1. East Carolina University
East Carolina University takes the top spot on our list of the top online Master’s in Science Education programs due to its low tuition and well-respected program. This unique program is targeted toward education professionals who want to teach in community or junior college. Students can specialize in Biological Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science.
- Tuition per year: $7,238 in-state; $23,515 non-resident
- Graduation rate: 60%
2. Columbus State University
Columbus State University is hardly the best-known university in Georgia, but it does have the highest-rated science education program. Its Master’s in Teaching offers specializations in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Earth and Space Science. Students are prepared for Georgia teacher certification.
- Tuition per year: $6,241 in-state; $17,295 non-resident
- Graduation rate: 29%
3. North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University is one of the leading public universities in the South, so there’s little surprise that it ranks highly on our list. Its Master of Education in Science Education is available to both higher education teachers and middle and high school teachers. NC State offers scholarships specifically for students in science education programs.
- Tuition per year: $9,101 in-state; $29,220 non-resident
- Graduation rate: 77%
4. Northeastern State University
Northeastern State University is one of the more overlooked public universities in Oklahoma, but it offers the highest-ranked science education program. The online Master’s in Science Education is offered at a very affordable tuition rate and includes a pathway with a 12-hour STEM Education Certificate. The program prepares K-12 teachers to become highly qualified teachers of science.
- Tuition per year: $6,500; $13,500 for the online degree
- Graduation rate: 26%
5. University of Nebraska – Kearney
The University of Nebraska – Kearney is well-known for its top-notch education programs, including its graduate science education programs. Its Master’s in Science Education requires 36 credits of coursework. Concentrations are available in Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Science and Physics.
- Tuition per year: $9,522 in-state; $25,828 non-resident
- Graduation rate: 67%
6. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) is one of the state’s leaders in training science and math educators. It has a leading Master of Science for Teachers (MST) program that includes a STEM-based curriculum and offers the majority of courses asynchronously through distance education. Concentrations are available in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science. NMT offers scholarships to cover the majority of tuition and fees for the MST program students.
- Tuition per year: $8,361 in-state
- Graduation rate: 47%
7. Colorado State University – Global
Colorado State University – Global focuses on offering online programs, such as its Master of Natural Sciences Education. Students get dual training in educational methods and science. They even get lab kits in the mail so they can create their own mini-labs at home.
- Tuition per year: $8,400
- Graduation rate: 31%
8. University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati has many leading education programs, including a top-notch science education program. Its program is unique in that it is a Master’s with a specialization in STEM Education. Students are prepared to teach a wide variety of STEM courses from many disciplines.
- Tuition per year: $11,660 in-state; $26,994 non-resident
- Graduation rate: 66%
9. University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington has one of the leading STEM programs of any university in the UT system. It also offers a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Science Education. Graduates will be prepared to teach K-12 science.
- Tuition per year: $11,040 in-state; $28,129 non-resident
- Graduation rate: 57%
If you’re looking for the best online Master’s in Science Education, you can find a list of programs on our website.
10. Oregon State University
Oregon State University has the top science education program in the Pacific Northwest. It offers an online Master of Education with a major in Advanced Science and Math Education. This program focuses on educating students in using the latest educational technology.
- Tuition per year: $11,715 in-state; $31,215 non-resident
- Graduation rate: 63%
11. University of Massachusetts – Amherst
The University of Massachusetts – Amherst is one of the top public universities in the region, and it offers a world-class online graduate science education program. Its Master’s in Science Education focuses on elementary and science education. Students benefit from a well-rounded curriculum that gives them a grounding in multiple scientific disciplines.
- Tuition per year: $16,389 in-state; $35,710 non-resident
- Graduation rate: 76%
12. Pennsylvania State University – World Campus
In collaboration with the Dutton e-Education Institute and the World Campus, Penn State’s Department of Geosciences offers an instructor-led online Master of Education in Earth Sciences program for secondary science teachers. The Master of Education in Earth Sciences degree program includes 21 required credits (7 courses) and a minimum of 9 elective credits to comprise the 30-credit degree program. The courses that make up the M.Ed. in Earth Sciences program are offered during the 15-week Spring and Fall semesters, as well as the 12-week Summer semester.
- Tuition: $950 per credit
- Graduation rate: 73%
13. Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University is a private institution that is known for its STEM programs. Its Master’s in Education offers a specialization in Science Education. This program is targeted toward future middle school and high school teachers.
- Tuition per year: $32,110
- Graduation rate: 62%
14. Hamline University
Hamline University is a well-respected institution, though its expensive tuition causes it to fall in our rankings. It offers a unique Master’s in Education with a specialization in Natural Sciences and Environmental Education. Online students have access to the same resources and services as traditional students.
Our Ranking Methodology
The rankings in this list are determined by ratings from our formula. Our formula uses each school’s graduation rate and yearly tuition rate to come up with these ratings. The public institutions that have different tuition rates for resident and non-resident students were evaluated using only their resident tuition rate. Our formula adds the tuition rate to a multiplier that is equivalent to the percentage of students who enrolled but did not graduate. This produces the rating which we used to rank the schools. Here’s an example of how it works: ABC College has a yearly tuition rate of $10,000 and a graduation rate of 40%. Its rating would be 16,000 (10,000 x 160%). Lower ratings are desirable with our formula.
Students who want to find the right online Master’s in Science Education can look through the programs on our site.
For more programs check out our Bachelor’s of Science Education programs.
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