Degrees & Programs

Science Education

Talented and committed science educators make our nation stronger. In a 2009 survey of average reading, mathematics, and science literacy scores among 15-year-old students, the United States ranked just 17th out of 34 developed countries in science literacy. Those numbers simply aren't good enough for our nation to stay competitive in the global marketplace. Nor is that level of comprehension sufficient for a citizenry who will need to understand the science behind issues from climate change to genetically modified crops to make informed political choices.

Programs Offered:

At the IU School of Education, you can build upon your own passion for science with the knowledge and skills to teach this material effectively to a diverse, multicultural student body. You’ll also hone your data interpretation skills and participate in diverse research projects aimed at improving young learners’ understanding of scientific concepts and best practices for educating the next generation of science teachers.


Our faculty includes experienced science educators who are committed to improving the teaching of science. Our research interests include teaching strategies for traditionally underserved populations, tracking student engagement to refine science curricula, incorporating new technologies into science education, exploring science teacher practice pre-K-16, and student learning of science pre-K-16.


Career options for science education students run the gamut from teaching in middle and high schools to teaching education and science at the university level. If you’re new to teaching, our education careers advisors can help you with your job search. If you’re looking for a higher education position, the sites below offer a good idea of the opportunities available to you:

Chronicle Careers

Our master’s-level graduates typical assume roles such as:

  • Middle or Secondary School Science Teacher
  • Curriculum Supervisor or Developer of Science Programs

Our doctoral graduates have moved into roles as:

  • College or University Faculty Member in Science Education
  • College or University Faculty Member with Joint Appointment in Science and Education
  • Curriculum Developer, Curriculum Evaluator in Public and Private Institutions

For detailed program information, please contact:

Master's Program
Adam Maltese, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Science Education, Adjunct Faculty in Geological Sciences
Phone: (812) 856-8059

Doctoral Program:
Valarie Akerson, Ph.D.
Professor, Science Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Phone: (812) 856-8140