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Science Education


Programme Overview


The Master’s programme offered by the School of Education is structured as follows: the Master of Education is delivered through face-to-face and on-line classes.  The face-to-face classes are offered in the afternoons between the hours of 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Mondays through Thursdays.
The M.Ed. in Science Education is specially designed for science teachers employed at the secondary and tertiary levels that are keen on advancing their careers and wish to deepen their knowledge of science teaching and learning.  The programme exposes students to current thinking in the teaching and learning of science and places value on the professional needs and experiences of participants in the selection, conduct and delivery of course materials.  It requires the conduct of research into issues related to the teaching and learning of science and encourages the incorporation of research-based pedagogy in order to ultimately improve practice.  A total of nine taught courses from the areas of science education, research methods and general education as well as a discipline-based research project comprise the programme requirements. 

Admission Requirements
Individuals who have a Bachelor’s degree in science or science education and are trained teachers are eligible to apply.
Candidates for admission must qualify under the general university regulations for a master’s degree:
M.Ed.Degree - Entry Requirements (For the Particular Programme):
1. (A) A first degree at or above the Lower Second Honours Levels; or a grade point
average equivalent to a B or above, unless the Campus Committee in any particular
case decides otherwise.
   (B) A professional qualification in teaching such as a postgraduate diploma or certificate,
or an approved  equivalent.  Full documentation of the applicant’s academic record
and referees’ reports must be submitted to Graduate Studies and Research, Mona.
2.     Applicants with a U.W.I. B. Ed. degree gained before the honours classifications were introduced (between1970-1985) must have a minimum of B grade average.  Applicants who graduated before 1970 must have a minimum of B in their research study.
3.     Applicants with a Pass Degree will be considered only in exceptional cases where the candidate’s professional experience and performance suggest further intellectual development.  Such special applications are subject to the approval of the Board for Graduate Studies.

Programme Structure



Course Code

Course Name

No. of Credits

ED64A /EDSC6401  

Trends in Curriculum Development in Science



ED64B /EDSC6402 


Learning and Teaching in Science



ED 64 C/EDSC6403 

Measurement and Assessment in Science Education





Environmental Education




Issues, Readings and Research  in Science Education




Teaching Methodologies in Chemistry for the Post-Secondary Level




Careers after Graduation

Students who have successfully completed the Master of Education in Science Education programme are qualified for:

  • Teaching and lecturing at all levels of the education system
  • Leadership, administration and management at all levels of the education system
  • Education researcher
  • Education officer/supervisor
  • Education planner
  • Curriculum development
  • Curriculum evaluation
  • Measurement, testing and assessment in education
  • Evaluation and analysis of educational programme  and projects
  • Instructional design
  • Distance and online learning design
  • Policy development and analysis
  • Technology integration in formal and informal learning settings
  • Training officer
  • Education outreach coordinator
  • Educational psychologist
  • Workforce occupational analysis
  • Teacher Educator

Department Contact Information
Programme Coordinator: Dr. Marcia Rainford
The School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Education
UWI, Mona, Kingston 7
Telephone: (876) -935-8471, 935-8500-2




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