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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Master's Degree in Science Education

Masters in Science Education - Cohort 7 - Starting Fall 2016



Earn a Master’s Degree designed for Science Educators

In Fall 2016, CSUN will form its fifth Science Education Masters cohort designed specifically for secondary science teachers.  We invite you to apply for this program, which leads to a Masters in Secondary Education as a Science Education Specialist. If interested in our program, please complete this interest survey.


Program Features

  • Classes are taken as a cohort with guaranteed enrollment
  • Two-year program; one night per week (Wed. 4-7, 7-10)
  • Curriculum designed for secondary science teachers
  • Emphasis on both theory and practice
  • Innovative techniques and activities in science
  • Integration of technology in the teaching of science
  • Action Research to improve teaching in the classroom
  • Collaboration with colleagues to improve teaching
  • Additional opportunities for professional development

Application Process

(1) Submit online interest survey
(2) Submit online application to the Department of Secondary Education
(3) Submit online application to the University
(4) Submit two letters of recommendation to: Graduate Advisor, Department of Secondary Education, Calfiornia State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA 91330-8265, or ask the authors mail them to norm.herr@csun.edu. Please ask them to put "Recommendation for ______" in the subject line.
(5) Contact Amy (818 677-2580, amy.unger @csun.edu) regarding admission if you have questions.

Program (Cohort VII starts Fall Semester, 2016)

Fall 2016
SED 619 Website Development for Science Educators
SED 625SC Theory & Research in the Teaching of Science
Spring 2017
SED 646 Computers in Science Teaching
SED 600 Research in Secondary Science Ed.
Fall 2017
SED 690 Seminar in Secondary Science Education
SED 695B Advanced Laboratory Curriculum Development
Spring 2018
SED 610 Issues in Science and Technology Ed.
SED 697 Directed Studies in Science Education


All courses are 3 units.  An additional 6 units are required for completion of the 30-unit MA Degree.  If you completed your credential within the past five years, you may be able to apply up to 6 units of credential coursework as elective credit.  If you are unable to transfer units from previous coursework, you may take courses during summer or regular sessions to complete this requirement.   Once admitted, the graduate advisor will review other possible courses you can take for your electives.


Applications to the university require a bachelors degree with an undergraduate GPA over 3.0 or a passing GRE score. Unfortunately the university does not take grades from credential classes into account. Students whose GPA is between 2.5 and 3.0 may be admitted conditionally. They must submit a passing GRE score by the end of the first year (50% on at least one of the three tests of the general GRE - content specific GRE tests are not required). For information on taking the general GRE exam visit www.gre.org

Timeline for graduate students

Science Education Credential Program | CSET Preparation