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    Aug 03, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Middle Grades STEM Education, M.S.


Priority Admission Application Deadlines:  http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Contact Information

College: Education
Department: Teaching and Learning
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The Masters of Science in Middle Grades (STEM) Education is designed to prepare middle school educators to teach in the challenging and high demand fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Masters of Science degree in Middle Grades STEM Education cultivates and trains teachers in STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math) to both create STEM-related experiences that excite and interest students of all backgrounds and to support states and school districts in their efforts   to transform schools into vibrant STEM learning environments. The program engages middle school science and mathematics teachers in ways to improve their content knowledge and enhance   pedagogical skills in teaching mathematics and science and prepares middle grades mathematics and science teachers for roles as teacher leaders; and, prepares middle school STEM teachers to inspire and teach students to be successful in STEM education, thereby increasing the number of individuals capable of filling critically important STEM-related  career positions.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Must be teaching in math and/or science in middle grades (5-9) at time of admission (preference is two (2) years);
  • Earned bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a STEM-related field from an accredited university and teacher certification in an appropriate area;
  • Grades of ‘C’ or better in all core undergraduate science and mathematics courses;
  • A minimum range score beginning at 153 for the verbal section and 144 for the quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five (5) years OR
  • A previous graduate degree from an accredited university with grades of ‘B’ or better in all science and mathematics graduate level coursework

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours - 36 Credit Hours

  • Core Requirements - 36 Credit Hours

Comprehensive Examination


Students complete a portfolio in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam

Graduation Requirements


  • To graduate, students must successfully complete the required coursework  (36 credit hours) with a 3.00 or higher grade point average.
  • Students must possess 60 hours of ESOL training upon completion of the program. If a student enters the program without 60 hours of ESOL, it is the student’s responsibility to provide proof of successful completiong of 60 hours of ESOL prior to being certified to graduate.
  • The program’s first capstone experience, an action research project on a STEM-education topic, is a course requirement of Seminar in Curriculum Research. This project results in a research paper based on the research carried out in the teacher’s classroom. As part of the course requirements, the student will create a conference-quality poster and session hosted by course participants, which is held at USF campus in St. Petersburg at the end of the semester.
  • Successful completion of a portfolio. In the portfolio, students will demonstrate how their teaching strategies have developed, based upon their work in this program. Guidelines and important dates for submission are included on the department’s home page will be shared at the beginining of the student’s graduating semester at the latest.