School of Education  
 

M.S.E. Program

 
M.S.E. Overview
 

The Master in Science Education (M.S.E.), developed in collaboration with Lawrence Technological University, is designed for certified teachers who wish to strengthen their competencies in the teaching of science at the elementary and middle school levels. Unique in its approach to teacher education, the M.S.E. emphasizes both science content and science teaching methods in each course. All courses have been developed with the advice and counsel of master teachers to insure that both science content and methods are congruent with and supportive of elementary and middle school classrooms.

Course instruction emphasizes content and models the methods of teaching and learning that are an integral part of the science classroom. M.S.E. classes are constructivist in nature, inquiry-driven, and project-based. Both the pedagogy and the content of each course are explored, discussed, and practiced. Participating educators will:

  • work in small groups;
  • perform investigations;
  • discuss concepts and results;
  • keep journals;
  • develop unit plans; and
  • design lesson plans.
Teachers will be encouraged to use the technology available in the schools to access data and perform investigations using computers. In addition, teachers will learn how to effectively utilize inexpensive, readily available materials. Opportunities for exploring local resources such as the Baldwin Observatory at Aquinas College, John Ball Zoological Garden, Blandford Nature Center and Frederik Meijer Gardens will provide additional and continuing resources for educators to use in their own classrooms.

All course objectives are aligned with the Michigan Curriculum Framework. Teachers enrolled in the M.S.E. program will learn methods needed to prepare students for success in learning science. In addition, their students will be better prepared to pursue scientific careers and to meet the demands of the rapidly changing information age.
 
M.S.E. Admission Requirements   Application materials may be mailed to:

Applications are accepted throughout the year for the M.A.T. program. A candidate may begin the program in any semester. Admission requirements are:

  1. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or
    higher on a 4.0 scale.
  2. An admission advising appointment with a School of Education advisor.
    Call the School of Education at (616) 632-2800 to schedule an advising appointment.
  3. Completed application for MSE program.
    There is no application fee for the MSE program.
  4. Copy of your Michigan teaching certificate
  5. Two official transcripts from each college attended.
    Send all transcripts directly to the School of Education.
 

Aquinas College School of Education
1607 Robinson Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506


Materials may also be dropped off at the School of Education office located in the Academic Building, room AB 260. Applications for the M.Ed. program are accepted throughout the year. Application deadlines for each semester are as follows:

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 15


Accepted candidates may start the program at the beginning of any fall or spring semester.

 

M.S.E. Program Requirements
Candidates who wish to earn the MSE degree with an Integrated Science (DI) endorsement are required to complete 36 credit hours of required coursework and earn a passing score on the MTTC Integrated Science subject area test. All coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or above. No more than six (6) graduate semester credit hours may be transferred into the program, of which, only one course may be transferred from any given scientific discipline.

All prospective students meet with the Director of the Master in Science Education Program to review an exact course of study based upon undergraduate coursework and graduate program goals. Please note that all coursework for the MSE degree must be completed within five years of the time enrolled in the first course. The degree, Master in Science Education, is conferred when the following requirements are met:

  • A minimum of 36 semester hours of approved graduate coursework in the MSE program; a minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College .
  • Cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Culminating experience (MSE 692: Project Seminar) judged at mastery level.
  • Payment of all financial obligations to the College.
  • Proper application for the degree. It is the student's responsibility to initiate the application process two semesters prior to the anticipated completion of the program or after the completion of 30 credits.
Applications for degree are available in the School of Education. When the student returns the completed application to the School of Education , his/her record will be audited. Graduation ceremonies are held in May and December, and student are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremonies.
  • A minimum of 36 semester hours of approved graduate course work in the M.A.T. program; a minimum of 27 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Culminating experience (EN 690: Master Teaching Project) judged at mastery level.
  • Payment of all financial obligations to the College.
  • Proper application for the degree. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the process two semesters prior to anticipated completion of the program or after the completion of 27 credits.

Applications for degree are available in the School of Education main office in Academic Building room 260. When the student returns the completed application to the School of Education, his/her record will be audited. Students who complete requirements in December of the previous year, or May or August of the graduation year are encouraged to participate in the May commencement ceremonies.  

