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Middle Level Science (MSC)|Science and Mathematics Teaching Center

Master's of Natural Science - Middle Level Science Concentration (MSC)


  • Mission: To deepen understanding of science concepts and environments that support teaching and learning science.

  • For Who? Current teachers who would like to obtain a middle-level science endorsement and have at least 2 years of teaching experience.

  • Why? The content courses can be used as professional development towards meeting the federal definition of a "highly qualified" teacher.

Program Information:

Master's Option

The Masters in Natural Science - Science program includes 30 hours of course work with a:

  • Minimum of 24 hours of core courses in life sciences, physical sciences, and earth science, and in content, pedagogy & research
  • 6 additional graduate credits in appropriate science and or research courses
  • Completion of a Plan B (non-thesis) or Capstone project

Certificate Option

Teachers who are interested in this program, but not in holding a master's degree may complete the UW certificate program. This includes completing the 24 hours of core courses, which results in an institutional recommendation from UW to Wyoming Dept of Education.  More information on the completion of the certificate option and not the master's degree can be found here.

Core Courses:

Earth Sciences Rotation

Life Sciences Rotation

Physical Sciences Rotation

ASTR 4000 - Astronomy for Teachers

NASC 5120 - Earth Science in a Global Context

NASC 5300 - Natural Science Assessment

NASC 5400- Spatial Data Instruction Technology


BOT 4790 - Field Techniques

ENTO 5601 - Insects for Teachers

NASC 5130 - Life Sciences in a Global Context

NASC 5660- Standards, Pedagogy and Research

SOC 4890 - Global Populations and Environments


EE 4800 - Energy Policies and Impacts

NASC 5110 - Physical Science

NASC 5510 – Integrated Instructional Strategies

NASC 5600 - Math and Stats in Science Teaching


Application Deadline:

  • April 1 at 11:59 p.m. - If this date lands on a weekend, then the deadline will be the following Monday at 5:00 p.m. If you have questions or are having any problems please contact SMTC ( or 307 766.6381) or Janet Renneisen in admissions ( or 307 766-3869), and we will be happy to help you.

Application Steps: 

1.   Go the

2.   Enter your UW username and password or start a new application. Once you have access to the admissions website, complete all required information for a graduate application.

3.   For the Program of Study choose Natural Science MS – College of Education (Middle Level Science)

4.   To complete the application follow the directions on the application page.

You will need:

    • A $50 application fee
    • A current resume
    • GRE scores or a GRE Alternative Portfolio (information sent by admissions by email)
    • Three letters of recommendation – follow instructions on application
    • Transcripts from all colleges attended, must include a Bachelor’s Degree
    • A completed writing sample (questions sent by admissions)
    • Proof of MMR immunization

All information is either uploaded or filled in on the admissions website.

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