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The Masters of Arts in Physical Sciences is designed to assist Middle and High School Teachers to increase fluency in the content, pedagogy, and history of physical science.  The program provides a pathway for advancing a Massachusetts Initial License to a Professional License for middle and high school teachers in Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science or Geology, and Physical Science by providing educational resources and experiences satisfying state requirements. 

The Masters of Arts in Physical Sciences provides a dynamic and inspiring learning environment with opportunities to work side-by-side with peers and experienced teachers in a collegial and supportive atmosphere. The program is designed to blend content knowledge in physical science, STEM-specific pedagogical content knowledge about how students learn, and core educational theory and applications.

The Master of Arts in Physical Sciences is designed with the practicing teacher in mind. It will assist MA teachers in advancing initial licenses to professional licenses in physics, geology / earth science, and chemistry. Students can specialize their advanced content course work to their teaching assignments, while taking STEM-specific pedagogy classes with experienced STEM educators.

The program can be completed in as few as five semesters, taking two courses per semester including one summer period. Most classes will be offered in synchronous, online formats, and the program can be completed entirely online.

The MA in Physical Science offers:

  • Opportunities for further graduate training in core educational theory, including courses in assessment, leadership, standards, and curriculum
  • Opportunities for graduate training in STEM Pedagogical Knowledge Content, including understanding the historical development of ideas in physical sciences, issues related to diversity as they pertain to teaching physical science and promoting a more inclusive STEM community, and core conceptual hurdles students face in learning physical science ideas
  • Opportunities to expand one’s knowledge base with courses in a variety of modern science topics
  • Opportunities to design new, or improve existing, lessons and labs to promote high standards and inclusion
  • Opportunities to learn from and work with excellent faculty with diverse experiences in STEM pedagogy and content

 Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Thomas Kling

Admissions Requirements 

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA - Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of coursework or 3.0 GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation, at least one letter of recommendation should be an academic reference from a professor
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals
  • Initial teaching License - An initial teaching license

Application Deadlines 

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment.
Applications that are not completed prior to the start of the semester will need to be moved to the next applicable semester.

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Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Inclusive Teaching Core (all 4 required)

  • PHSC 501 Problem Solving in Physical Science                                  every fall
  • PHSC 502 Science Inquiry Epistemic Frameworks                                          every spring
  • PHSC 520 Diversity in STEM                                                                  every fall
  • PHSC 521 Development of Ideas in Physical Science                       every spring

Advanced Content Knowledge Core (four courses required)

Students may choose any four classes in CHEM, GEOL, GSCI, PHYS or NSCI approved for the MA Physical Science graduate program. These courses do not build on each other. In addition to online offerings through the American Museum of Natural History (NSCI courses), there will be on-campus and synchronous online courses offered by BSU regularly.

Standards and Science Education Core (any two courses required)

  • EDMC 530 The Teacher as Researcher                                             Fall, Spring, Summer
  • EDMC 531 The Standards-Based Classroom: Curriculum              Fall, Spring, Summer
  • EDMC 532 The Teacher as Leader                                                     Fall, Spring, Summer
  • EDMC 533 The Standards-Based Classroom: Assessment             Fall, Spring, Summer
  • EDHM 571 Teaching and Learning in Middle and High Schools             APB Secondary Education*
  • EDHM 572 Planning and Assessment in Middle and High Sch.             APB Secondary Education*

*EDHM 571 accepted in place of EDMC 531, and EDHM 572 accepted in place of EDMC 533.

Total Minimum Credits: 30

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog

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Funding Opportunities 

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Science is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at finaid@bridgew.edu.

Learning Outcomes

By completing the M.A. in Physical Sciences, graduates will be prepared to lead successful careers as middle and high school teachers in Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physical Science, consistent with Bridgewater State University’s Strategic Goals of providing service to the region through workforce development and its history in STEM education.  They will have improved content knowledge, strong pedagogical content knowledge, and an understanding of the role history and inclusive pedagogy can play in teaching science and promoting diversity in STEM fields at the middle and high school level. Graduates will

  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the content of their teaching discipline,
  2. Be able to describe and apply pedagogical content knowledge within their teaching discipline,
  3. Be able to create curricula consistent with national and state standards, and
  4. Be able to describe and apply lessons from the history and modern sociology of science to create inclusive lesson plans and curricula.
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