Professional Master of Arts in Elementary Math, Science, and Technology Education

Program Overview

The Professional Master of Arts (PMA) degree program in Elementary Math, Science, and Technology Education is a professional master's degree for elementary (K-8) teachers. The program offers teachers learning experiences that will allow them to enhance their competence as teachers of mathematics, science, and technology. The program's goal is to prepare teachers who are leaders in Math, Science, and Technology Education who are committed to providing all students the best educational opportunities possible.

Program Requirements

The program requires 33 hours of graduate-level courses to be completed in 36 months, as outlined in the Course of Study. Students are expected to successfully complete a STEM Education Project (MST 685) that integrates appropriate demonstrations of research and leadership skills, and inquiry-based teaching and learning as part of the comprehensive assessment of their learning in the program.

Sample Course of Study

Summer I


MST 600,601, or 609 Science Through Inquiry
3
MST 610 Math Through Inquiry
3
MST 611 Directed Research in Science & Math Internship
1
MST 612 Introduction to Teacher Leadership
1
Total:
8
 

Fall I

Elective (chosen from approved list)
3
Total:
3
 

Spring I

MST 650 Inquiry-based Curriculum: Development and Analysis

3
Total:
3
 

Summer II

MST 620, 621, or 629 Science Through Inquiry II

3
MST 660 Research in Math and Science
2
Total:
5
 

Fall II

MST 670 Action Research: Methods and Practice
3
Total:
3
 

Spring II

Elective (chosen from  approved list)
3
Total:
3
 

Summer III

MST 680 Nature of Inquiry and Innovation

3
MST 681 Advanced Teacher Leadership
2
MST 685 STEM Education Project
1
Total:
6
 

Fall III

MST 685 STEM Education Project
2
Total:
2


Total hours required:
33

Electives:

  • MST 630 Teaching Science Using Robotic Platforms
  • MST 631 The Science of Foods and Nutrition
  • MST 632 The Science of Matter
  • MST 633 Pharmacology and the Human Brain
  • MST 634 Crime Scene Science
  • MST 635 The Science of Global Climate Change
  • MST 636 The Science of Computer Games
  • MST 637 Scientific Myths and Misconceptions
  • MST 638 Special Topics

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements of the Graduate School, the program, and hold current teacher certification. Students progress through the program as a cohort.

Program Costs

Bradley is committed to making this program affordable and is offering the program at a 50% reduced tuition rate ($355 per credit hour for June 2011) for all qualified professional educators. This program qualifies for tuition reimbursement benefits for most local school districts. Fees include a $25 per semester graduate student activity fee, and lab fees ($50 per course) for some classes. The total cost of the program is thus comparable to ISU's rate for graduate programs for educators.

Program Start Date

The next cohort will start in Summer 2012 and will conclude in Spring 2015, with the following cohort tentatively scheduled to begin in Summer or Fall of 2015. The tentative schedule calls for the majority of the program to be during the summers with up to 3 hours of coursework in each Fall and Spring semester.

For More Information

Please let us know if you have any questions so that we can help you make an informed decision.

Department Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Sherri Morris, (309) 677-3016, sjmorris@fsmail.bradley.edu

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Robert Wolffe, (309) 677-2520, rjwolffe@fsmail.bradley.edu