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Science Education

The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education offers Science Education programs leading to initial teacher licensure as well as Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral degrees. As a faculty, we are educators and researchers with interests in the role of science in fostering creativity, critical thinking, and active citizenship in a democratic society.


Following recommendations in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), our science education programs provide opportunities for practicing and preservice teachers to develop expertise in:

  • Science content knowledge,
  • Pedagogical knowledge,
  • Effective learning environments,
  • Science classroom safety,
  • Impact on student learning, and
  • Professional knowledge and skills (NSTA, 2012)


Programs leading to initial teacher licensure:

  • Middle Grades Science 6-8
  • Undergraduate Pathway to Secondary Science 6-12
  • Post-bac pathway to Secondary Science 6-12
  • Job-Embedded pathway to Secondary Science 6-12

Visit the College of Education, Health and Human Science’s Office of Advising and Student Services website for more information about applying to the teacher licensure programs.

Advanced Degrees not leading to licensure:

MS degree in Educational Studies

EdS in Science Education

PhD in Science Education

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Graduate Catalog.

  1. Select the appropriate catalog from the drop-down menu on the right.
  2. Select the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
  3. Scroll to TPTE and select “Display Programs for this Department.”
  4. Click on the appropriate program to see the credit requirements and admission procedures for each program.