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Natural Science Education|Science and Mathematics Teaching Center

Master's of Natural Science - Natural Science Education Concentration (NED)

  • What: A two year program – Year one at the Teton Science School and Year two at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
  • For Who? A Program designed for students who are interested in gaining outdoor teaching experience with a focus on place-based education and ecology.
  • Why? The end result is a Master’s degree in Natural Education from a self-designed balanced program of study and research.


Year one coursework begins in the fall at the Teton Science School with 15 credit hours. Year two coursework begins the following fall at the University of Wyoming with an additional 15 credit hours.


Core Courses:

Year one at Teton Science School

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 two at UW

Research Courses:

EDRE 5550 Action Research (3 credits)

EDRE 5600 Educational Research One: Survey (3 credits)

EDRE 5640 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education (3 credits)

Other Required Courses:

NASC 5650 Place-Based Learning, Cognition   and Assessment (3)

9 additional graduate credits at the 4000 level or above.**

A Plan B (non-thesis) project

*Credits transfer to UW

**4 credits can be Plan B project credits

Application Steps:

        Year One:

  1. Contact Tracy Logan at the Teton Science School (TSS) for admission information.  The Teton Science School application information can be followed at:
  2. Once you are accepted to TSS then you can start an application with UW at
  3. Register as a new user. Once you have access go to the graduate application, complete the required personal and security information, pay the $50 application fee and fill in all schools you attended especially for your bachelor’s degree.  Make sure your official transcripts are sent to UW.
  4. For the Program of Study choose Natural Science MS – College of Education (Natural Science Educ.) Start Year One at TSS
  5. Write down the email, user name and password you used for this application.  You need this information for your Year two application.

Year Two:

1.   Go to

2.   Enter your UW username and password. Once you have access to the Admissions website, click on the review button and resume your application from the previous year.

3.   For the Program of Study choose Natural Science MS – College of Education (Natural Science Educ.) Start Year Two at UW.  Check Environment Natural Resources for concurrent major/minor is so desired.

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

You will need:

  • A current resume
  • GRE scores or a GRE Alternative Portfolio (information sent by Admissions by email)
  • Three letters of recommendation – two previous letters and one from a TSS instructor.  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.
  • Proof of MMR Immunization

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

 If you have questions or are having any problem regarding the application process, please contact the SMTC or Janet Renneisen in Admissions ( or 307-766-5160).

 Application Deadlines:

Applications are due March 15th by 11:59 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. the following Monday if March 15th falls on a weekend. 

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