The University of Northern Iowa offers many of the courses required for the Master of Arts in Science Education via distance learning to teacher cohorts. This masters program integrates theory, application, and content, allowing teachers to update pedagogy, content knowledge, and to add endorsements to their teaching licenses if needed. Learn how to teach science in a way that helps students construct their knowledge within an inquiry framework, aligned with the Next Generation Science Education Standards (NGSS). "Techniques for Science Teachers" courses vary from semester to semester, sometimes focusing on pedagogy and sometimes offering one credit on content updates.
Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring 2022 cohort. Apply by November 1 for full consideration.
$1,000/year scholarship ($500 for fall/spring semesters) for qualified UNI alumni and renewable for a second year. Students will need to be admitted in order to receive scholarships. If you haven't applied to the program yet, please submit your application for admission.
Designed for in-service teachers, the program format and schedule provides the convenience and flexibility to fit into your busy life. Using a cohort model, groups of students complete the core coursework together over a two-year period.
Additional electives are taken concurrently or in subsequent semesters in order to complete the program. It is not recommended that full-time teachers take more than 3-4 credits of graduate coursework per semester during the academic year. Consequently, this is a part-time program with an average time to completion of 4 years. Click on the 'Program Schedule' tab above for more course delivery information.
Core courses are offered via Zoom, an interactive video conferencing method in the evening or during the Summer. With select elective coursework, there is potential to complete the program entirely online; students should work with the Program Coordinator on this option.
Courses are also supported online using Blackboard, a dynamic platform that will enhance the student's learning experience and provide a sense of community with fellow classmates. Some electives may require in-person instruction. A required orientation session is scheduled prior to the start of the summer cohort.
While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.
I have always wanted to earn a master's degree. With UNI having a science-specific master's education program, I didn’t think twice about getting [my degree] from anywhere else. The faculty are awesome because they aren’t just professors.
Tentative course scheduleClick on a course title to view the course description (if available).
Topic: Climate Change
Content/elective coursework options:
Computer Science and Physics Endorsement elective coursework available; more elective options will be posted as they become available.-- 3-4 unit(s)
* Optional course elective
Although not required, it is strongly recommended that students take these research credits during this semester.
May be taken at various times and increments from Spring 2024 forward
Computer Science and Physics Endorsement elective coursework available; more elective options will be posted as they become available.-- 3-12 unit(s)Depending on content/elective coursework already completed
** Students will work with the program coordinator to identify elective coursework in Spring 2024 and beyond until 30 credit hours have been completed.
Please note: the number of units from this listed program schedule will vary depending on allowable transfer credit. Up to 10 units of credit may be accepted as transfer credit. MA students may pursue either a thesis or non-thesis option. SCI ED 6299 Research hours (six for thesis; three for non-thesis) may be taken at various times and increments (i.e. 1 unit of credit at a time) after completion of the five core courses in the sequence, and can be taken at a distance without coming to campus.
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $517 per unit of graduate credit or $325 per unit of undergraduate credit. An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May, typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents in March.
Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:
Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, students enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester may be eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III funding. This funding will be distributed to our students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, visit finaid.uni.edu/HEERF-III.
Since its establishment in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School, the University of Northern Iowa has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. That commitment remains strong as the university continues to prepare students to become teachers, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the field of education. In addition to a commitment to teaching, our faculty members are engaged in research, writing and professional development. View UNI's national rankings and honors.
Research findings demonstrate that students of all types of learning styles can succeed in a distance environment. View our tips for being a successful distance learner.
The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-7206, 800-648-3864 or email@example.com with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.
You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact below or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.
When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester.
The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an introduction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:
Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations.
No. Teacher licensure is not required for admission but it is required for graduation. If you are admitted without a license, you will need to complete the licensure requirements prior to graduation.
Please note: This program does not fulfill all of the requirements for state licensure. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.
Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.
Please complete the online interest form to the right to express your interest in joining a future Science Education MA cohort. We will use the information you provide to send you program updates, including important information about application deadlines, as they become available. The next cohort is scheduled to begin Spring 2022.
Apply by November 1, 2021 to begin coursework in January 2022.
Former UNI students: The online application requires logging in with your CatID credentials. If you have forgotten your username or passphrase, contact the IT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-273-5555 and have them reset your password.
Additional application materials:
Required application materials can be attached (in .pdf format) to the application at the time of or after submission or sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
Office of AdmissionsUniversity of Northern Iowa002 Gilchrist HallCedar Falls, IA email@example.com
When your application for graduate study is complete, you will receive confirmation from UNI Admissions staff that they have received and forwarded your application and transcripts to UNI Science Education for review.
Following the application deadline, program officials will review your materials and contact you regarding your admission status. After admission to the program, you will receive information about how to enroll in the first set of courses.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.