Physics: Adolescence (7-12 or 5-12)

Degrees Offered: Certificate of Advanced Study; Ed.M.
Certification Options: Initial Certification; Initial Certification/Professional Certification (combined); Professional Certification

Master's-level study in science education prepares adolescence-level teachers in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. Students who have initial certification at the adolescence level can elect for an Ed.M. which qualifies them for professional certification at the middle school child and adolescence levels. In addition, students in programs in early childhood or childhood education may choose to concentrate studies in science. Doctoral study in science education provides additional qualifications for administrative and research positions, as well as for teaching science and science education at the college level. The science education program is enhanced by the faculty's involvement in current developments in science education both in the United States and abroad. The unique sequence of research experiences and courses in the programs includes science curriculum, science instruction, measurement and evaluation of science instruction, and a research seminar. Coursework includes areas such as science, technology, and human values supplements the core program.

Planning Documents

These documents will provide candidates with a roadmap for successful completion. In addition to listing the requirements, you will find columns to log your grades and the semester you have/plan to take required courses towards earning your degree.

Certificate of Advanced Study (Initial Certification)
For those who do not hold a valid NYS Initial Teacher Certification in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics (grades 7-12) and are seeking a recommendation for the Initial Teacher Certificate.

Master of Education (Initial/Professional Certification)
For those who do not hold a valid NYS Initial Teacher Certificate in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics (grades 7-12) and are seeking the Master of Education as well as recommendation for the Initial Teacher Certificate in one of the above listed program areas (grades 7-12 with grades 5-6 extension). Completion of this master's degree may also lead to a recommendation for the Professional Teacher Certificate (grades 7-12) and the Professional Extension in the same content area (grades 5-6).

Master of Education (Professional Certification)
For those who hold a valid NYS Initial Teacher Certificate in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics (grades 7-12) and are seeking the Master of Education as well as recommendation for the Professional Teacher Certificate (grades 7-12) in the same content area as your valid NYS Initial Teacher Certificate. The Professional Extension (grades 5-6) in the same content area is an additional option.

Additional Certifications: Advanced Certificate in Educational Technology and New Literacies

Many Science Education Ed.M. candidates also receive an Advanced ETNL Certificate because of the strong integration of technology teaching and learning courses offered by various UB Faculty experts. With proper planning students can complete their Professional Certification, their Master's degree, and this Advanced Certificate in Educational Technology in 15 months. Learn More >