Master of Science in STEM Education

GRADUATE Program Requirements

The Master of Science in STEM Education degree (non-thesis option) requires 30 credits of coursework. Students pursuing the degree may double count up to six credits which were used in fulfilling the requirements of their undergraduate degree, towards their graduate program. One additional 400-level course may be counted toward the graduate degree, if the course is not counted towards the undergraduate degree. All courses must have been passed with a “B-” or better. 

For all three specialty areas – Science Teaching, Mathematics Teaching, and Computer Science Teaching – the curriculum structure consists of (i) a set of required courses, (ii) a pair of discipline specific pedagogy courses, and (iii) general elective courses that serve to supplement the student’s technical interests.



Each specialty area requires the following 6 courses:

SCED562 – K-12 Field Experience & Building Student Relationships (3 credits)

SCED533 – Educational Psychology & Assessment (3 credits)

SCED563 – Dynamic Teaching: Motivation, Classroom Management, and Differentiation of Instruction (3 credits)

SCED564 – Capstone Curriculum Design I – Practicum (3 credits)

SCED565 – Capstone Curriculum Design II – Student Teaching (6 credits)

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Specialty in Science Teaching

SCED515 – Scientific Practices vs. Engineering Design and the Nature of Science* (3 credits)

SCED545 – Physics and Chemistry Teaching Techniques (3 credits)

Specialty in Mathematics Teaching

MAED505 – Mathematical Practices and the Social Context of Mathematics (3 credits)

MAED525 – Pre-Algebra and Algebra Teaching Techniques (3 credits)

Specialty in Computer Science Teaching

MAED535 – Computer Science Teaching Techniques (3 credits)

MAED598 – Computer Science Practices & Technological Impacts on Society (3 credits)


SCED515 – Scientific Practices vs Engineering Design and the Nature of Science* (3 credits)

*SCED533, SCED563, and SCED515 are approved to count as H&SS Restricted Electives


Finally, the remaining six credits can be fulfilled through general elective courses (that may be taken in other departments on campus), independent studies, or professional practice*.



* Up to six credits of Special Topic or Independent Study may be in the form of project credits done on the job as an employee or as a graduate intern. If project credits are to be used, the project proposal and final report must be approved by a Mines faculty advisor, although direct supervision may be provided by the employer.

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Mines Combined Undergraduate / Graduate Degree Program

Commonly referred to as a “4+1” degree, Teach@Mines offers a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program that enables students to work on a Bachelor of Science in any department at Mines and a Master of Science in any of the three teaching specialty areas simultaneously. Students take 30 credits of coursework at the graduate level in addition to the undergraduate requirements, and work on both degrees at the same time. As described above, a total of nine credits of 400-level coursework may be counted toward the graduate degree.  Students pursuing the Master of Science degree may choose up to six credits (400- or 500-level) to “double-count”; that is, apply towards both their Bachelor of Science degree requirements and their Master of Science degree requirements simultaneously. All courses must have been passed with a “B-” or better. Interested students must apply for the combined program before they complete their undergraduate degree program.