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

Middle Level Science Concentration (MSC)

Program Information:

The SMTC Masters of Science in Natural Science - Middle Level Science Concentration (MSC) is designed for elementary, middle school, and general science teachers who want to deepen their understanding of science concepts and environments that support teaching and learning science.  The program is based on national and state science standards, addressing the need for "Highly Qualified" teacher status in science education.  Courses provide content and pedagogy through interdisciplinary connections and contextual applications to real word situations.   Unifying themes and processes in science and the view of science as inquiry drive the courses.  Courses with a focus on science content, instructional strategies, and research rotate on a three year sequence among interdisciplinary problems drawn from the disciplines of physical science, earth science, and life science.  The 24 hours of courses specifically designed for this program are currently include not only summers but also academic year courses via distance and hybrid instruction.

The MS NS - Science program must include 30 hours of course work with a:

  • Minimum of 24 hours in biological sciences, physical sciences, or mathematics
    • 18 hours in natural sciences (NASC prefix)
    •   6 hours from appropriate science and mathematics courses in other department
  • 6 additional Graduate Credits
  • Completion of a Plan B (non-thesis) paper


Teaching Endorsement Information
Short Course Descriptions

Plan B Paper Guidelines

Summer 2015 (Classes start June 8th thru July 2nd 2015)

NASC 5110 Physical Science (3)
NASC 5600 Math and Stats in Science Teaching (2)
NASC 5510 Integrated Instructional Strategies (2)
EE      4800 Energy Policies and Impacts (1)

Summer 2016

NASC 5120 Earth Science in a Global Context (3)
ASTR 4000 Astronomy for Teachers (2)
NASC 5300 Natural Science Assessment (2)
NASC xxxx  Instructional Technology (1)

Summer 2017

NASC 5130 Life Sciences in a Global Context (3)
ENTO 5601 Insects for Teachers (1)
SOC  4890 Global Populations and Environments (1)
NASC xxxx Standards, Pedagogy & Research (2)
BOT   4790 Field Techniques (1)

Before you apply, please ask yourself the following three questions: 

1) Am I certified teacher?

2) Am I currently teaching? 

3) Have I taught for at least one year? 

Our courses are designed for current teachers who have had experience teaching in their own classroom. While we can make certain exceptions, we believe that teachers get more out of our program after they have at least two years experience. Because of this, we do not accept students who have only recently completed their undergraduate coursework. If you are uncertain whether or not you meet these criteria, please call or email us with questions. 

How to Apply: 

To apply for our programs, go the University of Wyoming website here. Find the admissions graduate tab and either enter your UW username and password or start a new application.  Once you have access to the admissions website complete all the information that is required. For the Program of Study choose Natural Science MS - College of Education (Middle Level Science)

The following need to be included for a complete application:


  • Pay a $50 application fee

  • A current resume,

  • GRE scores or an alternative GRE portfolio *

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • A college transcript from the college where you got your bachelors’ degree

  • A writing sample which will be sent to you by admissions


All of the above information is either uploaded or filled in on the admissions website.  Nothing needs to be sent here to SMTC except the GRE Alternative portfolio. 

Send the GRE Portfolios to:  University of Wyoming – SMTC, 1000 E University Ave Dept. 3992, Laramie, WY 82071. *


If you have questions or are having any problem please contact SMTC and we will be very happy to help you.  Applications must be completed online by May 1st or by the following Monday if that falls on a weekend.


*The SMTC does provide an alternative option to the GRE. It is called an Alternative Portfolio and the instructions and rubric can be found here

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