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MA, Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Secondary Science Education


At CU Denver, we recognize the urgent need for outstanding science teachers at the secondary level.  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 and inspire you. 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. ​

We welcome applications from science teachers as well as elementary or middle school teachers with strong science backgrounds. Applications are accepted year round for this program and applications will be processed and reviewed monthly for the start term of your choice. Posted deadline dates are only priority deadlines and can be helpful in terms of meeting University Financial Aid and Registration deadline/dates.

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 UC Denver's Graduate Teacher Education program

Course requirements if you obtained your teacher's license in any other way


Students for Equity and Justice in Education (SEJE)

Members of this student organization at the 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 club mission.

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

Graduates of this program go on to become:
Science teachers
Environmental science teachers
Science educators at community and cultural organizations

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