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

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

For current educators who are interested in becoming highly qualified to teach middle level science.

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) 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 PTSB.  More information on the completion of the certificate option and not the master's degree can be found here.

Program Coursework

Summer 2016 (Classes start June 6th thru July 1st 2016)

NASC 5120 Earth Science in a Global Context (3)
ASTR 4000 Astronomy for Teachers (2)
NASC 5300 Classroom Assessment in Middle-level Science (2)
NASC 5400 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 5660 Standards, Pedagogy & Research (2)
BOT   4790 Field Techniques (1)

Summer 2018 

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)

Before you apply, ask yourself the following question: 

Am I certified teacher, who has taught for at least two years and is currently teaching?

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

Application Deadline:

  • April 1 at 12:00 a.m.

If this date lands on a weekend, then the deadline will be the following Monday at 12:00 a.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 to the University of Wyoming admissions website. 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 required information.

  2. For the Program of Study choose Natural Science MS - College of Education (Middle Level Science) option

  3. To complete the application follow the directions on the application page. You will need:

    • A $50 application fee

    • A current resume

    • GRE scores or an alternative GRE portfolio

      • Send alternative GRE portfolio to:  University of Wyoming – SMTC, 1000 E University Ave Dept. 3992, Laramie, WY 82071
    • Three letters of recommendation

    • Transcripts from all colleges attended, must include a Bachelor’s Degree

    • A writing sample - sent by admissions

    • Proof of MMR immunization

*All information is either uploaded or filled in on the admissions website EXCEPT the alternative portfolio.


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