Master of Science Teaching (MST) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MST Degree 

Upon completing the MST degree, students will be able to: 

  1. Solve problems based on Kepler's Laws and Newton's Laws using non-calculus mathematical techniques. 
  2. Demonstrate best practices for teaching scientific content. 
  3. Present an oral report on a scientific topic using presentation software such as Powerpoint. 
  4. Learn how to use scientific and astronomical equipment such as telescopes, digital cameras, GPS, and electronic devices, including multimeters, and/or portable planetariums.  
  5. 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: 

  • Astronomy 
  • Computer Science    
  • Earth Science    
  • Engineering
  • Informal Science    
  • Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC)    
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School Science    
  • Physics

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.  

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MST Degree30

Degree Requirements

Content or Content/Skills Courses
Select a minimum of 5 Content or Content/Skills courses at the 500-level or above: 115
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: 23
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: 2,312
GEOPHYSICAL FIELD WORK FOR EDUCATORS
GRADUATE RESEARCH
Total Credit Hours Required for the MST Degree
University Graduation Requirements
Total Credit Hours30

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the MST Degree 

Transfer Credit 

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/