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​Science Education

A dual enrollment program between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, the science education program studies advances in science and technology that have revolutionized the way people live.

Science education majors at Syracuse University are taught how to help students learn the processes, skills, and body of scientific knowledge necessary to excel in the increasingly technological world. The program prepares students to bring the most recent scientific developments to the classroom, working closely with faculty to build on the knowledge, skills, and values they need to become leading educators.

Divided into four specific programs, students may choose their field of study: science education/biology, science education/chemistry, science education/earth science, and science education/physics.

About the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education

College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

School of Education

The School of Education is a national leader in enhancing educational practice. A pioneer in the inclusion movement, the School of Education continues that tradition through its work to improve urban education.


Core coursework highlights curriculum development, educational leadership, and teaching methods. Sample courses include:

  • Methods and Curriculum in Teaching Science
  • Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs
  • Teacher Development in Science
  • Assessment and Data-Driven Instruction
  • Safe and Healthy Learning Environments

Official Major Requirements

Practical Experience

Students enrolled in the science education major participate in multiple out-of-class learning experiences to complement their coursework.

  • Teach children in urban, suburban, and rural settings in extensive field placement.
  • Attend the Frontiers in Science lecture series and weekly high school enrichment workshop.
  • Gain in-class experience teaching in classrooms around the world through short-term study abroad programs.
  • Work alongside faculty on various experiments, testing, and research.

Study Abroad

Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S.,  Syracuse Abroad  has more than 100 programs in 60 countries, with nearly half of all students going abroad during their four years.

Science education majors most often go abroad to our World Partner program the University of Queensland. Explore Study Abroad opportunities for students in the School of Education .

To make study abroad more affordable, you have the opportunity to apply for a Himan Brown Fellows scholarship, a scholarship exclusively for School of Education Students.

Life After Syracuse University

With a science education degree you can pursue careers such as:

  • Science teacher
  • Textbook author
  • Chemist
  • Physicist
  • Biological scientist
  • Technical writer
  • Environmental educator

Or, pursue a graduate degree in the areas of education or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.