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MA, Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Elementary Science Education


The MA in Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Science Education will change to STEM Education - Science effective fall 2019 for all enrolled students. The new name is more descriptive of the expertise program completers acquire and provides employers with a clearer description of graduates’ learning. This change better serves the interests of our current and future students and ensures their success post-graduation.


At CU Denver, we recognize the urgent need for outstanding elementary teachers who understand and appreciate science. And, we're all about preparing the finest! If you're a licensed practicing teacher with a passion for scientific discovery or simply want to learn more and have a positive impact on the science community, our interactive and inclusive science education classes will prepare you for a purposeful career. Students in the science education program are in it for the adventure of making science meaningful! The experiential, inquiry-based nature of the program attracts individuals who want to take an active role in their personal and professional growth. They are or soon will be leaders in their communities, schools, districts and the science education profession as a whole.

We've designed the program to be meaningful and applicable. For example, projects required for the degree can often be completed in the school and/or workplace.

Our faculty is top-notch with experience and expertise across a wide range of areas. They partner regularly on education projects/grants with the National Science Foundation and The National Park Service. They also provide international perspectives on teaching and learning, and opportunities for interdisciplinary research. They will put you in touch with the latest theories, experiential science learning activities, and innovative teaching strategies.

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We welcome applications from elementary teachers who have a strong interest in bringing hands-on science learning to their students. We also accept applications from middle and high school teachers who would like to add an elementary endorsement with a strong science focus.

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Classes are scheduled to fit around your professional hours.

We recommend that working teachers take no more than one course per semester during the school year, and up to two courses in the summer. In general, you should not take more than two courses in any given semester.

Your MA course requirements depend upon your background.

Course requirements if you obtained a teaching license through CU Denver's Urban Community Teacher Education program
Course requirements if you obtained your teacher's license in any other way.

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Students for Equity & Justice in Education (SEJE)

Members of this student organization at University of Colorado Denver explore the role of equity and social justice within urban schools. They also participate in community events that relate to the group's mission. 

For more information on the organization's meeting schedule and events, please email or​


Graduates of this program go on to become:
Elementary teachers in public and private schools
Science educators at community and cultural organizations

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