Our program will prepare you to be a science education leader in the K-12 setting or to be a university science educator through approximately equal components of education and science with supporting work in additional science fields. You will select a science major field of study from:

Throughout your program you will have an advisor to assist you in making decisions. From the beginning, we assign you an initial advisor who will mentor you through the program. During your first year of study your advising committee will be appointed. Often, but not always, a student's initial advisor will chair the student's advising and dissertation committee. Your advising committee will review and approve your academic program.  To review complete course information, see the graduate catalog.

SCI 696 - Current Issues in Science Education
SCI 790 - Internship in Science Education
ID 705 - Research Colloquium

Courses in science field different from the major or related area; 15 hours total.

Courses in education and science education not included in major: 20 hours.

 A course in learning or in development, and:
EDPSY 646 - Tests and Measurements
EDHI 609 - Preparing for the Professoriate: Teaching in Higher Education
EDHI 610 - Issues in Higher Education
DISS 799 - Doctor's Dissertation

Completion deadline

  • You must complete the program within seven years of when you began it.

Program approval

  • Full-time students must receive advisor approval by the end of the first year of study
  • Part-time students must receive advisor approval by the end of the second year of study

Coursework, minimum of 90 hours, distributed as follows:

  • Forty-eight of the required 90 hours must be completed at Ball State
  • Science education and education coursework
    • Not to overlap with any other requirements
    • Includes:
      • EDHI 609 Teaching at the College Level
      • EDHI 610 Issues in Higher Education
      • EDPSY 646 Tests and Measurement
      • SCI 696 Current Issues in Science Education
      • One course in learning or development
  • Major in one of the science fields listed below, 25 credit hours
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Geology  
    • Natural Resources and Environmental Management
    • Physics and Astronomy
    • Nutrition and Health Science
  • Cognate in another science field or related area, 15 credit hours
    • Courses in education and science education, not included in the major, 20 hours

Research colloquium (ID 705), 2 credit hours 

  • Two semesters in the research colloquium
  • At least one session presentation

Dissertation, 10 credit hours

  • In science education at the elementary, middle, secondary, or college level

Teaching Internship, (SCI 790) 3 credit hours

  • A supervised, extended internship to give you experience in methods classes and in lower-division science classes in conventional and technology-oriented systems instruction


  • One of two residency options must be completed.
    • Option A: Two consecutive semesters, which may include one summer, during which at least 15 hours of graduate coursework must be completed. 
    • Option B: At least 24 hours in four consecutive semesters, including summer(s), with at least six hours taken each semester