teacher and earn a license, you can earn your MAT Degree, comprehensive science; and if you would like a MA degree non-licensure to teach in community college or to go on to a Ph.D. program, we have that here too!

All Graduate Science Education programs are offered in the online format.

Interested in applying to Graduate School?  Click here for application instructions.

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  • Enjoy adventures in scientific exploration in beautiful natural settings.
  • Discover the power of nature as a classroom and laboratory.
  • Earn the preparation you need to teach in community college or go on to a Ph.D. program.
  • Experience inquiry-based learning and teaching through direct observation and study of natural ecosystems.
  • Develop effective ways to engage their own students in inquiry learning experiences in natural settings.
  • Establish learning communities with colleagues.
  • Get involved in research projects, become a part of the discussions and collaborations.

Course offerings in graduate programs:

  • BIOS 5770 - Science in the Natural Environment (includes trip to NC coast)
    First Summer session
  • BIO 5100 Marine Biology
  • BIOS 3025/5025 The Natural History of Costa Rica
  • As well other graduate courses -- for example, molecular biology, bioethics, advanced botany, independent science research and many others including Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics.

Learn more about the graduate science education program (MA, MAT, non-licensure or nonformal, middle & high school)  click here.

Curriculum development for using the natural environment in your classroom and in teaching about sustainability:

Lesson plans and PowerPoints presented at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina (2013)