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Science and Mathematics Teaching Center|NED

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

The NED concentration is designed for students who are interested in gaining outdoor teaching experience with a focus on place-based education and ecology (Year 1), and who are interested in completing a self-designed balanced program of study and research project (Year 2). This program does not include a teaching certification, but students may complete a third year of coursework if they are interested in a teaching degree (contact the SMTC for more information).

Program Information: 

The Masters of Natural Science -NED program includes 30 hours of coursework over two years with:


Teton Science School, Kelly Campus - First Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Session

Field Science Teaching

*Community Ecology of the Greater Yellowstone (3 credits)

Principles of Place-Based Education

Teaching Practicum

Winter Ecology

*Ecological Inquiry (3 credits)

Advanced Instructional Strategies

Teaching Practicum

*Field Studies: Environmental Education (4 credits)

*Advanced Elements of Field Ecology Course Design (5 credits)

 *Credits that transfer to UW

University of Wyoming, Laramie Campus - Second Year

To finish your degree you will complete the following courses and requirements:

  • An approved research course

For examples:
               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)
  • 9 additional graduate credits of student's choice (4000 level or above)

               *4 of these credits can be Plan B credits

  • A Plan B (non-thesis) project

Additionally, students may complete an additional optional major in Environment and Natural Resources

For more information about the ENR major, please visit the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources website.

How to Apply:

Teton Science School, Kelly Campus - First Year (rolling admissions)

Two applications need to be completed: one through Teton Science Schools' website and one through the University of Wyoming.

Students are encouraged to apply to Teton Science Schools first, before completing their required application to University of Wyoming.

The Teton Science School application can be found here.

After you have completed the Teton Science School Graduate Program's application, please follow these steps to complete University of Wyoming's application:

  1. Go the University of Wyoming website. Find the admissions graduate tab and start a new application.  Once you have access to the admissions website complete personal and security information.
  2. For the Program of Study choose Natural Science MS - College of Education (Natural Science Education) option. 
  3. For the Site Choose OUTREACH
  4. To the complete application include the following:
    • Pay $50 application fee

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

    • All information is either uploaded or filled in on the admissions website

    • Submit application – If accepted to TSS you will be accepted to UW Outreach School.

University of Wyoming, Laramie Campus - Second Year (due by March 15)

  1. Use the same application you started in Year One.
  2. To the complete application include the following:
    • 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 or the SMTC Office at
    • Three letters of recommendation –
      • Two letters from year one 
      • One from a TSS instructor
    • A writing sample - questions will also be sent by admissions
    • Proof of MMR immunization

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

Applications for the second year are due on March 15th by 5:00 p.m.  If this falls on a weekend then the application is due on Monday by 5:00 p.m.  If you have questions or are having any problem please contact SMTC ( or 307 766.6381) or Janet Renneisen in admissions ( or 307 766-3869) and we will be happy to help you. 

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