The MSE program at Lawrence Tech is an exciting and rewarding experience – not only because of the new knowledge and skills I have acquired, but also because of the wonderful people I have met through the program.” 

– Betty Crowder, science consultant, Rochester Community Schools; special lecturer, Oakland University; and president, Michigan Science Teachers Association

Take your lessons beyond the blackboard and really spark imagination! Whether you teach elementary, middle, or high school, a graduate degree offers you new tools and resources to inspire your students while helping you advance your career.

Why LTU?

science educationThe Master of Science Education and the Master of Science Education-Integrated Science (DI) programs are designed for educators who wish to strengthen their competencies in the teaching of science, renew their provisional certificates of teaching, obtain professional certifications, and/or add a science endorsement to their certification.

The programs were developed cooperatively by Lawrence Technological University, the Detroit Zoological Society, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and Aquinas College. The Master of Science Education and Master of Science Education-Integrated Science (DI) feature curricula rich in science content and courses aligned with the Michigan Curriculum Frameworks and Benchmarks for Science.

The Master of Science Education, which consists of 30 credit hours, allows you to renew your current certificate or change your provisional certificate to a professional one. The 36-credit-hour Master of Science Education-Integrated Science (DI) makes you eligible to add the integrated science endorsement (we collaborate with Aquinas College and the University of Detroit Mercy for DI).

Lawrence Tech’s science education programs are designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of science and its link to mathematics. Integral to both programs is an emphasis on active participation and interaction with your instructors and classmates – the same methods of teaching and learning promoted in K–12 science classrooms.

Courses incorporate modern hands-on, constructivist-based, inquiry-driven, and project-based learning and teaching methods. You will access community resources for science teaching, such as the Detroit Zoological Society and Cranbrook Institute of Science. The University’s partnerships with these facilities make the Master of Science Education and Master of Science Education-Integrated Science (DI) degrees unique among graduate programs for teachers in the metro Detroit area and beyond. 

The science education programs at Lawrence Tech are designed for busy professionals. The 13-week fall and spring terms are tailored to fit around your teaching responsibilities and minimize overlap with your schedule at the beginning and end of each semester. Also available are 10- and six-week courses beginning in May and June, respectively. A majority of courses are now offered 100 percent online and asynchronous. This approach is not only convenient, it also helps prepare you to teach in the 21st-century classroom, where all Michigan high school students are required to have online learning experience class before graduating.

DI Endorsement

All students admitted to the Master of Science Education with DI Endorsement ("Integrated Science") 36 credit hours from the following list of courses.

  • Introductory Seminar
  • Capstone Project
  • Cells and Organisms    
  • Heredity and Evolution             
  • General Ecology
  • Motion, Forces and energy   
  • Electricity, magnetism and Waves
  • Astronomy
  • Matter, Energy, and Their Changes
  • Materials and Their Uses                     
  • Geospehere                             
  • Atmosphere, Weather and Climate


DI Endorsement (Integrated Science) and Certification
Contact teachcertificate@ltu.edu if you have questions.

Contacts
Program Director Professor LaVetta Appleby at msedir@ltu.edu or Natural Sciences Office at nschair@ltu.edu 248.204.3600

 

Scholarships

Upon admission to the program, you will receive a non-need- based scholarship of $1,320 per course plus waived application and registration fees. Additional financial aid, based on need, is also available. Michigan tuition grants provide a maximum grant of $2,750 each year. Need-based loans are also available through the Stafford Loan Program for up to $18,500 maximum annually. For more information and a financial aid application, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Financial Aid at 248.204.2120.

Curriculum

Your degree requires 30 to 36 credits, depending on the option you choose, and consists of:

Master of Science Education
Core Courses 21
   Introductory Seminar
   Geosphere or Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate
   Astronomy
   Capstone Project 
   One Life Science Course 
   One Physics Course 
   One Chemistry Course 
Electives  9
Total  30
   
Master of Science Education-Integrated Science (DI)
Core Courses  36
   Introductory Seminar
   Cells and Organisms 
   Heredity and Evolution
   General Ecology
   Matter, Energy, and Their Changes 
   Materials and Their Uses 
   Geosphere 
   Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate 
   Motion, Forces, and Energy 
   Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves 
   Astronomy 
   Capstone Project 
Total  36

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science Education and Master of Science Education-Integrated Science (DI) programs requires:

1.  Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;

2.  A bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0;
3.  Official transcripts of all previously completed college work, sent directly from the registrar. You may transfer up to nine graduate credits upon review and approval of the program director;

4.  An interview with the program director; 
5.  A resume that includes three professional references, teaching experience, and extracurricular activities;
6. A copy of your teaching certificate, if endorsement, professional certification, or renewals are sought.

Get Started

science education 2For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu.

For specific questions about the Master of Science Education and the Master of Science Education-Integrated Science (DI), contact Lawrence Tech’s Department of Natural Sciences at 248.204.3600 or msedir@ltu.edu.