MS & PhD Programs

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of thirty-four (34) hours of graduate work:

  • A minimum of twelve (12) semester hours in mathematics or a science emphasis area-biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, coastal science, computer science, marine science, physics, or polymer science
  • A minimum of three (3) semester hours in a related discipline
  • Six (6) semester hours in professional education (REF 601 and 607 if seeking AA license in the State of Mississippi)
  • Seven (7) semester hours in science and mathematics education
  • Comprehensive written and oral exam or portfolio assessment conducted by a three-person graduate committee

Portfolio Guidelines for Master's Student

Qualifying Exam

Comprehensive Exam

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of fifty-four (54) hours of graduate work beyond the master’s degree – excluding dissertation hours.

Twenty-four (24) semester hours in a content area with a minimum of fifteen (15) hours in an emphasis area

Twenty-four (24) semester hours in science and mathematics education including three (3) semester hours of seminar, SME 701, 703, 761,762, 700 (science) or 720 (math), 725 (math) with a maximum of nine (9) semester hours in SME 791 and a maximum of three (3) semester hours of SME 792

Research Tools: 6 hours (REF 761 & 762)

Dissertation: 9 hours (SME 898)

Doctoral students must be enrolled for 3 hours (typically SME 898) the semester in which he or she is sitting for comprehensive exams, defending the prospectus, defending the dissertation, and graduating (if different from others).

Dissertation Help for Doctoral Students

Course Descriptions (this is a pdf document containing all university courses)

SME Course offerings include:

SME 532 Science for Elementary Teachers
SME 553 Earth and Environmental Science for Intermediate School Teachers
SME 555 Physical Science for Intermediate School Teachers
SME 560 Methods for Teaching Science –Secondary
SME 561 Computers & Technology in Science and Mathematics Teaching
SME 571/571L Teaching Chemistry in the Secondary School
SME 572 Physics for Secondary Teachers—Methods & Techniques
SME 601 Science Education in Contemporary Perspective
SME 761 and 762 Research Practicum in Science & Mathematics Education
SME 695/695L Applications of Basic Concepts in Biology for the Secondary School
SME 700 Science Curriculum in the Public School
SME 701 Issues in Science Teaching
SME 702 Field Techniques of Experimenting with Scientific Principles
SME 703 Foundations of Science Education
SME 720 Mathematics Curriculum
SME 725 Readings from Research in Mathematics Education
SME 789 Seminar