Why choose a graduate degree in Science Education?
The M.S. program provides the content and pedagogical course work necessary to meet standards for advanced secondary teaching certification, to teach at the postsecondary level, or to work as an informal educator.
The Ph.D program provides the content and pedagogical course work and experiences to make career advancements, become university professors, and conduct research in formal and/or informal science education.
M.S. graduate students will gain both broad and deep content knowledge by taking courses from scientists or mathematicians, and basic educational research, statistics, and science education knowledge by taking courses from educational researchers.
Ph.D. graduate students will gain both broad and deep content by taking courses from research scientists or mathematicians, and advanced educational research, statistics, and science education knowledge by taking courses from educational researchers. They will work with their committee members to design and conduct publishable research in science education.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
The Center for Science and Mathematics Education provides masters and doctoral level programs in Mathematics Education and Science Education. Our students learn to conduct empirical research studies examining a variety of areas including but not limited to K12 STEM teacher development, STEM learning and student success, curriculum design, technology integration, informal science learning, mathematical mindsets, problem posing, and others. Our faculty conduct STEM education research and we provide research assistantships for five graduate students annually. This supports full tuition and provides a stipend.
The University of Southern Mississippi cannot determine whether a particular licensure program meets requirements for licensure outside of the State of Mississippi. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to determine specific requirements of guidelines for reciprocity. For a list of the state departments of education that oversee professional teaching licensure, see the U.S. Department of Education website - State Contacts page.
- Science or Math Teacher
- Informal Science Educator
- College or University Professor
- Science or Math Supervisor
- Wolff-Micheal Roth, Ph.D., 1987,
Lansdowne Professor of Applied Cognitive Science, University of Victoria, BC Canada.
- Kelly Rouse, Ph.D., 2013,
Biology Faculty, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Jefferson Davis campus, Gulfport, MS
- Aimée K. Thomas, Ph.D., 2010,
Biological Sciences and the Office for Teachers Certification, Loyola University
- William Joseph Sumrall, Ph.D., 1990,
Professor of Elementary Education and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs, University of Mississippi.
- Avery Sward, M.S., 2016,
Education Coordinator, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Point, MS.
- Kylee Dueitt, M.S.,
Dual Credit Biology Teacher, Oak Grove High School, Hattiesburg, MS.