Master of Science Teaching (MST) Degree
Program Learning Outcomes for the MST Degree
Upon completing the MST degree, students will be able to:
- Solve problems based on Kepler's Laws and Newton's Laws using non-calculus mathematical techniques.
- Demonstrate best practices for teaching scientific content.
- Present an oral report on a scientific topic using presentation software such as Powerpoint.
- Learn how to use scientific and astronomical equipment such as telescopes, digital cameras, GPS, and electronic devices, including multimeters, and/or portable planetariums.
- Prepare a Final Project, which will include scientific research, educational research, and/or curriculum creation or analysis.
Requirements for the MST Degree
The MST degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. Students pursuing the MST degree must complete:
- A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 500-level or above to satisfy degree requirements, including a minimum of 15 credit hours from Content or Content/Skills Courses.
- A final project. Students will prepare a final project which will include scientific research, educational research, and/or curriculum creation or analysis.
Each candidate for the Master of Science Teaching degree will specify an area of specialization. Examples of the areas of specialization are listed below:
- Computer Science
- Earth Science
- Informal Science
- Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC)
- Middle School Science
Each student will have a 3-person committee, with at least 2 members from the tenure-track faculty, to approve the student's proposed program, advise on which specific courses will best suit the student's needs, and approve their final project. At least 1 of the members of the committee will be an experienced Education Professional, who will ensure the appropriateness of the courses to the educator's program. At least 1 person of the committee will be an expert in the content area that is the student's primary teaching interest.
|Total Credit Hours Required for the MST Degree||30|
|Content or Content/Skills Courses|
|Select a minimum of 5 Content or Content/Skills courses at the 500-level or above: 1||15|
|TEACHING EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE|
|ASTRONOMY FOR TEACHERS|
|TEACHING ASTRONOMY LABORATORY|
|PUTTING EARTH SCIENCE INTO ACTION|
|PHYSICS OF THE RADIO|
|Additional Content/Skills Or Education Courses|
|Students must complete a minimum of 3 additional credit hours from content, skills, or education courses: 2||3|
|TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH INQUIRY|
|TEACHING DIVERSE LEARNERS|
|THEORY AND METHODS: MATHEMATICS|
|Research or Practicum|
|Select at least 3 and no more than 12 credit hours of research (educational or scientific) or practicum teaching: 2,3||12|
|GEOPHYSICAL FIELD WORK FOR EDUCATORS|
|Total Credit Hours Required for the MST Degree|
|University Graduation Requirements|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
Footnotes and Additional Information
At least 9 credit hours should be directly related to the student's major area of specialization. There may be some courses at the 400-level that satisfy this requirement, but students should be aware that if they take courses at the 400-level, they may need to take additional courses at the 500-level or above to satisfy overall degree requirements. Students may also satisfy the requirement, upon approval of their graduate committee, by completing courses from departmental (ASTR, BIOC, CHEM, EBIO, EDUC, ENGI, ESCI, MATH, NSCI, or PHYS) course offerings at the 500-level or above.
Students may also satisfy the requirement, upon approval of their graduate committee, by completing courses from departmental (ASTR, BIOC, CHEM, EBIO, EDUC, ENGI, ESCI, MATH, NSCI, or PHYS) course offerings.
Students must complete, at a minimum, 3 credit hours from graduate research or teaching practicum (ESCI 515 or PHYS 800), developing a research project in conjunction with a science or educational advisor.
Policies for the MST Degree
For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.
For additional information, please see the Science Teaching website: http://space.rice.edu/MST/.
Opportunities for the MST Degree
For additional information, please see the Science Teaching website: http://space.rice.edu/MST/