MAT: Science Overview
The Master of Arts in Teaching: Science degree is designed for experienced secondary school science teachers or individuals who have completed a program of teacher preparation in one of the science disciplines. The program offers candidates the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of science, the relationships among the science disciplines, and the teaching and learning of science, which will enable them to enrich the classes they teach now or will teach in the future.
The program is designed to extend and complement undergraduate training in science for teachers. The primary objectives of the program within this framework are that all students will:
- Gain a firm foundation in research skills and complete one unique research project in a science content area leading to a thesis;
- Upgrade any content-deficiency in their undergraduate training as that training relates to their present teaching assignments;
- Enrich the knowledge base in the undergraduate major field of science.
The graduate science courses developed for this program are designed specifically for in-service secondary science teachers. The program is not intended as a step toward a Ph.D. in a science discipline. Rather, it extends and substantially enriches undergraduate science teacher preparation, enables teachers to meet licensure or accreditation standards for highly qualified status, and leads to a fundamentally new level of competence in science.
Basic Admission Standards
- Completion of all admission requirements for graduate study at Minot State University.
- Must have an undergraduate degree in one the Science disciplines.
- Hold teacher certification in science.
- Must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4 point scale) or higher. Students with a GPA below 3.00 may be accepted if it is the opinion of the science graduate faculty that the lower GPA does not reflect the student’s true ability.
Academic Honesty Appeal Policy
The following forms of academic dishonesty will automatically result in failure in all involved courses and suspension from the program.
- Cheating of any kind on examinations within course work;
- Resubmission or simultaneous submission of a previously or contemporaneously submitted paper or assignment without substantial revision and the full knowledge of all involved parties;
- Plagiarism in any form or degree;
- Falsification of data in any form or degree.
- The policy for appeal of a grade is given in this catalog.
Graduate Advisory Committee
Each MAT: Science degree candidate will form a Graduate Advisory Committee by the second summer of course work. This committee will then work with the candidate to formulate the student’s program of study. This plan must be filed with the Graduate School before the student completes eight (8) semester hours of course work.
A thesis will be required of all candidates. The student is required to make a public presentation of findings, conclusions, and meanings of those findings and conclusions. The Thesis Defense is a separate process (that can be scheduled in conjunction with the public presentation) at which the student defends the findings and conclusions before his/her Graduate Advisory Committee.