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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Natural Science/Science Education, Thesis, MEd (In Moratorium)

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College of Science and Engineering

This program is not currently accepting new students for the 2011-2012 Academic Year. For further information, please contact Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Department, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, SL 220, Bellingham WA 98225-9155, 360-650-7605.

Graduate Faculty

Acevedo-Gutierrez, Alejandro, PhD, biology.
DeBari, Susan, PhD, geology.
Donovan, Deborah, PhD, biology.
Geary, Edward, PhD, geology.
Linneman, Scott, PhD, geology.
Miles, John, PhD, Huxley College of the Environment.
Myers, O. Eugene, PhD, Huxley College of the Environment.

Program Advisor: Dr. Edward Geary


This program is focused on helping practicing teachers of science at all levels P-12 advance their careers by:

  • Improving their instruction through advanced study, research and field work;
  • Gaining familiarity with current research on student learning and new developments in curriculum assessment; and developing their leadership skills.


Students applying for admission are normally expected to have a teaching certificate and to have completed at least one year of teaching in the P-12 system prior to entering the program. Elementary endorsed teachers are expected to have completed at least one course in each of the science areas (biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics). Secondary teachers are expected to have an undergraduate major or minor and a subject endorsement in their area of specialization. (General science teachers should have an endorsement in one or more of the natural sciences. A major in a science field is highly desirable.)

Application Information

In addition to the Graduate School-required materials for admission, each student is required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and submit a résumé and a statement of personal career goals and reasons for seeking admissions to the program. An on-campus interview may be requested by the program faculty.

Program Requirements (48 credits)

This option requires students to submit a proposal for a Thesis (690a) or a Field Project (690b) for approval by the student’s committee prior to registering for 690a or b. A thesis involves original research. A field project is a formal study carried out in a school setting. Both require the preparation of a formal document.

Program Requirements

Comprehensive assessment

Student achievement in the program will be assessed by faculty through either the thesis (field project) proposal or the thesis (field project) and the oral defense (option I); or the action research proposal, summary document and presentation (option II)

Focus (electives) under advisement [20 credits]

❑ Emphasis in specific disciplines, pedagogy, assessment or science education research. At least 11 credits must be taken at the 500 level.

Thesis [6-12 credits]

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