Pre-2012 Education Minors

Science Education Minor

Effective Fall 2012, students may no longer declare the General Education Minor or any of the Secondary Education Minors.  These minors have been replaced by the Minor in Teacher Education and the Minor in Global and Urban Education Studies.

If you have already declared the General Education Minor or one of the Secondary Education Minors, do not despair -- this archived website provides information on those minors, including course requirements.

See also:  Science Education Minor for Yeshiva University Students

The Science Education Minor enables you to complete coursework as an undergraduate in CAS that will reduce the number of credits required of an NYU Steinhardt MA degree in Teachers of Science, Grades 7-12 that will fulfill the requirements for initial teacher certification. The master's degree will require 30 credits, including student teaching internships beyond the bachelor's degree.

Ideally you would want to declare the minor and begin taking these courses during your first semester of junior year. Please be advised that most of these courses require a fieldwork component consisting of classroom observation and participation. For course descriptions, please see the current NYU Steinhardt Undergraduate Bulletin at

Courses to be taken by CAS Biology, Chemistry, or Physics Majors as a minor in Science Education (5 Courses, 18 Points)

An overall GPA during the first two years of study of at least 2.5 and an overall GPA in science content courses during the first two years of at least 3.0.
Fall Semester Junior Year (1 course, 4 points)
TCHL-UE 0001 Inquiries into Teaching and Learning I. Includes 15 hours of field experiences.
Spring Semester Junior Year (2 course, 8 points)
  Inquiries into Teaching and Learning II. Includes 15 hours of field experiences.
TCHL-UE 1030 Language Acquisition and Literacy. Includes 15 hours of field experiences.
Fall Semester Senior Year (1 course, 3 points)
SCIED-UE 1039 Methods 1: Teaching of Science in Middle School and High School. Includes 15 hours of field experiences.
Spring Semester Senior Year (1 course, 3 points)
SCIED-UE 1050 Using NYC Non-Formal Science Resources to Teach Science

Next Steps: Master's Degree in Teacher Education

If the Science Education Minor convinced you to pursue a career in teaching, take the next step and complete your MA degree in teacher education at NYU Steinhardt.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for one of Steinhardt's MA programs in teacher education, you must have completed your Science Education Minor courses with a grade of B or better, and present a strong academic record in your other courses.

Graduate Admissions Information

Graduate admissions and application information is available online via or in person in Pless Hall, 3rd Floor. If you have detailed questions about the application process, please feel free to call the Office of Graduate Admissions at (212) 998-5030.

Applications should be submitted for the fall semester by the deadline of February 1. Be sure to indicate the option code of “FYR” on your graduate admissions application if you will have completed an Ed Minor by the time you enroll in the master's.

Funding your MA Degree

Depending on the subject you would like to teach and the program in which you wish to enroll there may be special funding opportunities for you. Check them out now!

MA Degree - Teachers of Science Grades 7-12 (10 Courses, 31 Points)

For Science Majors Who Have Successfully Completed the Science Education Minor

Science Content (2 courses, 6 points)
SCIED-GE 2015 Recent Advances in Physics
SCIED-GE 2016 Recent Advances in Chemistry
SCIED-GE 2017 Recent Advances in Biological Science
SCIED-GE 2018 Breakthroughs in the Sciences
General Pedagogical Core (4 courses, 12 points)
APSY-GE 2272 Adolescent Development (3 points)
SPCED-GE 2162 Special Education (3 points, including field experiences)
SCIED-GE 2021 Science in the Historical Perspective
SCMTH-GE 2000 Contemporary Issues in Science and Math Education: Gender and Ethnicity
Pedagogical Content Knowledge Core (2 courses, 6 points)
SCIED-GE 2092 Science Curriculum: Intermediate and Secondary Schools
SCIED-UE 1040 Methods II: Teaching of Science in High School 
Student Teaching (2 courses, 6 points)
 SCIED-GE 2911 Supervised Student Teaching I: Middle School
SCIED-GE 2150 Supervised Student Teaching II: High School
TCHL-GE 2999 Drug and Alcohol Education/Child Abuse Identification and School Violence Prevention/D.A.S.A.: The Social Responsibilities of Teachers (0 points)
Terminal Experience (1 point)
SCIED-GE 2100 Culminating Seminar: Teacher as Researcher, Reflective Practitioner, and Curriculum Developer (1 point)

An individualized project that reflects a students' understanding of science teaching and learning, and the student's philosophical underpinnings developed throughout his or her entire program.

: Professor Pamela Fraser-Abder, (212) 998-5208,


Teacher Certification

Upon successful completion of the master's degree, NYU Steinhardt will recommend you for New York State Initial Teacher Certification. For the New York State Education Department to issue your certificate you must also:

  • Achieve satisfactory scores on the appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
  • Complete the NYS fingerprinting process and receive clearance