We're currently offering up to $3,000 in scholarships for MEd students.

See if You Qualify

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science

Nothing gets a student more interested in a subject than when an educator teaches the content in the clearest and most engaging of ways — and when it comes to the mesmerizing, complex world of science, that’s so easy to do. That is, if you put in the effort to hone your skills as a teacher of foundational science concepts and enhance your own science knowledge.

Concordia’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science online program does exactly that. With an emphasis on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the standards of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), our relevant curriculum addresses inquiry methods for teaching science. You’ll also learn to better integrate technology in the PreK–12 science core curriculum and virtual laboratory experiences.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework — paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom — makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits — from higher pay to promotions — are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

Step 1 of 3: What type of student are you?

Step 2 of 3: What would you like to study?

Step 3 of 3: Get info about this program

Yes! By submitting this form I ask to receive email, texts and calls about degree programs on behalf of Concordia University-Portland, and agree automated technology may be used to dial the number(s) I provided. I understand this consent is not required to enroll.
September 23rd
Program Length 1 Year
Credits 30 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $3,000
100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
Earn your MEd in one year, one class at a time, with built-in breaks
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
87% of our online MEd grads report positive career benefits as a result of their degree
20,000-strong alumni
20,000-strong alumni network
93% of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall academic program experience

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science online degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate:
Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress in relation to Oregon’s Common Core State Standards and specific district standards

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students

Classroom Diversity Skills

Classroom Diversity Skills

An understanding of the ways that the specific curricular/instructional area has the potential to be responsive to classroom diversity

Moral Leadership

Moral Leadership

A clear understanding of the moral leadership required of them as advanced scholars in the chosen area of curriculum and instruction



The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results


The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science is a 30 credit-hour program

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits

This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.

This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.

Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st-century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.

Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.


Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Science
12 credits
This course focuses on a view of science as a framework for understanding the natural world. Participants learn about the sciences as a systematic gathering of information through various forms of direct and indirect observation and the testing of this information through building and applying investigation skills. Participants also discuss the principal product of science as knowledge in the form of naturalistic concepts and the laws and theories related to those concepts. Emphasis is placed on transformational learning based in a developmental, inquiry-based approach. As teachers of science, this course also encourages active participation in the community of science and the furthering of science education.
This course emphasizes the need for learners to view themselves as scientists and as such to engage in raising questions, carrying out investigations, communicating methods, proposing explanations and solutions, using observation, and analyzing science practices. Emphasis is placed on the teacher as a scientist modeling the Scientific Method to fledgling scientists, using transformational learning steeped in a developmental, inquiry-based approach. The course will address planning for instruction, setting goals, teaching to standards, meeting curricular requirements, and teaching developmentally with a focus on student inquiry and knowledge construction as the basis for teaching and learning.
The focus of this course is to teach science using transformational teaching and learning strategies that are focused on meeting the needs of all learners through a developmental, constructivist approach. There will be an emphasis on differentiation in all aspects of the learning environment: setting up the classroom, getting to know the learners, assessing learning styles and needs, differentiating teaching strategies, the iterative process and providing personalized anchor activities to solidify learning. The course will provide a plethora of practical ideas for making science a positive and transformational experience for teachers and learners alike.
The inquiry-based science classroom is enhanced through the use of innovative technology tools and resources that are available to classroom teachers. This course will focus on the use of educational technology as a vital means to transform science education through enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in children using technology as inquiry-based learning tools in ways similar to those of practicing scientists. The use of Internet images, virtual science labs and field trips, simulations, digital microscopes and digital cameras, multimedia packages, global information systems, science computer databases and computer-based laboratories are examples of the resources studied and applied in this class.

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits

This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Master of Education culminates with the choice of either EDGR 698-Action Research or EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry. Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.


Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:

Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the reflective acts of the candidate as an educator seeking to improve teaching practice. Premised in the self-study research methodological traditions (Samaras, 2011), Practitioner Inquiry provides the opportunity to reflect on teaching practice and generate improvements based on classroom observation. Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the educator and her/his own practices, developing skills of inquiry, observation, reflection, and action in teachers. Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research

Action research is one of the capstone projects for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. (During this course, the proposal will NOT be implemented with students/participants.)
This design provides students with the requisite skills and means to pursue the transformative practice called "Action Research" in their classroom, school, district or other work environment. The design method for the capstone project closely aligns with current classroom realities, with district and school requirements, and the needs of teachers and students.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601.

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.


In addition to fully online, Concordia offers several Master of Education programs in an on-campus or hybrid format. See the options here.

Is the MEd in Science concentration right for me?

Consider choosing this path if:

  • You want to teach science using transformational teaching and learning strategies
  • You’re captivated by the natural world and love when your students are too
  • You’re interested in learning more about educational technology as it applies to your teaching

Still unsure? We know we offer a lot of programs! Let’s talk more about your professional and personal goals.

Child Learning
Attending Concordia Portland was the best investment I made in my education, and for my future. I am grateful for the ongoing support and the encouragement I've received.
KIMBERLY CALLAHAN, MEd in Curriculum &amp Instruction:
Science '17


What makes this program so relevant today

  • Science introduces students to the fascinating biological, physical, chemical, and technical processes that surround us.
  • Science saves lives — medical breakthroughs, engineering discoveries, and technological advances help save lives and improve society.
  • Students learn critical thinking skills, asking big questions and solving real-world problems through logical and empirical exploration by utilizing the “scientific method.”
  • Science instills experimentation, investigation, research, collaboration, and evaluation skills that are applicable to other areas of students’ lives.
  • Through research and learning new technologies, students understand that science continuously deepens our knowledge of the world.

Though science content areas have been foundational across centuries, the manner in which we teach science and measure gained skills must adapt to 21st century needs. The continued growth of engineering- and technology-related jobs demands a greater level of connectivity between science and other subject matters including arts, math, reading, and social studies.

One notable shift is the increased inclusion of science, technology, and engineering curriculum in earlier grades. 21st century educators are responsible for designing and providing learning opportunities to help students develop skills and interests in high-demand fields. Integrating science curricula earlier in a student’s life enables her to make more informed and responsible choices as she progresses.

Source: EdWeek.org

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama told Congress and the country: “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.” It was his call for the United States to ramp up scientific and technological innovation to stay competitive with other nations, spur economic growth, preserve national security and propel ingenuity. Harkening back to the 1957 space race with Russia that spurred rapid growth in science and technological innovation, Obama called for the United States to seize this modern moment for our youth by asking educators to prioritize 21st century skills learning. Boosted by millions in funding for teacher training, grants, research and measurability—STEM/STEAM is now a household name in education practice.

In our Science Education concentration, you will advance your teaching skills to help students discover the wonders of science:

  • How to use science as a framework for understanding the natural world.
  • How to plan for instruction, set goals, meet teaching standards and curricular requirements.
  • How to teach science in a differentiated classroom.
  • How to assess student learning.
  • How to integrate technology into the science classroom.
  • Cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories.


See where an MEd focused on science could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

Potential careers include:

  • Higher education instructor: PreK–12 science learning and teaching
  • Consultant/advisor in teaching science (PreK–12)
  • Professional development, science (PreK–12)
  • Science tutor
  • Program director, science (PreK–12)
  • Learning & teaching science (PreK–12) advisor to state legislatures/Congress
  • Curriculum director, science (PreK–12)
  • Division or department chair, science (PreK–12)
  • Lead grant writer: stem STEM (science/ technology/ engineering/ mathematics) local, state & federal grants

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

(888) 986-8148