MA of Arts in Science Education

WGU Master of Arts in Science Education (5–9)

The Master of Arts in Science Education (5-9) is a competency-based degree program that prepares already licensed teachers both to be licensed to teach science in grades 5-9 and to develop significant skills in science curriculum development, design, and evaluation. All work in this degree program is online and includes General Science Content, Science Education, and a Teacher Work Sample.

General Science Content

Integrated Natural Sciences
Integrated Natural Sciences covers the subject area of natural sciences, including the use of the scientific method to derive conclusions based on research. Topics covered include astronomy, geology, environmental science and ecosystems, and organisms.

General Chemistry I and Lab
In this course students will attain a solid understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts and a reasonable ability to solve chemical problems. Topics include measurement, elements and compounds, properties of matter and energy, the periodic table and chemical nomenclature, quantities in chemistry, chemical reactions, the modern atomic theory, and the chemical bond. Laboratory work focuses on using effective laboratory techniques to examine the physical and chemical characteristics of matter.

General Chemistry II and Lab
In this course students will attain a solid understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts and a reasonable ability to solve chemical problems. Topics include the gaseous state, the solid and liquid states, aqueous solutions, acid-base models, oxidation-reduction reactions, reaction rates and equilibrium, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Laboratory work focuses on using effective laboratory techniques to analyze chemical processes in real-world contexts.

Principles of Biology
In this course, key elements of biology, from the molecular level to ecosystems, are explored. Specifically, students are introduced to the macromolecules and cellular biology as well as genetics and the link to evolution. Students learn about plant and animal organismal biology, including how organisms interact with the environment. Additional important topics in ecology, such as population and community ecology and the effect of humans on the biosphere are also covered.

Earth and Space Science
This course provides a broad overview of the basic concepts in astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography.

General Physics
This course provides a broad overview of the principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, wave motion, modern physics, and electricity and magnetism and invites students to apply them by solving problems, performing labs, and reflecting on concepts and ideas.

Middle School Science: Content Knowledge
This course covers the content knowledge that a middle-level science teacher is expected to know and understand. Topics include scientific methodologies, history of science, basic science principles, physical sciences, life sciences, Earth and space sciences, and the role of science and technology and their impact on society.

Science Education

Science, Technology, and Society
Science, Technology, and Society explores the ways in which science influences and is influenced by society and technology. A humanistic and social endeavor, science serves the needs of ever-changing societies by providing methods for observing, questioning, discovering, and communicating information about the physical and natural world. This course prepares educators to explain the nature and history of science, the various applications of science, and the scientific and engineering processes used to conduct investigations, make decisions, and solve problems. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Science Teaching and Learning
This course focuses on how to teach science and on preparing preservice science educators to teach science in a way that is accurate, current and engaging. Topics include models for teaching science through inquiry, evaluation of alignment to standards, effective use of learning communities, formative assessment strategies, and safety responsibilities.

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