The Educational Specialist Certificate program requires a minimum of 30 credits beyond the master’s degree. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the liberal education of elementary, middle, and high school teachers and administrators so that they are more effective as professional workers in the field of Science Education. The specific content of each major is dependent upon the individual student’s needs and interests. The typical plan includes course work in the science education and related curriculum courses as well as subject matter areas supportive of a science major or minor.
The education specialist certificate in science education allows professionals to work as curriculum specialists in their area of concentration and to perform leadership roles in their schools and/or district. This knowledge and skills acquired in this program are also important to those interested in pursuing a doctorate in education.