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Natural Science

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Natural Science

The Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC) is is an interdisciplinary degree program committed to excellence in science, mathematics and technology education. Governed by Academic Affairs Graduate Program, the SMTC, in cooperation with the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and the Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB), serves as a science and mathematics education resource and professional development center for the state. The affiliate faculty for the SMTC is comprised of faculty members from the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Science, Education, and Engineering and Applied Science.

The SMTC provides extensive off-campus professional development that serves Wyoming communities, administrators, teachers, students, and school districts. SMTC in-service and extension courses, workshops, institutes, and conferences are provided with the principal purpose of improving science and mathematics teaching in Wyoming.

The SMTC administers and/or supports seven graduate degree programs - five master’s programs and two PhD programs:

  • The Masters of Science of Natural Science in Middle Level Math (MMA) and the Masters of Science of Natural Science in Middle Level Science (MSC). These degrees are designed for Wyoming’s in-service elementary, middle, and high school teachers. The focus on general science and mathematics and other science and mathematics related areas and the middle school level and lead to middle level certification provided by the Wyoming PTSB. Teachers must have two years of teaching experience to participate in these programs.
  • Masters of Science in Teaching – Natural Science (MST – Natural Science). This is a self – directed master’s degree working with the SMTC, SER, and The Haub School. The degree is developed individually to conform to the interest of the graduate student with an emphasis on formal or informal learning settings.
  • Masters of Science – Natural Science (MS – Natural Science. This is a self – directed master’s degree working with the SMTC, SER, and The Haub School. The degree is developed individually to conform with the interest of the graduate student.
  • Masters of Science in Natural Science Education (NED) is a Master’s degree designed for students pursuing careers as environmental and natural science educators in non-public school settings. These students spend one year at the Teton Science School in Jackson. In a long-standing MOU between the SMTC and TSS, students transfer in pre-established 15 graduate credit hours from TSS. They spend their second year at UW within the SMTC.

Admission requirements

For the MSC, MMA, MST and MS-Natural Science Master Degrees:

  • Two years of teaching experience and a valid teaching license
  • Application Fee, unless a UW Graduate
  • Official Transcripts from all Institutions attended and Bachelor Degree conferring institution
  • Must take the GRE or provide an Alternative Portfolio that includes a letter of Introduction, SMTC Writing Sample, and Resume, score of an average of a 3 or higher.
  • Writing Sample with three provided questions (if not already answered in the Alternative Portfolio)
  • Resume (if not already answered in the Alternative Portfolio)
  • Three Letters of Recommendations, which include a letter from the teacher’s principal and two other colleagues.
  • GRE Scores or Alternative Portfolio or writing sample are not necessary if a prior Masters’ degree has been awarded.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Topics in Natural Science
  • Physical Science in Global Context
  • Earth Science in Global Context
  • Life Science in Global Context
  • Numbers, Operations, and Patterns for the Middle-Level Learner
  • Social and Historical Issues in Mathematics and the Middle-Level Learner
  • Connecting Geometry with Problem-Solving for the Middle-Level Learner
  • Analysis of Data in the Media for the Middle-Level Learner
  • Mathematics of Change and the Middle-Level Learner
  • Methods of Teaching Middle-Level Mathematics
  • Using Instructional Technology for Middle-Level Mathematics
  • Assessment for Middle-Level Mathematics
  • Classroom Assessment in Middle-level Science
  • Spatial Data Instructional Technology
  • Integrated Instructional Strategies
  • Mathematics and Statistics in Science Teaching
  • Field Studies in Environmental Education
  • Advanced Elements of Field Ecology Course Design
  • Place-Based Education - Teton Science School
  • Teaching Practicum-Teton Science School
  • Introduction to Field Science Teaching
  • Place-Based Learning
  • Standards, Pedagogy and Research
  • Research Methodology
  • Seminar in Science for Secondary School Teachers
  • Investigation in Natural Science for Secondary Teachers
  • ML Science & Math Practicum
  • Directed Professional Study
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Plan B Project
  • Internship

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