Master of Science: Science or Mathematics Education – Online

This program will be open through Spring 2016, after which there is an anticipated degree change from a M.S. in Science or Math Education to an Ed.M. in Science or Math Education. For questions regarding this change, email Katherine Robertson.

Oregon State University offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in either Science Education or Mathematics Education entirely online. This degree is ideal for practicing mathematics or science teachers who would like to specialize in advanced STEM education.

School-based education (K-12) concentration

School-based education is ideal for practicing secondary mathematics or science teachers working in public or private K-12 schools as well as elementary school teachers wishing to focus on science or mathematics education. This concentration includes advanced STEM teacher education. It provides knowledge and expertise beyond what you learned in your undergraduate teacher preparation program.

The STEM curriculum links theory to practice for teaching and learning science or mathematics in formal K-12 settings. Upon completion of the Master of Science in Science Education or Mathematics Education, you will be able to:

  • Conduct research or produce other forms of creative work
  • Demonstrate mastery of subject matter
  • Conduct scholarly or professional activities in an ethical manner

A practitioner program

Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a science or mathematics-related area or sufficient coursework to obtain a single-subject license if a secondary teacher. Elementary school teachers should have some undergraduate coursework in science or mathematics as well as experience teaching science or mathematics. Ideal applicants will have completed a teacher preparation program and have at least two years of experience working in a science or mathematics K-12 classroom.

Request information

or contact:

Katherine Robertson, program coordinator
OSU College of Education 

Science professionals who are responsible for providing educational experiences in non-formal settings may consider Free-choice learning programs offered by the Oregon State University College of Education. Free-choice learning is nontraditional or informal education that focuses on the nature of the learning, rather than where it occurs. It approaches science and mathematics education by appealing to an individual's or group's interests, personal curiosities and motivations.

Free-choice learning curriculum is ideal for educators working in:

  • Science centers and museums
  • National and state parks
  • Nature centers and outdoor settings
  • Zoos/Aquariums
  • Science, math and technology-based positions in new media (public television, radio, web)
  • University outreach programs
  • Family and youth-serving organizations with commitments to science and mathematics learning

M.S. in Science or Mathematics Education is not a teacher licensure program

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.

To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.

Kentucky residents notice

Ecampus is not authorized by the state of Kentucky to offer this program at the present time.