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Master of Science in Education (M.S.E)

College: College of Science and Mathematics

Department: Biological Sciences


The M.S.E. in Biology is a graduate program for people with a valid teaching license who wish to pursue an advanced degree with enhanced biology content. All candidates for the M.S.E. must take and successfully pass the Life Science Content, Earth Science Content, and Life Science Pedagogy Components of PRAXIS II exam.

  • Admission Information

    Admission Requirements

    Students seeking admission into the Master of Science in Education degree program in Biology must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the specific program requirements. In addition, applicants for the M.S.E. program in Biology will be evaluated by the department for academic qualification based upon their undergraduate academic record, score on the Graduate Record Examination, and letters of reference. Specific requirements include:

    • A minimum of 18 undergraduate hours in the biological sciences and an undergraduate grade point of 2.75 or greater (on a 4.0 scale). Students judged to be deficient in some areas of undergraduate preparation may be assigned certain undergraduate prerequisite courses.
    • An official GRE test score with a recommended combined verbal and quantitative score of 290
    • Three letters of reference
    • A statement of educational objectives and career goals.
    • A valid teaching certificate based on a four-year teacher education program.

    Applicants not meeting all of the above departmental criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis.

    Admission Process

    The Admission Process begins with an Online Graduate Application.  Applicants then follow up by submitting official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, a copy of their MMR immunization, and the documents mentioned below.  These need to be sent to:

    Arkansas State University
    Graduate School Admissions
    P O Box 1570
    State University, AR 72467

    If you have any questions regarding the graduate application process, email gradadmissions@astate.edu.

    Courses required of all candidates

    Core of Professional Education Courses

    Nine hours of Professional Education for Secondary Teaching Fields

    ELFN 6773, Introduction to Statistics and Research (3 hours)

    ELFN 6763, Philosophies of Education, OR

    PSY 6513, Advanced Educational Psychology (3 hours)

    ELFN 6763, Philosophies of Education, OR

    PSY 6513, Advanced Educational Psychology

    OR ELCI 5523, Middle School Curriculum,

    OR ELCI 6523, Secondary School Curriculum,

    OR ELCI 6063, Curriculum Management

    Courses in the Major Field

    A minimum of one course each at the 6000 level from any three of the prefixes of BIOL, BOT, ENT, ENVR, and ZOOL, exclusive of Independent Study, Seminar, and Thesis.

    Electives as needed to complete 21 hours.