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Science Education

College of Education

Welcome to Science Education!

If a science teaching career at the secondary school level (grades 7-12) is what you are seeking, you will find a diverse array of disciplines at UW.

Undergraduate Programs:

As a secondary science education major, you will complete a series of general education courses and courses in your chosen content area. Each of our secondary science education programs requires 120 – 128 semester credit hours to complete.

Our science education programs include five different concurrent majors. This means students can earn a degree in secondary education with a second major in their own content area (biology, chemistry, geology, physics, or earth system science). All graduates receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a 7-12 specialization in Science Education and a concurrent major in a particular science content area. With a concurrent major you will be opening up your career opportunities.

Students who choose a single field of study will focus their content courses primarily on one specific area of science (see program of study forms), but take at least one course in each of the other disciplines. Students may also select a major and a minor. Representative courses include EDSE 3275, “Methods I: Secondary Science Education,” and “GEOL 4777, “Geochemistry of Natural Waters.” Our science education programs meet respective accreditation standards and NCLB “highly qualified” definitions.

To learn more about the three phases of our program, please follow this link.

For those who already have a Bachelor's Degree in science and are interested in becoming certified to teach, we offer a Post-Baccalaureate Program that will lead to initial Wyoming teacher certification. The credits earned in this program can also be applied to a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, if you choose to pursue a graduate degree

Undergraduate programs:

  • Biological Sciences Education with a concurrent major in Biology
  • Chemistry Education with a concurrent major in Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences Education with a concurrent major in Environmental System Science
  • Earth Sciences Education with a concurrent major in Geology
  • Physics Education with a concurrent major in Physics
  • Post-Baccalaureate Program in Science Education
  • Additional endorsements

Graduate programs:

  • Middle-level science endorsement
    • This program is intended for teachers who do not already have a science content certification/degree
  • Master's in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ph.D. in Science Education


The program sheet and other important information is located on the Forms and Links page.

For more information please contact:
Dr. Andrea C. Burrows
McWhinnie Hall 314

Secondary Science majors are strongly encouraged to take the following Praxis II assessment for his/her content area. The candidates are also strongly encouraged to take the Middle School Science test.

Test Name and Number Required Passing Score Cost
Biology: Content Knowledge (5235) 148 $115
Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) 151 $115
Earth & Space Science: Content Knowledge (5571) 150 $115
Middle School Science (5440) 150 $115
Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) 137 $115

Storer Scholars

Seven University of Wyoming students will gain experience teaching science to elementary school students in the outdoors in Saratoga or Lander this summer through the Storer Scholars Award.

Sarah Hackworth, the graduate Storer Scholar, will teach both summer programs. The undergraduate Storer Scholars, Anna Reiner, Brenna Keslar, and Drew Hathaway will teach a program in Lander, WY during June, and Joshua Larson, Rachael Esh, and Wacey Lym will teach a program in Saratoga, WY during July.

Both groups of UW students are recipients of the George B. Storer Foundation Scholarship program, which supports the Teton Science Schools as part of its goal to improve teacher quality, facilitate the sharing of best practices, and use place as an integrating context for learning.

The Storer Scholars Award program began in the 2011-2012 academic year and is designed to provide the award winners with training and teaching experience in place-based science education and a financial award.

To prepare for their summer teaching assignment, the University of Wyoming students will attend a place-based science education course at Teton Science Schools in Grand Teton National Park, May 18-22, 2015. There, the students will focus on learning place-based education; how to teach science to children in the outdoors; and outdoor leadership.

Information on the UW Storer Scholars for 2015 is as follows:

Rachael Esh, from Washington, Illinois, is a student in the postbaccalaureate certification program seeking teacher licensure in Secondary Biology Education and Secondary Earth Science Education. She received a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Ohio University.

Drew Hathaway, from Fairview, Wyoming, is a Secondary Biology Education major with a second major in Spanish.

Brenna Keslar, from Cheyenne, Wyoming, is an Elementary Education major from Cheyenne who plans to graduate in May, 2017.

Joshua Larson, from Livingston, Wyoming, is a student in the postbaccalaureate certification program seeking teacher licensure in Secondary Biology Education. He received a bachelor’s degree in ecology wildlife and fisheries from Brigham Young University.

Wacey Lym, from Evanston, Wyoming, is a Secondary Chemistry Education major who expects to graduate in May, 2016.

Anna Reiner, from Cheyenne, Wyoming, is a Secondary Education/Mathematics major who expects to graduate in May, 2017.

Sarah Hackworth, from Issaquah, Washington, is a graduate student in the University of Wyoming’s Natural Science Education Program through the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Washington University.

For more information, contact Leslie Cook at (307) 734-3736 or email

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