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Teaching: Concentration Grades 6-8 Science Licensure

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Why Study 6-8 Science Licensure

Unique professional relationships among College of Education faculty and College of STEM faculty provide students with a wealth of resources and opportunities in both the science disciplines and pedagogical practice. The “Short Collaborative for Research on Science & Socioscientific Education” offers networking opportunities among students across different layers of research interests at APSU as well as other academic institutions. The available range of experiences for both science education practice and research helps students deepen their understanding of the historical trajectory and current challenges in the field. The potential for richer contributions emerges as the connections among scholarly work strengthens.

The M.A.T. Middle School 6-8 Science Licensure degree is well-suited for those who have an undergraduate degree in one of the science disciplines or an adequate, broad range of suitable science coursework. Applicants should be highly-motivated for a rewarding career in education, and open to implementing novel instructional strategies in classroom and/or non-formal educational settings. A career in teaching science for full student engagement can be demanding, but it also affords a sense of purpose that may be rarely experienced in other professions.

This Concentration in Middle School 6-8 Science Licensure is an advanced degree appropriate for those seeking teaching licensure who have completed the prerequisite science courses in their undergraduate degree program. This program will equip teachers to become proficient leaders in science education and is aligned with state standards for science and the national frameworks for science education. Shortages of qualified science teachers in Tennessee and across the nation have been recognized for decades. The demand for effective teachers of science across all grade levels is expected to increase in the future. Becoming a leader in science education research and practice will position graduates for important roles in cultivating proper skills and scientific mindsets. Outside of the traditional, educational setting, graduates may find meaningful, professional education opportunities in non-formal institutions.

Benefits of obtaining a M.A.T. in Middle School 6-8 Science Licensure:

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Teaching: Grades 6-8 Science Licensure, MAT


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.