Advance your career with a graduate degree from CSTL at NAU
*The MAT-S certification program will be on hiatus for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Northern Arizona University’s graduate programs within the Center for Science Teaching & Learning are designed for in-service (already practicing) teachers, people seeking teacher certification, and science majors interested in teaching at the community college level. Our programs can help you:
- enhance your science content knowledge and classroom practice
- obtain your initial teacher certification
The MAT-S and MAST degrees are rigorous initial and continuing education programs designed for current and future science educators. The programs are unique in that they focus solely on science education allowing students to be part of a supportive cohort of high-achieving science educators taught by faculty who specialize and conduct research in science education. We strive to provide cutting-edge, high-quality programs that will utilize your professional experiences and build upon your content knowledge to become a highly effective secondary or community college science educator and leader.
Master of Arts in Science Teaching (MAST)
For practicing secondary science teachers or future community college instructors
Our Master of Arts in Science Teaching (MAST) degree is a continuing education graduate program designed to meet your needs as a professional science educator. It also allows students with a bachelor’s degree in science to prepare for a career teaching science at the community college level (on campus students only). The program can be taken on the Flagstaff campus or online through video conferencing. Whether you want to prepare for the Next Generation Science Standards, increase your knowledge of pedagogy or science content in order to improve your teaching practice, or you are interested in becoming a leader in your school or district, the MAST program is for you!
Part-time option Accordion Open
- Current middle or high school science teachers interested in increasing their knowledge of pedagogy or science content in order to improve their teaching practice.
- Middle or high school science teachers preparing for leadership roles such as secondary curriculum, instruction or professional development specialists, department heads, etc.
Full-time option Accordion Closed
- Middle or high school science teachers pursuing advanced knowledge in the profession and in their content area through focused study in a university setting.
- International science educators interested in extending their knowledge and skills through engaging in the American school system.
- Secondary science teachers interested in science education research and preparing for a doctoral degree in the future.
- Students with a bachelor’s degree in science interested in preparing for a career teaching science at the community college level.
Masters of Arts in Teaching Science (MAT-S)
For certification seekers
Our Masters of Arts in Teaching Science (MAT-S) degree is designed for students with strong undergraduate preparation in the sciences seeking certification to teach biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or general sciences at the secondary (middle and high school) level. MAT-S is a challenging Master’s program that prepares science teachers for teaching in grades 6-12 and emphasizes the development of a teacher’s ability to develop research-based teaching strategies that make science accessible to learners. The program leads to an Arizona secondary teaching certificate which can be transferred to other states and an endorsement in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science or general science. The program includes intensive coursework and three student teaching practicums in local middle and high schools. Specific attention is directed at the interaction of schools, learners, pedagogy, subject matter and curriculum. Our MAT-S program is designed to provide a supportive cohort of high-achieving science peers taught by faculty who specialize and conduct research in science education. We strive to provide a cutting-edge, high-quality program that will utilize and build upon your science knowledge and experiences to become an innovative middle or high school teacher.
* If you are an in-service teacher looking for a graduate program to improve your practice, please see our Master of Arts in Science Teaching (MAST) program.
For additional information, please see our Graduate Programs frequently asked questions page.
Please contact the lead faculty advisor, Ron Gray.