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Science and Mathematics Teaching Center

453 Wyoming Hall, 766-6381
FAX: (307) 766-3792
Web site: http://smtc.uwyo.edu/
Program Coordinator: Sylvia Parker

The Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC) is is an interdisciplinary degree program committed to excellence in science, mathematics and technology education. Governed by Academic Affairs Graduate Program, the SMTC, in cooperation with the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and the Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB), serves as a science and mathematics education resource and professional development center for the state. The affiliate faculty for the SMTC is comprised of faculty members from the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Science, Education, and Engineering and Applied Science.

The SMTC provides extensive off-campus professional development that serves Wyoming communities, administrators, teachers, students, and school districts. SMTC in-service and extension courses, workshops, institutes, and conferences are provided with the principal purpose of improving science and mathematics teaching in Wyoming.

The SMTC administers and/or supports seven graduate degree programs - five master’s programs and two PhD programs:

  • The Masters of Science of Natural Science in Middle Level Math (MMA) and the Masters of Science of Natural Science in Middle Level Science (MSC). These degrees are designed for Wyoming’s in-service elementary, middle, and high school teachers. The focus on general science and mathematics and other science and mathematics related areas and the middle school level and lead to middle level certification provided by the Wyoming PTSB. Teachers must have two years of teaching experience to participate in these programs.
  • Masters of Science in Teaching – Natural Science (MST – Natural Science). This is a self – directed master’s degree working with the SMTC, SER, and The Haub School. The degree is developed individually to conform to the interest of the graduate student with an emphasis on formal or informal learning settings.
    Masters of Science – Natural Science (MS – Natural Science. This is a self – directed master’s degree working with the SMTC, SER, and The Haub School. The degree is developed individually to conform with the interest of the graduate student.
  • Masters of Science in Natural Science Education (NED) is a Master’s degree designed for students pursuing careers as environmental and natural science educators in non-public school settings. These students spend one year at the Teton Science School in Jackson. In a long-standing MOU between the SMTC and TSS, students transfer in pre-established 15 graduate credit hours from TSS. They spend their second year at UW within the SMTC.
  • Ph.D. in Science Education or Mathematics Educations. These degrees are supported by the SMTC faculty and are designed for teachers in elementary, middle, and high school in general science and mathematics.

Admission Requirements

For the MSC, MMA, MST and MS-Natural Science Master Degrees:

  • Two years of teaching experience and a valid teaching license
  • Application Fee, unless a UW Graduate
  • Official Transcripts from all Institutions attended and Bachelor Degree conferring institution
  • Must take the GRE or provide an Alternative Portfolio that includes a letter of Introduction, SMTC Writing Sample, and Resume, score of an average of a 3 or higher.
  • Writing Sample with three provided questions (if not already answered in the Alternative Portfolio)
  • Resume (if not already answered in the Alternative Portfolio)
  • Three Letters of Recommendations, which include a letter from the teacher’s principal and two other colleagues.
  • GRE Scores or Alternative Portfolio or writing sample are not necessary if a prior Masters’ degree has been awarded.

The NED Degree – First Year Application:

  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended and Bachelor Degree conferring institution
  • $50 application fee unless a previous UW graduate.

The NED Degree – Second Year Application:

  • GRE score or an Alternative Portfolio that includes a letter of Introduction, SMTC Writing Sample, and Resume, score of an average of a 3 or higher.
  • Writing Sample with three provided questions (if not already answered in the Alternative Portfolio)
  • Resume (if not already answered in the Alternative Portfolio)
  • Three Letters of Recommendations, that includes a letter from a TSS Field Instructor, one from TSS Classroom instructor and one from their first year application.

All the above information needs to be uploaded onto a UW graduation application, which will be reviewed by the SMTC and then accepted, by the University of Wyoming admissions and the SMTC. Any of the above requirements plus the university’s minimum 3.000 grade point average can be waived if the proper documentation and reasoning is given and approved by the Associate Vice President of the Graduate Program.

Degree Requirements

For the MSC, MMA, MST and MS- Natural Science Master Degrees

Plan B (non-thesis)

  • 30 Credit Hours of coursework is required. This includes 24 credit hours in required coursework that includes mathematical content course, mathematical history, earth science, biological science, physical science or environmental science, depending on the program. 6 credit hours of additional coursework that can include a research class and an elective.
  • The MSC is a 3-year program, for the required coursework, in the summers only on UW’s main campus.
  • The MMA is a 2-year program with classes offered by videoconferencing in the fall and spring and on the main campus in the summer, for the required courses.
  • The MST and the MS- Natural Science Master Degrees are Main campus degrees.
  • A Plan A (thesis) can be completed to with an extra year of research.

For the NED Master Degree – 2nd year

Plan B (non-thesis)

  • This is a one-year program on the main campus.
  • 30 credit hours of coursework is required, of which 15 credit hours, of agreed upon courses, are transferable from TSS. The other 15 credit hours include a research class, environmental science and science pedagogy classes as chosen by the graduate student and their advisor.
  • A concurrent major in Environmental and Natural Resources is an option with this Master’s
  • A Plan A (thesis) can be completed to with an extra year of research. 

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

The SMTC has scholarships and graduate assistantships available for all graduates accepted for the above Master’s degree programs. More information upon admission and acceptance.

Natural Science (NASC) Courses

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