Be an active part of a new vision for science education!
Awaken or renew your passion for science education that is experiential, investigative, ethical, and transformative: a program for new and experienced educators.
Learn to work with learners to explore compelling scientific phenomena and classroom and community-based problems. Infuse and integrate science education with interdisciplinary environmental studies. Learn to develop playful, active, and rigorous student-centered, attentive science classrooms where students design their own scientific investigations to explore intriguing questions.
Design and teach problem-solving and inquiry-based lessons, and develop learning-centered units on science topics of your choice. Teach experiential science lessons to middle and high school students. Develop an online professional teaching portfolio that will enable entry and support for careers in science education.
This degree is offered by AU New England.
This program roots science teaching in our own observations, inquiry, and explorations of science, teaching, and learning. In doing what scientists do, with minds-on and hands-on activities, we grow our understanding of what it means to create and develop practical and enduring engagements with the subject matter of science. This program also lays the groundwork for approaching science education as an ethical enterprise and vocation.
Because you will be earning an MS in Environmental Studies, you can pursue both formal (e.g. teaching in schools) and non-formal education careers (e.g. teaching and leadership in summer camps, outdoor adventure programs, science museums, nature centers, and environmental learning centers).
Length of Program:
The coursework for this program can be completed in 5 semesters. The program aims to provide expanded access nationally and internationally with in-person residencies & fieldwork and online courses. Classes are held on Thursdays, Fridays, and on occasional weekends. Full-time student teaching can take place almost anywhere in the country during the final semester.
To earn the MS degree, you must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credits, meet the general education requirements, and satisfy the prerequisites listed below. These prerequisites do not have to be satisfied before you apply or begin the program.
Core Areas (9 credits, select 3 out of 4 courses):
- Earth Systems and Climate Change (3) – Required
- Community Ecology of the New England Landscape (3)
- Political Economy and Sustainability (3)
- Leadership for Change (3)
Concentration courses (18 credits):
- Developing Mind (3)
- Curriculum Design (3)
- Foundations of Science and Environmental Education (3)
- Problem Solving Science (3)
- Transformative Teaching and Leadership (3)
- Science Teaching Methods (3)
- In consultation with a student’s academic adviser, other courses may be selected from the complete suite of concentration course offerings
Skills courses (3 credits)
- Intro to GIS (3)
- Advanced GIS (3)
- Applied GIS (3)
- Communication in the Digital Age (2)
- Consulting Skills (1)
- Dispute Resolution (1)
- Diversity, Justice & Inclusion (2)
- Field Study Trips (2-3)
- Natural Resource Inventory: field Techniques (2)
- Proposal Writing and Project Management (3)
- Service Learning Seminar (1)
- with permission of the academic adviser, students may substitute 2-3 credits of skills with a concentration course
Capstone – Student Teaching (6 credits)
Most course offerings rotate over a 2-year cycle; Professional Science Masters students should select courses in consultation with their academic adviser to meet additional requirements; Students who select 1 and 2 credit courses should plan carefully with their academic adviser to avoid additional costs; Students entering under a recognized partnership with AUNE should discuss degree requirements with their academic adviser.
Our graduates teach life, physical, earth, and environmental science in schools and non-formal settings and instill their curricula with environmental studies, sustainability, and ecological orientations.
For years, AUNE’s Science education graduates seeking teaching roles have been hired as science teachers. This is not a teacher licensure program for public schools. Teachers not possessing a teaching license who wish to teach in public schools should contact the department of education in their home state about alternative licensure pathways (e.g site-based license).
Science teaching and learning graduates can also direct after-school programs, direct and/or teach in environmental camps and outdoor leadership programs during their summer breaks, as well as write environmental and ecology curricula.
How to Apply
- Complete the online admissions application, including:
- Essay questions, admissions, and program-specific questions
- Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
- Non-refundable $50 application fee
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
- email transcripts to [email protected], or
- mail to:
Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, NH 04341-3516
- Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
- There are additional requirements for International applicants.
- Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Official transcripts should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516
All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
Antioch University New England processes applications for most programs on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. All application materials should be received in Admissions by the dates listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department.
Environmental Studies Master’s Programs:
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Criminal Record Checks
NH state law [RSA 189:13-a(IX)(b)] requires criminal history record checks, for students who enroll in an educator preparation program at an institution of higher education. Additional criminal history record checks, administered by the placement district(s), are required for student teachers and interns. Additionally, local school districts may require a background check prior to the start of any field experience, and students must comply with the local policies. The cost of all background checks are out-of-pocket costs borne by the student. Your AUNE admissions counselor will provide you with the correct form for your area.
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