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Masters of Natural Science - Natural Science Education Concentration (NED)

  • What: A two-year program – Year 1 at the Teton Science Schools and Year 2 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
  • For Whom? A Program designed for students who are interested in gaining outdoor teaching experience with a focus on place-based education and ecology.  This concentration is limited to students accepted into the Teton Science Schools Graduate Program.
  • Why? The result is a Master’s degree in Natural Education from a self-designed balanced program of study and research.

Program Information


Coursework begins in the fall at the Teton Science School for Year One and Year Two starts the following fall on the University of Wyoming campus.  

Core Courses:

Year 1 at Teton Science Schools

  • Fall Semester:
    • Field Science Teaching
    • Community Ecology of the Greater Yellowstone (3 credits)*
    • Principles of Place-Based Education
    • Teaching Practicum
  • Spring Semester:
    • Winter Ecology
    • Ecological Inquiry (3 credits) *
    • Advanced Instructional Strategies
    • Teaching Practicum
  • Summer Semester:
    • Field Studies: Environmental Education (4 credits)*
    • Advanced Elements of Field Ecology Course Design (5 credits)*

 Year 2 at UW

  • Research Course: (Graduate Level - 4000 level or above.)
    • EDRE 5550 Action Research (3 credits)
    • EDRE 5600 Educational Research One: Survey (3 credits)
    • EDRE 5640 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education (3 credits)
    • NASC 5670 Plan B Research and Writing (credits) – fall only
  • Other Required Courses:
    • NASC 5650 - Place-Based Learning, Cognition and Assessment (3 credits)
    • 9 additional graduate credits at the 4000 level or above.
    • Plan B (non-thesis) project
  • Recommended Course:
    • FCSC 5101 - Program Evaluation (3 credits) 
    • NASC 5961 - Plan B Research (1 to 4 credits)
  • Required ENR Courses:
    • ENR 5000 - Approaches to Environment (3 credits)
    • ENR 5900 - ENV Assessment Domestic (3 credits)
*Credits transfer to UW NED Graduate Program


How to Apply

Application Steps

Year One

  • Contact Hannah McLimans at the Teton Science School (TSS) for admission information. 
  • Once you accepted to TSS then you can start an application with UW
  • Register as a new user, unless you are a former student then use your old UW user.  Access the graduate application.
    • complete the required personal and security information,

    • pay the $50 application fee

    • Fill in all schools you attended for your bachelor’s degree and all subsequent college course takes and have all official transcripts sent to UW or have two copies sent to TSS so one can come to UW. 

    • Send Shot Records (MMR) to UW Student Health with your W#, which is assigned as soon as you submit your application.  State that you are a TSS graduate student.

  • For the Program of Study choose Natural Science MS – College of Education (Natural Science Educ.)  Start Year One at TSS
  • Write down the email, user name and password and W number from this application.  You will need this information for your Year Two application.

Year Two

  • Enter your UW username and password from Year One or forgot password to reset. 
  • For the Program of Study choose Natural Science MS – College of Education (Natural Science Educ.) Start Year Two at UW. 
  • To complete the application follow the directions on the application page.  Remember to use an email other than your Teton Science School email.
  • You will need:
    • A current resume
    • GRE scores or a GRE Alternative Portfolio (information sent by Admissions by email)
    • Three letters of recommendation – one previous letters and two from TSS instructors (one classroom and one field).  Follow the instructions on application.
    • A completed writing sample (questions sent by Admissions). 
      • If you are doing the alternative portfolio, use the writing sample to complete the portfolio.
    • All information is uploaded or filled in on the Admissions
If you have questions or are having any problem regarding the application process, please contact the SMTC ( or Rob Steele in Admissions ( or 307-766-3866).


Application Deadlines:

Applications are due February 1st by 11:59 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. the following Monday if February 1st   falls on a weekend. 
Scholarships & Internships are available as funding allows.  Contact the SMTC for information.
This program is a Gainful Employment program.


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