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Science and Mathematics Teaching Center

406 Wyoming Hall, 766-6381
FAX: (307) 766-3792
Web site: http://smtc.uwyo.edu/
Director: Jacqueline Leonard
Program Coordinator: Sylvia Parker

The Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC) is an intercollegiate, interdisciplinary program committed to excellence in science, mathematics, and technology education. Governed jointly by the Colleges of Education and Arts & Sciences, the SMTC, in cooperation with the Wyoming Department of Education 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 SMTC is comprised of faculty members from the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the College of 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.

MST includes a master's program for secondary mathematics teachers offered online and in summer which is a collaborative program between UW and the University of Northern Colorado. NED is designed for students pursuing careers as environmental and natural science educators in non-public school settings, though there is a certification option for students in the program. A Ph.D. in Science Education or Mathematics Education is available through the College of Education.

The SMTC offers three graduate degree program options: the Master of Science Teaching (MST), designed for secondary teachers; the Master of Science of Natural Science in Middle Level Math (MMA) or Middle Level Science (MSC), designed for elementary, middle, and general science and mathematics teachers; and the Master of Science in Natural Science (NED), designed for students that are completing the first year of their graduate program at Teton Science School.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Natural Science - Middle Level Math/Middle Level Science/Natural Science Education

In addition to the minimum requirements set forth by the University of Wyoming, the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center also requires:

Acceptance to the University of Wyoming

The student has a valid teaching certification (this requirement is waived for Natural Science Education students);

The student has a composite score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE general test or a score of 15 out of 20 on the SMTC GRE Alternative Portfolio;

SMTC Writing Sample;

Resume and 4 letters of recommendation.

Master of Science in Teaching

In addition to the minimum requirements set forth by the University of Wyoming, the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center also requires:

The student has a current teaching certification or will take courses leading to certification in conjunction with the master's program;

Acceptance into the University of Wyoming;

The student has a composite score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE general test or a score of 15 out of 20 on the SMTC GRE Alternative Portfolio (this requirement is waived for Mathematics Education Master's program offered through the Math Teacher Leadership Center);

SMTC writing sample;

Resume and 3 letters of recommendation.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

The SMTC has two graduate assistantships awarded on a competitive basis, as well as grant-funded graduate assistantships.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Natural Science, Middle Level Math/Middle Level Science

Plan B (non-thesis)

The university requirement for Plan B is 30 hours of coursework. The program requires at least 24 hours in mathematical sciences, biological sciences, or physical sciences. Of these, 15 hours must be natural sciences courses and 9 credit hours must be from appropriate science and mathematics courses in other departments.

The M.S. in Natural Science is intended for individuals teaching at the elementary or middle school level in science or mathematics.

The environment and natural resources graduate major or minor is an option for this program.

Master of Science in Teaching

Plan B (non-thesis)

The university requirement for Plan B is 30 hours of coursework. The program requires at least 24 hours in the teaching area or areas. A program designed for one teaching area must include 18 hours in that content area; a program designed for two teaching areas must include 12 hours in each content area. A program may include hours from other colleges if specifically approved by the supervising departments. Courses offered by the SMTC do not constitute a separate area in themselves, but may be applied to an appropriate area. A program designed for two teaching areas must be approved by the heads of both departments and the graduate committee for this program must include one member from each department.

Students who are interested in interdisciplinary degree option areas, such as biology, earth system science, environmental science, or earth and space science, will work with their graduate committee to tailor a program of study which meets the guidelines for the M.S.T.

The environment and natural resources graduate minor is an option for M.S.T. candidates.

The M.S.T. is intended for individuals teaching at the secondary level.

Master of Science in Natural Science, Natural Science Education

Plan B (non-thesis)

The university requirement for Plan B is 30 hours of coursework. This degree is limited to students accepted into the Teton Science School Professional Residency Program. The first year of study is at the Teton Science School site and the second year is at the University of Wyoming campus. 15 designated credit hours will be completed through the Teton Science School Professional Residency Program. For the remaining 15 credit hours (minimum) on the UW campus, students will work with a three-member faculty committee to design a balanced program of study in selected science content, science pedagogy, and related coursework.

The Environment and Natural Resources graduate major and minor is an option for this program.

The M.S. in Natural Science, Natural Science Education is intended for individuals pursuing careers as environmental and natural science educators in non-public school settings.

Natural Science (NASC) Courses

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