Specialist in Science Education
INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: National
Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Institutional
Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Specialist in
Education - Specialist Enrollment: 30 seats total Application Deadline:
12/1/2006 How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail,
Online Assignment Submission, Threaded Discussion Board Subject:
Education, General METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION
- The program is delivered primarily through
Supplemental delivery formats include internet
This course uses Blackboard
SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
- This program is designed for science teachers who:
Are currently teaching and who are already certified,
Would like to pursue a Master抯 Degree in Science Education but may
be unable to attend regular class sessions,
Are competent in a science content area or who have the ability to
develop such content expertise on one抯 own.
The program will not emphasize content development but rather will
focus on science teaching methods, research, pedagogy, and
philosophy. Although this program is not structured around science
content, this content is embedded within each of the courses.
- Graduates of distance learning programs at Florida State
University receive the same diploma and transcripts as students who
graduate from traditional on-campus programs. Official transcripts
do not differentiate on-line from traditional on-campus courses or
degrees. Graduates are welcome to participate in commencement
ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
- To participate in FSU's online programs, you need access to
certain technologies. To minimize technical problems you may
experience, FSU provides online technical support.
To be successful in your online class, you must have:
Regular access to a computer
An Internet connection (ISP or Internet Service Provider)
An Internet browser
An FSU/ACNS computer account, which includes your login/username,
password, and email account
For detailed recommended system requirements, please visit the Guide
to Technology Requirements for Online Courses on the Online Learning
@ FSU web site.
If you plan to use computer equipment that you do not own for
participation in the program, be certain that you have permission to
use the equipment for course work purposes. You must also be sure
that you have permission to save data to the local hard drive.
ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
- Online students at FSU can find support for every aspect of the
University experience. Your computer and an Internet connection link
you to the most comprehensive electronic campus in higher education.
The FSU library may be reached at el: 850-644-2706. Currently
enrolled students who are located 50 miles or more from Tallahassee
can request materials to be sent to them. Some of your online
courses may require you to purchase a Course Packet, which could
include a study guide, textbooks, and/or media (video, audiotapes,
CD-ROMs). Information about what, if any, course materials are
required for your courses can be found through: Campus bookstores
(FSU Bookstore and Bill抯 Bookstore), Departmental web sites, Course
instructors, Academic Coordinators. Course materials can be ordered
online and will be shipped directly to you. (You pay the cost of the
course materials, plus shipping. The FSU bookstore can be reached at
1-800-255-3781. A mentor or teaching assistant is available online
(and often by phone) to help clarify course materials and refer you
to resources for all other aspects of the university experience.
Visit the website for additional student resources information.
- Distance students enrolled in at least 6 semester hours have
access to many of the same types of financial aid as residential
students. If you need financial aid to help defray the costs of your
education, begin to investigate the aid you may be eligible for as
soon as possible. Office of Financial Aid, Suite 4400A University
Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2430, (850) 644-0539, Fax (850)
644-6404, Email firstname.lastname@example.org FAFSA FSU Federal School, Code:
001489, For more information on Financial Aid opportunities, visit
the web site.
SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
- Applicants must have a master's degree, must receive approval by
the department chair, and must be approved by the program. To be
admitted into the Science Education Master抯 Program the student
needs to complete an application to The Florida State University.
Completion of the GRE with a minimum combined score of 1000 on the
verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE or to have taken the GRE
and have a garde point average of more than 3.0 in graduate work is
required. A GRE score must be posted in the applicant's file.
ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
- Programs of study are designed based on student goals. To
complete a specialist's degree online, students will follow the
non-thesis option. In the non-thesis option, students must take
thirty-two semester hours of course work and pass a Specialists
SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
- When the student has been approved by the program, a temporary
advisor will be assiged.
Although the course materials you will use are designed for
self-directed learning and the professor of the course will also be
interacting with students on a regular basis, you may need or want
additional help as you progress through a course. To support your
progress and help you feel like a member of a learning community,
most of the courses have a graduate student teaching assistant to
provide that additional assistance. You will be able to communicate
with the teaching assistant via threaded discussions, e-mail, phone,
or fax. FSU抯 course management system also provides for extensive
student-to-student communication via chat and group web-sites to
help students develop and participate in a learning community.
SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
- Students entering the program with graduate hours in science or
science education can transfer up to six hours subject to the
supervisory committee抯 approval.
SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES