The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree in Natural Science Education is designed for teachers who want to increase their knowledge and skills in mathematics and/or science to better meet the educational needs of their students.
Teachers may select a mathematics and/or science emphasis for a MAT in Natural Science. Students must complete a foundations, research, and capstone course appropriate for the emphasis selected. Twenty-one (21) to twenty-four (24) credit hours of content courses designed to meet one's professional needs are then selected with the assistance of a faculty advisor. Upon satisfactory completion of all course requirements, students develop thematic teaching units based on the content of the class and/or complete a research project as determined by the department. These materials can be utilized within their classroom and serve as a resource for area teachers.
Classes taken at Saginaw Valley State University for the Certificate Program in Mathematics and Science Education will apply to this program. (33 credits)
Certified teachers interested in enhancing current credentials have the option of adding new subject areas, as well as completing coursework requirements for advancement of their teaching credentials, thus increasing employment opportunities, marketability and developing additional skills.
Natural science education majors are those who aspire to teach subjects that fall under life science, chemical science, physical science, earth science, mathematical science, computer science, and engineering science. Natural science teachers can teach at the elementary, middle school, and secondary levels or continue to higher education. Their responsibilities are the same as any other teacher, teaching their subject area of natural science.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic's 2008 salary guide ( http://www.bls.gov/ ), the median annual wage of elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranged from $47,100 to $51,180. Natural science teachers are not usually paid anymore than teachers of other subjects until the postsecondary levels.
According to the Michigan Labor and Economic Growth Labor Market Information ( http://www.milmi.org/ ), the average wage in Michigan for teachers in 2008 depended at what level they taught at. The annual salary for elementary teachers was $57,180; for middle school teachers it was $58,280; and for secondary school teachers it was $54,970.