2021-2023 Earth Science Cohort is underway!
MSSST is a cohort-based M.S. program for current secondary science teachers. Through rigorous coursework, professional development, and a capstone summer research experience, participating teachers engage in science and engineering practices and build in-depth content knowledge, pedagogical techniques, and leadership skills.
The University of Utah MSSST 2021-2023 Earth Science program of study aligns with Utah SEEd standards for grades 6-8, secondary Earth science, and AP/Environmental science and fullfills endorsement criteria for middle school, Earth Science, and Physical Science.
- Approximately 34 credits, 2.5 years (June 2021- Dec 2023), remote (online) instruction
- 2-3 intensive courses (some with field work) in Summers 2021 and 2022
- 1 evening course per term during academic year.
- Ongoing transltion-to-practice professional development seminars
- 8-10 week, 320 hr summer research experience Summer 2023
- Project presentation and paper Fall 2023
Benefits to teachers in the Earth Science cohort include:
- MS degree in Earth Science with an emphasis in teaching
- Coursework in chemistry, geology, geophysics, ecology, astronomy, statistics and atmospheric sciences
- Evening/Summer class schedules designed specifically for teachers
- Lab, field, and online research opportunities
- Reduced and/or highly subsidized tuition rates (estimated to be about $3,500, depending on funding. Final costs will be determined prior to program start)
- Coursework aligns with endorsement criteria for Earth Science, Physical Science, and Environmental Science for teachers with USBE approved pre-requisites
- Have a STEM BS degree
- Be currently licensed and teaching in a 6-12 STEM classroom in Utah
- Have three years K-12 teaching experience
- Have completed undergraduate courses in chemistry and physics