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Science and Mathematics Teaching Center|NED

Natural Science Education Concentration (NED)

Program Information: 

The SMTC Masters of Science in Natural Sciences - Natural Science Education concentration is limited to students accepted into the Teton Science School Residency Program. The first year of study is at the Teton Science School site and the second year is at the University of Wyoming campus. Fifteen designated credit hours will be completed through the Teton Science School Residency Program. For the remaining 15 credit hours on the UW campus, students will work with a 3-member faculty committee to design a balanced program of study in selected science content, science pedagogy, and related coursework. The MSNS Natural Science Education (NED) concentration is intended for individuals pursuing careers as environmental and natural science educators in non-public school settings.

The MSNS-NED program must include 30 hours of course work with:

  • 15 hours through the Teton Science School (TSS) Professional Residency in Environmental Education program
  • 15 hours from the University of Wyoming, including 6 hours designated by SMTC
  • Completion of a Plan B paper
  • A current teaching certificate is not required for this program. 


Short Course Descriptions  

Plan B Paper Guidelines

Environment & Natural Resources (ENR) Dual Major or Minor Degree Option

Participants in the certification option earn a Secondary Biology Teaching Certification. The Office of Teacher Education oversees this portion of the students program. This option adds an additional year of coursework on campus and requires 8 weeks of student teaching. For additional information and a transcript check contact the Office of Teacher Education at (307)766-2230(307)766-2230 .

Teaching Certification Information

Courses taken on TSS Campus

Fall Semester

Field Science Teaching (2)
*Community Ecology of the Greater Yellowstone (3)
Principles of Place-Based Education (3)
Teaching Practicum (2)

Spring Semester

Winter Ecology (2)
*Ecological Inquiry (3)
Advanced Instructional Strategies (3)
Teaching Practicum (4)

Summer Session

*Environmental Ed Professional Residency (4)
*Advanced Elements of Field Ecology Course Design (3)
* Courses applied to UW MSNS-NED Degree program

UW Campus Courses (year 2)

One Research course from the following:
               EDRE 5550 Action Research (3)
               EDRE 5600 Educational Research One: Survey (3)
               EDRE 5640 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education (3)
               NASC 5650 Place-Based Learning, Cognition and Assessment (3)

How to Apply: Teton Science School, Kelly Campus - First Year

A)      When applying to the program you will apply to both TSS and UW. You can find the instructions on how to apply to TSS here. Please note that when submitting materials to TSS you need two official copies of your College transcripts with proof of bachelor’s degree – One copy for TSS and one for UW.  For instructions on how to apply to UW, please proceed to B.

B)      To apply to UW, go the the University of Wyoming Web site (  If you have a UW username and password use those to sign on if not start a new account by clicking on the new account button. 

Fill the following information only:

  • Application fee of $50 - only paid once
  • All the personal and security information
  • Request Official Transcripts to be sent to UW
  • Three Letters of Recommendation - Upload on site

C)      The application has ten parts – you do not need to fill it out in one sitting and can save the application and come back at any time to finish it or to make changes. You must fill out the queries that have a red bar next to them. The rest of the information is voluntary, but it is helpful if you fill out everything so that we don’t have to contact you later for that information. Completed applications are due by April 15.

Please Follow These Instructions Carefully

  1. Personal Information – Name, contact information, etc.
  2. Application – for “Site” you must select “Outreach”. Even though the application will not require you to select this before you move on to the next part of the application, it is very important for SMTC purposes and will prevent complications later when you try to register for classes.
  3. Academic Information – for “Program of Study” you must select “Natural Science MS – College of Education (Natural Science Educ)”. Under “Start of Term” select whatever term you anticipate beginning classes in. Please note that the only time you can start classes is in the Fall term. Do not put anything under the “Additional Areas of Interest” drop down.
  4. Sensitive Information
  5. Residency Information – it will ask you what state you are currently a resident of and which state you graduated high school in. Even though TSS students receive in-state tuition, do not put that you are a Wyoming resident unless you actually are one. 
  6. Post-Secondary Information – this section asks you where you graduated from college. If you went to a community college for any class, you must include that information here as well. Even if your community college classes were transferred over to the college that you received your bachelor’s degree from, we must have official transcripts sent from that community college. You can also self-report your GPA and GRE scores* on this page. If accepted, then TSS will send one of the copies of your official transcripts to UW.
  7. Inquiry and Payment Information – this section asks how you heard about the program that you are applying to and the reasons for applying. Additionally, there is a one-time $50 application fee that you must pay for your application to be processed.
  8. After you have paid the fee, another screen will pop up where you can upload documents. For your first year at TSS, we do not require you to upload any documents.
  9. The next screen is a place where you put your recommender information. TSS requires three letters of recommendation, but UW does not require any until your second year.  
  10. Finally, there is an Admissions Agreement at the end of the application that you must agree to before hitting “Submit”.

D)      Admissions decisions are made by TSS during the first year. If you are accepted into their program, you will automatically be accepted at UW. 

* GRE scores are not required for your first year at TSS


How to Apply: University of Wyoming, Laramie Campus - Second Year 

To apply for our programs, go the University of Wyoming website at Find the admissions graduate tab and use your UW username and password from the previous year.  Once you have access to the admissions website complete all the information that is required. 

The following need to be included for a complete application:


  • Start application up to application fee then email Janet Renneison ( at admissions to waive your fee
  • a current resume,
  • GRE scores or an alternative GRE portfolio (see information below)
  • One letter of recommendation from a TSS Instructor
  • 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 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 at 307 766-6381307 766-6381  and we will be very happy to help you.  Applications are due March 15th or by the following Monday if that falls on a weekend.

Once all application materials have been received, three different reviewers will go over the application. All applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by April 15th.



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