The Master of Education (M.Ed.)/Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Science Education Online is a graduate program offered jointly by the College of Education and College of Natural Sciences. Courses are offered from several departments to best serve the needs of elementary and middle school teachers.

Program participants can earn an M.Ed./Ed.S. through the College of Education. Massachusetts’ teachers can earn Professional Licensure through completion of the M.Ed. and/or by earning 12 credits beyond the master’s degree while enrolled in an Ed.S. program. The master’s degree is comprised of 33 credits and the Ed.S. requires 30 credits. In addition, development is underway to add a 15 credit graduate certificate.

Leads to Professional Licensure for Teachers in Massachusetts in the following areas:

  • Teachers of General Science: Grades 5-8
  • Elementary Teachers: Grades 1-6

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Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Summer Fee per credit $525
Fall Fee per credit $569
Registration Fee per semester $60
Returned Check Fee per semester** $30

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled.

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course

There is also a one-time $507 Graduate Registrar's Service Fee, which is a one-time fee paid by all entering matriculated graduate students.


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Plan of Study: 

Content is based on the National Science Education Standards and the Massachusetts Science and Technology Frameworks.

  • Discovering the Universe: Astronomy for Teachers (Astronomy)
  • Investigating the Oceans (Geosciences)
  • Nutrition & Health in the Science Classroom (Nutrition)
  • Organisms Diversity & Interactions (Biology)
  • Genetics (Biology)
  • Insects in the Science Classroom (Entomology)
  • Planet Earth (Geosciences)
  • Chemistry by Example (Chemistry)
  • Matter in Context (Chemistry)
  • Electricity & Magnetism in the Science Classroom (Physics)
  • Energy, Forces, and Motion (Physics)
  • Investigating Science Classrooms (Education)
  • SEO Capstone Course (Education)

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Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.

  1. Fill out the FAFSA form at studentaid.gov.
  2. It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Amherst school code number 002221.
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