Students may also elect to complete only the requirements to add an individual endorsement to a current teaching certificate. The endorsement requirements range from 21 credit hours to 31 credit hours, depending upon the area of endorsement, plus a passing score on the state test for the individual endorsement.
 

Integrated Science (DI) Endorsement (36 semester credit hours)
Through the MSE program, teachers earn a K-8 Science Endorsement with the completion of the degree requirements and passing scores on the required State of Michigan subject-area tests.  


Program Requirements: 36 Credit Hours

  • EN 581 Science for the Classroom Teacher
  • MSE 530 Geosphere
    MSE 540 Motion, Forces and Energy
  • MSE 550 Astronomy
  • MSE 611 Cell Structure and Function; Prerequisite: MSE 621
  • MSE 613 Organismal Diversity and Function; Prerequisite: MSE 621 and MSE 611
  • MSE 616 Evolution and Ecology; Prerequisite: MSE 621 and MSE 611
  • MSE 621 Atoms and Their Interactions
  • MSE 630 Atmosphere and Weather
  • MSE 640 Electricity, Magnetism and Waves
  • MSE 691 Foundations of Science, Content Integration & Research Proposal; Prerequisite: Completion of 30 hours in program
  • MSE 692 Research Project  

Electives to be used as replacement courses with approval of the Director of the Integrated Science Program:

  • EN 566 Classroom Management
  • EN 561 Assessing Student Learning

 
The following course may also be required:
EN 610 Inquiry-Based Literacy and Differentiated Instruction

NOTE: EN 610 must be taken by all certified teachers who are not eligible for a Professional Certificate by June 30, 2009
 

Master of Science Education Course Schedules

Schedule (pdf): There are currently no courses scheduled specifically scheduled for the Master of Science Education program. Please contact the School of Education at (616) 632-2800 for more information.
Courses: Click here for graduate course descriptions
Current Tuition:$548/credit

  • Additional activities beyond class meeting times will be required for most courses.
  • Nine graduate credits are considered full time. Permission is required for more than twelve credits per semester.
  • Parking permits are required and available at no charge at Campus Safety (616) 632-3754.
  • Please notify the Graduate Education Office if you have an address or telephone number change.
We attempt to contact students if a class is cancelled; keeping us updated with your contact information could save you a trip to campus later!
 
State Competency Tests:

Any MSE student adding an endorsement to a Michigan teaching certificate must pass a State subject area test for that endorsement area only. Contact the School of Education office at (616) 632-2800 for additional information and registration materials.

 
Application for Degree:

A student completing a master's degree must complete an Application for Degree one semester prior to the anticipated graduation date (December, May, or August). Contact the School of Education Office at (616) 632-2800 to obtain an application for degree.

 
Field Components:

Some MSE courses may require a field component. You are encouraged to contact your education advisor or the instructor prior to registration for specific field component information.

 
Donnelly Scholarships/
Hruby Scholarships:

New or prospective students may be eligible for tuition assistance. For information, please call Adult Student Recruitment at (616) 632-2923. If you have already received a Hruby or Donnelly Scholarship, please call Financial Aid at (616) 632-2893 each time you register for classes so the scholarship will be posted to your account.

 
Accounts Receivable Information:

Payment is due in full by the first day of each semester unless you have applied and paid for our Multiple Payment or Employer Reimbursement plans. Unpaid accounts will receive AR HOLDS barring further registration until charges are paid in full, and will result in the application of interest charges of 1% per month. Please call Student Accounts for payment plan forms and further information at (616) 632-2864.

 
No-Show Policy:

Students who do not officially drop a class within the initial 14 day add/drop period and are administratively dropped from a class, will be assessed a fee of $150 per class. For students officially dropping a class, either before the class starts or within the first two weeks of the class, there will be no charge. It is not the instructor’s responsibility to drop you from a class or to deliver your drop/add slip to the Graduate Education Office.

 
Campus Parking:

Parking permits are required and available at the Campus Safety Office (616) 632-2462. You will need to present both your driver's license and car registration forms for documentation.

 
Student Photo ID:

A student photo ID is necessary to use the services of the Grace Hauenstein Library and the computer labs. You may have the ID prepared at Campus Safety.