Please be aware that this program is on hiatus for the time being. We are not accepting applications.
The Master of Arts in Integrated Science program is designed for those teachers who seek to deepen their content understanding in the natural sciences in order to confidently address the Ohio Science Content Standards. Current state requirements and the implementation of federal No Child Left Behind legislation make it imperative that teachers of science in the middle grades be adequately trained in a broad range of the natural sciences. This cooperative effort of the departments of biology, chemistry, and physics, along with the assistance of the department of education and allied studies, will provide the student with a depth of content knowledge and the pedagogical skills necessary to meet the educational needs of the middle-grade student.
Here are some reasons for joining our program:
- Continue your professional development by studying science that is relevant to your teaching.
- Become an even better science teacher.
- Interact and share ideas with other science teachers.
- Earn graduate credit or a master’s degree in your field.
- Reinvigorate your interest in the subject to which you have dedicated your career.
- Enhance your standing in your school district with a graduate degree in integrated science.
Criteria for full acceptance into the Master of Arts in Integrated Science include:
- Verification of a valid teaching certificate/license.
- A completed application.
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
- Teacher certification with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 from an accredited university.
- Your undergraduate record should also indicate a likelyhood for success in science and science related course work. Provisional admission may also be granted on a case by case basis.
Students participate in the Master of Arts in Integrated Science as part of a cohort a minimum of eight students is required. The program consists of 34 credit hours, including a three-credit integrated research course (see SI 590 below). The program takes two years to complete and begins in the fall semester. Students take one course during the fall and spring semesters and three courses during each of two summers. The student is expected to maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average. Students will develop, write, and present a completed action research project that is accepted by the program director and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies in order to graduate and be awarded a degree. The action research project presentation will contain an oral questioning component.
For teachers holding a State of Ohio Pre-K through grade 3 license or a grades 1-8 certificate, and who are interested in pursuing a Middle Childhood (grades 4 through 9) License in Science, additional coursework in education may be required. An evaluation of transcripts by the Department of Education and Allied Studies can be conducted at the time of application.
Course requirements: 34 Hours
SI 500 How Do We Know What We Know?
SI 510 Astronomy
SI 520 Physical Science and Lab
SI 530 Culturally and Developmentally Responsive Science
SI 540 Earth Science and Lab
SI 550 Life Science and Lab
SI 560 Science and Technology
SI 570 Ecology and Lab
SI 580 Assessment in Interdisciplinary Science
SI 590 Action Research and Lab