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Natural Science Education

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


  • What: A two year program – Year One at the Teton Science Schools 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. This concentration is limited to students accepted into the Teton Science Schools Graduate Program.
  • Wh y ? The end result is a Master’s degree in Natural Education from a self-designed balanced program of study and research.

C courses:

Year one coursework begins in the fall at the Teton Science School and Year Two starts the following fall on the University of Wyoming campus.  

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 Course such as: (Graduate Level - 4000 level or above.)
    • 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.
    • Plan B (non-thesis) project
  • Recommended Course:
    • FCSC 5101 - Program Evaluation (3) 
    • NASC 5961 - Plan B Research (1 to 4)
    • NASC 5670 - Plan B Project - Research & Writing (4 - Fall only)
  • Required ENR Courses:
    • ENR 5000 - Approaches to Environment (3)
    • ENR 5900 - ENV Assessment Domestic (3)

*Credits transfer to UW NED Graduate Program


Application Steps:

Year One:

  • Contact Hannah McLimans at the Teton Science School (TSS) for admission information.  The Teton Science School application information can be followed at:
  • Once you are accepted to TSS then you can start an application with UW at
  • 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
    • fill in all schools you attended for your bachelor’s degree and all subsequent college course takes . 
      • Make sure your ALL official transcripts are sent to UW.
    • Send Shot Records (MMR) to UW Student Health with your W# which will be assigned as soon as you submit your application.
  • For the Program of Study choose Natural Science MS – College of Education (Natural Science Educ.) Start Year One at TSS
  • Write down the email, user name and password and W number from this application.  You will need this information for your Year Two application.

Year Two:

  • Go to
  • 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.
  • 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 a concurrent major/minor if a concurrent major is desired.
  • 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.

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 307.766.6381) or Phil Temte in Admissions  ( or 307-766-3868).

Application Deadlines:

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

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