Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Master of Science in Science Education Program

Program Code: MSED-NS

Major Code: SBI (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher
Certification in Biology 7-12)

SCH (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher
Certification in Chemistry 7-12)

SEA (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher
Certification in Earth Science 7-12)

SPH (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher
Certification in Physics 7-12)

HEGIS: 0834

Earth Sciences and Science Education Department

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Gary S. Solar, Chair

Science Building 271, (716) 878-6731

Catherine Lange, Program Coordinator

Science Building 211, (716) 878-5558


Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This Master of Science in Science Education program is designed for individuals holding an undergraduate degree in a core science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology, or Physics). Candidates who complete 31-37 credit hours (which includes student teaching and a master's project) in education coursework may quality for NYSED initial certification allowing them to teach science in grades 7-12 in New York State.

Admission Requirements:

Candidates new to Buffalo State College: Potential candidates will follow Buffalo State College entrance procedures, which include an online Graduate School Application (http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/admissions). Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with sufficient academic background in the prospective area of teaching to take graduate work in the discipline. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the program coordinator for a transcript review and a pre-application interview.

The following criteria will also be required:

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions that the candidate has attended.
  2. Overall GPA 3.0 or higher.
  3. Proficiency in a foreign language through the 102 level.
  4. One year of foreign language.
  5. Science certification area (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology or Physics) GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  6. Thirty hours of science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology or Physics).
  7. Statement of intent that should include:
  8. a) reasons for pursuing graduate study in science education;
  9. b) career aspirations;
  10. c) special interests within the field;
  11. d) any unusual features of background that might need explanation or be of interest to the program's admissions committee.
  12. 7. Letter of reference that includes an assessment of the applicant's ability to work with others.

Buffalo State Quick Admit: For candidates with undergraduate degrees from SUNY Buffalo State - The Science Education Department will have an agreement with the content science departments to Buffalo State Fast Track their majors wishing to become certified to teach. Students in the following degree programs at SUNY Buffalo State who meet above admission requirements (3.0 or higher overall and 3.0 in science discipline) can move directly into the M.S.Ed. program with this Buffalo State Fast Track option:

1) BA Biology

2) BA Chemistry

3) BA Geology (BS Earth Sciences only with foreign language requirement)

4) BA Physics (BS Physics only with foreign language requirement)

Official transcripts are not required for candidates on Buffalo State Fast Track.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

31-37 cr

Professional Education and Science Education

15-21 cr

SCI 502

Secondary Science Education Teaching: Theory, Content and Pedagogy

SCI 545

Literacy for Teaching Science

SCI 650

Current Topics in Science Education

SCI 664

Teaching Science with Technology

EXE 500

Individuals with Special Needs

SPF 503

Education Psychology

EDU 609

Improving Reading in the Content Areas


13 cr

SCI 677

Middle School Science Teaching Experience (6 cr)

SCI 678

High School Science Teaching Experience (6 cr)

SCI 679

Seminar in Science Education (1 cr)

Culminating Project

3 cr

SCI 690

Master's Project

Total Required Credit Hours

31-37 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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Graduate Programs at Buffalo State

Graduate Programs by School

Adult Education (M.S. and Graduate Certificate)

Applied Economics (M.A.)

Art Conservation (M.A. and C.A.S.)

Art Education (M.S.Ed.)

Art Education (PTCP)

Biology (M.A.)

Biology Education (7–12, M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (M.S.Ed.)

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)

Chemistry Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 6; M.S.Ed.)

Creative Studies (M.S.)

Creativity and Change Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Earth Science Education (7-12), M.S.Ed.


Educational Technology (M.S.Ed.)

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building & District

English (M.A.)

English Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

English Education (7–12; PTCP)

Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)

Forensic Science (M.S.)

French Education (7–12; PTCP)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.A.)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

History (M.A.)

Human Resource Development (Graduate Certificate)

Industrial Technology (M.S.)

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

Public Management (Graduate Certificate)

Public Relations M.S.

Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Guide to Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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