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Science and Mathematics Teaching Center|NED

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Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00 - 5:00 (School Year)
Mon-Fri 7:30 - 4:30 (Summer)
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3992
Wyoming Hall 453
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307.766.6381
Fax: 307.766.3792
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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

Requirements:  Student needs to apply, provide official transcripts with proof of Bachelor’s degree, and pay the application fee online. 

Once the department approves the applicant Admissions will proceed to accept as normal.  A postdated Admissions hold coded as Teton Science will be placed on student which will go into effect July 31st the following year.  This hold WILL NOT be released until SMTC has received the required GRE, Writing Sample and TSS recommendation for year 2 students.  Completed applications are due by April 15th.

Please Follow These Instructions Carefully

  1. Personal Information – Name, contact information, etc.
  2. Application – for “Site” you must select “Outreach”. With out thie you will be prevented from registering for classes.
  3. Academic Information – for “Program of Study” select “Natural Science MS – College of Education (Natural Science Educ)”. Under “Start of Term” select FALL
  4. Sensitive Information
  5. Residency Information – it will ask you what state you are currently a resident of and where you graduated from high school. 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. All of the rest of information asked is required next year only so skip it. 
  9. Finally, there is an Admissions Agreement at the end of the application that you must agree to before hitting “Submit”
  10.  Admissions decisions are made by TSS during the first year. If you are accepted into their program, you will automatically be accepted at UW. 


University of Wyoming, Laramie Campus - Second Year 

Year 2 students DO NOT need to reapply! 

Requirements: Official GRE or Alternative Portfolio, Writing Sample and letter of recommendation from a TSS instructor.  These items can be uploaded to their application.  Students are encouraged to contact Admissions to reset their passwords if they no longer have this information.  The students should provide MMR at this time to prevent an immunization hold.  Applications are due March 15th or the next business day if the 15th lands on a weekend.

Once the SMTC receives the required documents (GRE or alternative portfolio, writing sample & letter of recommendation) the department will email Admissions to release the hold and Admissions will then change the student to Main Campus.  If the student has not provided the MMR immunization records the student health hold will be automatically placed, and the student will not be able to register until they are received. As soon as you start your application you will receive an email from admissions with the writing prompt.  If you are going an alternative portfolio instead of the GRE see the instruction at the bottom of the page

If a year 1 student is not accepted for year 2 at SMTC, they will need to submit a new application to a new program to have the hold released and continue their education at UW. 

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 307 766-6381  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.

SMTC does provide an alternative option to the GRE - the instructions and rubric can be found  here. 

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