About the Program

The School of Sciences and Mathematics and the School of Education, Health and Human Performance jointly offer a Master of Education in Science and Mathematics. This program offers graduate-level courses in the sciences, mathematics and education that address the needs of science and math teachers and nonformal science educators. The program’s intention is to strengthen and broaden the educator’s science, mathematics and education knowledge and understanding for use in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms and nonformal science centers. It also provides a solid background for those who might eventually pursue a doctoral degree in science and mathematics education.

Content courses in science and mathematics will be offered by STEM faculty using pedagogical practices consistent with the discipline and which model effective education frameworks and pedagogies. Education courses complement the science and mathematics content component of the program by emphasizing the relationships that exist among science, mathematics and educational theory and practice.

The mission of the M.Ed. Science and Math program is to develop science and math teachers and nonformal educators who are more effective at helping their students learn.  The program seeks to increase and broaden students’ knowledge in the natural sciences and mathematics, their ability to integrate knowledge across scientific disciplines and between science and mathematics, and develop more sophisticated and diverse pedagogical content knowledge and instructional skills.  The program also seeks to develop professional teachers who are able to critically and effectively reflect on teaching practice and contribute to improving science and math teaching at the school, district or state-wide levels.

Meet One of Our Recent Graduates!


We are excited to announce that our September 2020 Alumna of the Month is Heather Crider. She is a 2020 graduate of our program.  Currently, she is a middle school teacher with Charleston County School District. You can read more about her time at the University of Charleston, S.C. and why she chose the SMFT program in her in-depth feature.  Also, look for an announcement of a panel discussion with her and other SMFT alumni and students sometime in early October! 

For more information, contact:

Dr. John S Peters
Program Director, M.Ed. Science & Math Education
Department of Biology
66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424