About the Program

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Science Education Online

With no teaching experience required, this M.Ed. program develops instructional leaders for a variety of career opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.

About the Program

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Complete in as few as 10 months
30 credit hours
$458.33 per credit hour

Develop instructional leadership skills to prepare to lead inside or outside of the classroom with UTRGV’s M.Ed. in C&I with a specialization in Science Education. Become a teacher educator, mentor, part of a clinical teaching faculty or practice in field settings by acquiring the knowledge, models, methods and applicable research skills in science curriculum and pedagogy.

Career opportunities for graduates range from school district administrator to specialist, coordinator and instructional coaches to consulting with the National Science Association to museum curator or director.

UTRGV is a collaborative partner in the Texas Regional Collaborative in Science and Math, which promotes mentoring and professional development in science & math instruction.

Online Courses

EDFR 6300 Research Methods in Education

A survey of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designed to introduce students to educational research. This course will include research design, literature review, critiquing research, and action research.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDFR 6302 Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development

Advanced study in the specialization of life‐span development theories to human behavior, learning and cognition. Includes specific models of cognition and relevant research. This course includes the nature of needs of people at all developmental levels from prenatal through old age.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EPSY 6304 Assessment of Learning

An introduction to basic concepts, techniques and issues in assessment of student learning and learning environments.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDCI 7334 Curriculum Problems and Processes

This course examines approaches in developing, implementing and evaluating curricula. Principles and practices in the production and use of curriculum frameworks, guides, textbooks, technologies and other curriculum materials will be included.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDFR 6388 Introduction to Historical and Sociocultural Foundations of Education

Analyzing historical and sociocultural forces of education with regard to education through philosophical, sociological, historical and anthropological perspectives.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDCI 6342 Models and Methods in Science Education

The course covers multiple topics in science education related to science content and pedagogy which may include inquiry and didactic models of science instruction, interdisciplinary approaches, and laboratory/field methods, Technology and field work is required.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDCI 6348 Mathematics and Science Education Project

Supervised project in science education that will include design of an original project and the writing of a formal report in an acceptable publication format. This course is usually taken during the last semester of study and is taken only by non‐thesis students.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDCI 6354 Development of Laboratory and Field Experiences

In this course students will critically appraise the various functions of laboratory investigation in science classrooms. Students will design, test, and refine new and original laboratory and field investigations that incorporate data collection technologies, inquiry approaches, and informal learning opportunities. Fieldwork may be required.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDCI 6358 Student Research in the K-12 Science Curriculum

This course helps students design curriculum, instruction, and assessments that address ways to teach authentic science in the classroom. The goal is for students to develop scientific research projects that can be implemented in the classroom. The course will include a field mentorship component.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDCI 7315 Special Topics in Science Education

Individual project in science education research design, and assessment in response to student needs, interests and faculty expertise. Course may be repeated once for credit with approval of the student's advisor.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines for this program. For dates past June 19th please contact the university at 1-833-UTRGV-GC (1-833-887-4842) or gradcollege@utrgv.edu. We look forward to supporting you during your journey.

Upcoming Start Dates

June 19, 2018

May 18, 2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Partner Scholarship

*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Student Loan page.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50 domestic, $100 international
  • Graduation Fee: $32
Application fee can be paid online by credit card or electronic check only

Partner Scholarship

Participating students from partner organizations have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 (which will be pro-rated over the duration of the program) scholarship based upon successful completion of the scholarship requirements.

If you are not sure if your organization is a participating partner, please contact a representative at 844-218-2727. In order to qualify for the scholarship, all required documents must be submitted by the posted deadline. Scholarships are not retroactive.


Please review all the admission requirements for the UTRGV Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Science Education online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 844-218-2727.

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