Teacher Education and Higher Education

M.Ed. in Elementary Education, concentration in Science Education


This program supports current elementary teachers to become instructional leaders in elementary science education. The course of study is designed for an in-depth exploration of issues related to curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, research, and content for elementary science education. The program will emphasize equitable, engaging, rigorous, and responsive science, engineering, and environmental education for all students.

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Program Contact

Sara Heredia


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Example Careers:

  • K-6 science specialist
  • District science specialist
  • Elementary science coach
  • Curriculum developer
  • Facilitator of professional development

Designed For

This program is designed for elementary teachers interested in improving their science teaching, cultivating their professional trajectory, and becoming leaders in North Carolina elementary science education.

Career Opportunities

Students will gain hands-on experience through observations and student teaching in local schools, in addition to opportunities to attend and present at conferences. Careers include K-6 science specialists, district science specialists, elementary science coaches, curriculum developers, and facilitators of professional development.

Research Interests

Research interests include science education, engineering education, equity, culture, identity, and science education reform. Students will also have the opportunity to get involved with the HERP Project, a project funded by the National Science Foundation. The purpose of HERP project is to expose participants to ecological fieldwork by engaging in a variety of field science projects related to local reptile and amphibian species.

Program of Study

Total hours: 30 hours

Core courses: (9 hours)

  • TED 669 Ed Implications of Learning and Development (3)
  •  TED 646 Introduction to Equity Education (3)
  • ERM 605 Educational Measurement & Evaluation (3) or ERM 604 Methods of Educational Research

Pedagogical/Content Knowledge Expertise (15 hours)

  • TED 657 (3) Nature of Science, Technology, and Society
  • TED 651 (3) Teaching Life Sciences
  • TED 652 (3) Teaching Physical Sciences
  • TED 653 (3) Teaching Earth Sciences
  • TED 632 (3) Science Education: Teaching Practice and Curriculum

Professional Development/Leadership (6 hours)

  • TED 676 (3) Teacher as Researcher and Leader I
  • TED 677 (3) Teacher as Researcher and Leader II

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Applicants should hold an elementary teaching license and completed at least two years of teaching.

Distinguishing Features

We emphasize science learning within and beyond the classroom. Teachers who participate in this program will have opportunities to participate in enriching and cutting-edge science, environmental, and engineering education learning. For example, teachers will:

  • Have access to free curriculum resources
  • Engage in citizen science projects
  • Present at professional science education conferences
  • Learn how to write grants
  • Engage in teacher research
  • Have access to the UNC Greensboro School of Education’s SELF Design Studio for exciting making and engineering design projects

Graduate Program infobutton

Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.