Science Licensure (M.A.T.)
Do you already have an undergraduate degree in science? Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career teaching science to students in grades 7-12?
The ISU Educator Preparation Program offers a masters level licensure program for individuals already possessing an undergraduate science degree. Our program is designed to produce highly effective science teachers and includes:
Timing: The program begins each May and successful individuals graduate 15 months later at the end of the summer in time to begin working that fall.
Degree/licensure: Graduates of the program will have a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and will have completed all requirements for licensure in the state of Iowa.
C I 514 Introduction to science teaching (2 credits)
20 clock hours of field experience
C I 529 Educational Psychology and the Secondary Classroom (3 credits)
SP ED 501 Teaching Students with Disabilities (3 credits)
H P C 504 Foundations of American Education (3 credits)
C I 518 Science Methods I 2 credits
C I 591D 40 clock hours supervised field experience (2 credits)
C I 547 Nature of Science and Science Education (3 credits)
C I 506 Multicultural Gender Fair Education (3 credits)
C I 519 Science Methods II (2 credits)
C I 591D 60 clock hours supervised field experience (2 credits)
C I 517 B, D, J, or M Student Teaching (12 credits)
C I 546 Advanced Pedagogy in Science Education (3 credits)
C I 505 Using Technology in Learning and Teaching. (2 credits)
C I 599C Creative Component (3 credits)
Total Required Credits = 45
Effective science teacher education requires that complex sets of teacher behaviors and pedagogical strategies be modeled and explicitly taught to teacher education students, and that these experiences are coupled with closely supervised field experiences where important support and feedback is provided.
Whatever avenue you pursue for science teacher licensure, ensure that you receive multiple science methods courses (not just a general methods class), multiple early field experiences under the guidance of a cooperating teacher, educational psychology, and coursework that is taught by faculty who are both scholars in the field and have significant K-12 teaching experience. Teaching is a very difficult profession that is both cognitively and emotionally taxing. Quality preparation is a must!
Limited enrollmentIs there a limit on the number of people admitted to the program? Enrollment is limited because students must be placed in classrooms for practicum experiences and student teaching.
Qualifications for our program include:
Apply: Follow the procedures in the Educator Preparation Program graduate application procedures.
Deadline:Applications are due on or before February 1. However, late applications may, at faculty discretion, be accepted and reviewed.
Scholarships and financial aid
See the Educator Preparation graduate programs scholarships and financial aid page for School of Education and College of Human Sciences scholarships and other financial aid options. may be available.
Because secondary science is a state shortage area, the state offers loan deferment and loan forgiveness programs. The Iowa College Aid site provides information on this program.
Other helpful sites/resources:
Matt Brown at Iowa Student Loan, 800-273-7656 or 515-273-7656
The program adds up to $9000 in loan forgiveness over five years for qualifying students. Students who qualify for this program and additional existing programs potentially may receive up to $30,500 in loan forgiveness.
Primary areas of endorsement
Certain undergraduate degrees from accredited institutions qualify for licensure without the need to take additional coursework. In each case transcripts must indicate a minimum of 24 credit hours in the licensure area or 30 credit hours of science with at least 15 of those credits in the licensure area.
Primary areas of endorsement, other majors
If your degree is in a more specialized or hybrid field, such as horticulture or animal science, we must review your transcripts. The state of Iowa has specific requirements for licensure and we must ensure your coursework is aligned with those requirements.
All primary areas of endorsement must have 24 credit hours in the desired content area or 30 hours in science with 15 of those hours in that content area. All majors other than those listed above must have transcripts reviewed and courses approved by program faculty.
When we review your transcripts, we must see a bachelors degree in a science-related field, the required credit hours in science listed above, and a minimum of the following coursework:
You can get additional endorsements, depending on your university science coursework. For example, many biology majors find that a second endorsement in chemistry is quite easy to obtain. In some situations, an individual’s coursework may already meet state requirements while in other cases a few additional courses will be needed.
We advise earning multiple endorsements as this will give you optimal flexibility when you look for a teaching position. However, you should avoid endorsement in an area where you do not possess sufficient content understanding. Strong science content knowledge is necessary for effective teaching and children deserve teachers who are knowledgeable in their field.
Courses vary by semester, and student teaching can be done in several locations near Ames, including Des Moines. The program structure may vary, but tends to look something like this:
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