Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Please also consult the Degree Plan.

Students develop a degree plan in consultation with their faculty advisor in their first semester. The frequency of individual course offerings varies; therefore, candidates should plan ahead so that the required 30 semester hours are completed within the four year limit. Approved coursework meets the following distribution requirements:

  1. At least 3 semester hours focused on learning and/or development.
  2. At least 3 semester hours focused on foundations of education, curriculum, or educational research.
  3. At least 12 semester hours focused on curriculum and instruction in mathematics or science education.
  4. An additional 9 semester hours of electives. Electives may be selected from any School of Education program area with the agreement of the advisor. Students may also wish to deepen their content knowledge in mathematics or science by taking courses in the Arts & Sciences at the 3000-or-above level if taught by graduate faculty. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level.
  5. 3 semester hour capstone course, EDUC 6964: Inquiry in the Content Areas, is required. Students must have 21 credit hours completed prior to enrollment in the capstone course. Please note, the capstone course is offered only in the spring semesters. Students who plan to graduate in summer or fall must enroll in the spring semester prior to the graduation semester.

Comprehensive Exam

The Master’s comprehensive examination requirement is satisfied by the successful completion of the teacher research project/paper completed in the spring semester Capstone Course, EDUC 6964: Inquiry in the Content Areas. The teacher research project and paper is evaluated by both the course instructor and at least one outside reader who holds a graduate appointment. Students must be registered for a least one credit hour the semester they complete their research paper.

Transfer of Credit

  1. Students who began CU’s Teacher Education Program as Post-Baccalaureate Students may transfer two of the following courses as electives:
    • EDUC 5205-3 Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom
    • EDUC 5215-3 Science Education in the Elementary Classroom
    • EDUC 5317-3 Nature of Mathematics Education
    • EDUC 5375-4 Methods in Secondary Mathematics
    • EDUC 5315-3 Nature of Science and Science Education
    • EDUC 5385-4 Methods in Secondary Science
      [Note: Those transferring from secondary programs will transfer 7 credits; therefore, they will complete a 31-credit master’s degree.]
  2. Students who began CU’s Teacher Education Program as Undergraduate Students may be eligible to transfer two of the courses listed in item one above. Contact the Teacher Education Student Advisor (link to profile) or the Graduate Program Coordinator (link to profile).
  3. Students who completed initial teacher preparation at another institution may transfer credit under the following guidelines. Transfer credits from accredited institutions are accepted by CU Boulder only after approval by the department chair/program director and under the special conditions outlined in the Graduate School Rules. Transfer credit is defined as any credit earned at another accredited institution, credits earned on another campus of the CU system, or credits earned as a non-degree student within the CU system. The maximum amount of work that may be transferred from another accredited institution to CU Boulder is nine semester hours and is accepted only after approval of the program director. All courses accepted for transfer must be graduate level courses. A course in which a grade of B- or lower was received will not be accepted for transfer. Transfer course work must not be more than five years old. Credit may not be transferred until the student has completed 6 credits of graduate level course work as a degree-seeking student on the CU Boulder campus with a 3.0 GPA.
    Transfer of Credit Request Form

Degree Plan

MA EDCI Math/Science Degree Plan