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Michigan Technological University — Department of Cognitive and Learning Science

Program Type:
Master's International
Department of Cognitive and Learning Science
Degrees Awarded:
Applied Science Education (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

Applications will be reviewed in the spring and successful applicants will be notified by May 15th. Students should plan on enrolling at the start of the fall term (late August).

Admissions Cycle:

Once per year

Program Start:
Program Founded:
January, 2006


There is a nationwide need for experienced and qualified science teachers. Education experts and government leaders have expressed great concerns over the shortage of science teachers and the related shortage of high school students who go on to major in science and engineering fields in college. Returning volunteers will be especially qualified for secondary school teaching positions because of their practical experience, the ability to demonstrate the relevance of science to the lives of students in international settings, and their ability to integrate science with other disciplines.

Michigan Tech has a high success rate in placing its current students, both because of the intensity of their undergraduate and graduate training, and because of the demand for science teachers.

Students in this degree program may apply for a Noyce Scholarship (up to $18,000) if they intend to teach after completing the program.


A Master's degree in science education from Michigan Tech requires 30 semester credits from a combination of coursework and research/practical experience. In the Master's International program credit requirements will typically be satisfied with 24 credits of coursework on campus, followed by 5 credits earned during Peace Corps service, and 1 credit for report completion and oral defense.

Courses are focused on providing the basics of education theory, practice and application to students who arrive with a solid grounding in science. Additional electives may be chosen from any department at Michigan Tech.

One credit hour will be awarded for each academic term served in PC, inc. Summer. Credits will be awarded for service by enrolling in ED5994 "International Science Education Practicum" or ED5921 "International Teaching Internship.? Volunteers will submit a report to their advisor for each semester in the field. Michigan Tech pays tuition of students completing Peace Corps service.


Admitted students should have an undergraduate degree with a strong academic record in any field of science or engineering. Admission is based on the candidate's undergraduate record, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose. Previous teaching experience or certification is not required, however, experience in working with secondary school students as tutor, community volunteer, or other capacity is desirable. Students are expected to be full-time students for the duration of their enrollment in the program.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Prof. Brad Baltensperger

Dept. of Cognitive and Learning Science
Michigan Technological University 1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-2460
(906) 487-2460
(906) 487-2468

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