The Master Science Teacher (MST) program was developed in response to a demand for science educators who can teach investigative methodology and techniques and equip students with the skills necessary to make informed decisions about issues and problems of a scientific nature. The curriculum comprises four three-credit-hour graduate courses. All four MST courses can be completed within a year with students taking one course each fall and spring and two in the summer. Students are admitted to the MST program in cohorts and remain with their colleagues throughout the program; new cohorts begin each fall, spring, and summer.
After successful completion of the four-course sequence, students must take and pass the SMU Qualifying Exam before receiving approval to take the state examination. Teachers with three years teaching experience will be eligible to sit for the TExMaT (Texas Examinations for Master Teachers); those who pass the state exam will earn a Master Science Teacher Certification (4-8).
The four required courses (12 credit hours) are designed to meet Texas Education Agency standards and competencies for the Master Science Teacher certificate. The courses are as follows: