Master of Science in Science Content and Process

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Science Content and Process program provides K-9 teachers and other science educators integrated content knowledge in general science by utilizing the resources of the local scientific community. Participants will use the pedagogy of inquiry-based learning and knowledge of technology to create an effective teaching/learning environment for science education. This program is intended for those teachers who want to increase their science knowledge and confidence in science teaching.

Designed for the working professional, the degree program is taught in a learning team model and meets evenings and some Saturdays during the academic year. Day courses take place during the summer. Teachers can manage full-time employment while completing the degree in two years. Each new learning team begins in June.

There is one learning team of 24 students each year. A learning team can also be created for a district should you choose to work with your co-workers.  Applicants must hold a valid Professional Educator License or work as a science educator.


See our partnerships and interactive learning experience...
"Teachers can use the unique, high-quality courses in this program to improve their science knowledge. Discovering that science is fun is contagious - their enthusiasm for science will spill into their classrooms."

- John Mickus, Professor Emeritus
Founder of the MSSCP Program
Program Objectives
  • Integrated general science content using themes of regional biodiversity and systems interactions.
  • Provide content and pedagogy based on the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) and "Common Core Framework for K-12 Science Education."
  • Model the use of the eight science and engineering practices promoted in the NGSS.
  • Develop inquiry-based teaching practices that promote learning of scientific content.
  • Build self-confidence in science knowledge and teaching.
  • Understand and use technology in investigations and analysis.
  • Increase the use of the educational facilities of the partnership organizations.

Contact Us:
Allison Wilson, Ph.D.
Program Director
Professor, Biological Sciences
630-829-6520 |
Birck 327

Program Assistant
Birck 348

For Admissions inquiries:
Alyssa Szynal
Graduate Admissions Counselor
630-829-6399 |








MSSCP program brochure

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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dean's Office Location:
Birck Hall Room 119