May 28, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin 
2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science Education (Physics) MS

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The program of study at the master’s degree level is designed to increase the professional competency of science and mathematics teachers and to provide the coursework necessary to meet standards of teaching certification at this advanced level. The Master of Science in Science Education degree is offered with an emphasis in biology, chemistry, mathematics, earth and environmental sciences, or physics. The program outcomes expressed in terms of student learning include demonstration of (a) graduate-level mastery of knowledge in the student’s selected emphasis area; (b) the ability to integrate content knowledge into curricular, instructional, and assessment strategies for students at different educational levels; and (c) the ability to formulate, implement, and sustain changes in reforming science education to meet national standards at a school level.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the Academic Requirements and Procedures , regular admission to the master’s program in science education requires a bachelor’s degree in any area of science (or a combination of science and professional education) and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate study with a 2.75 grade point average on the last 60 hours. A Mississippi Department of Education Class-A license is required if advancement to a Class-AA licensure is desired. Applicants are required to present to the Center Director for consideration verbal, quantitative and writing scores on the Graduate Record Examination, a résumé, three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study and a one- to two-page statement of the applicant’s teaching philosophy in the areas of knowledge to be addressed, teaching methodology, and assessment.

The Center honors a rolling admission deadline. Applicants must complete the online application through the Graduate School and supply all necessary documentation. Graduate applicants must complete the review process before the semester begins. Please review the academic calendar for class start dates.

Students who fail to meet the criteria for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission if the Program Admissions Committee, Center Director, Dean of the College, and Dean of the Graduate School are satisfied that the applicant shows promise of successfully completing graduate degree requirements. Regular admission will be granted with the completion of nine (9) semester hours of Southern Miss graduate work (500 level or higher of which 3 hours must be in SME) with a minimum of a B average on all courses taken while completing this nine (9)-hour requirement, the removal of deficiencies, and a positive recommendation from the student’s adviser.

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

The master’s degree requires a minimum of thirty-four (34) semester hours of graduate work with a 3.0 GPA as specified below (18 hours must be 600 level or higher).

  • Twenty-one (21) semester hours in a content area with a minimum of 12 hours in the emphasis area and a minimum of 3 hours in a related discipline
  • Six (6) semester hours in professional education
  • Seven (7) semester hours in science education (including SME 601 , and 1 hour of SME 789 , and limiting hours of special problems to 3 semester hours)
  • All students must subscribe to the TK20 Assessment system. TK20 provides an electronic portfolio and storage system for students as well as tracks, stores, retrieves and analyzes data for accreditation purposes.

Comprehensive Exams: After completing 18 semester hours of required courses, the student should arrange a three-member graduate committee with the approval of the Center Director. To graduate, students must complete an approved program of study with a 3.0 grade point average, complete written comprehensive examinations or compile and submit a portfolio showing evidence of mastery of the program learning outcomes, and pass an oral comprehensive examination administered by the student’s graduate committee.

Research and Scholarly Integrity Education: All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their respective schools. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their schools the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RSIE policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.

See General Degree Requirements  and General Academic Information  for other requirements and expectations.

Course Requirements (34 hours)

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