• MAEd: Natural Science and Environmental Education

    Courses and Degree Requirements

    Hamline’s Master of Arts in Education (MAEd: NSEE) is a flexible degree program that allows you to complete coursework at your own pace and can be completed in as few 18 months.

    Online Program

    Designed to be fully online, Hamline's master's program in natural science and environmental education also offers opportunities to take classes off campus or in your community for field-based research. Some online courses request on-campus meetings, but make arrangements for those students who cannot attend in person.

    Required Courses (24 credits):

    • GED 8200 Understanding Learning (2 credits)
    • GED 8210 Investigating Contemporary and Critical Issues in Education (2 credits)
    • GED 8220 Policy, Leadership, and Advocacy for Educators (4 credits)
    • NSEE 8110 Foundations in Natural Science and Environmental Education (4 credits)
    • NSEE 8130 Environment and Society (4 credits) OR NSEE 8120 Earth Systems: Biomes (4 credits)
    • GED 8400 Research Design (4 credits)
    • GED 8490: Capstone Project or GED 8495: Capstone Thesis (4 credits)

    Elective Courses (10 credits):

    In choosing elective courses, students may select concentration areas, which include

    • Nature-based early learning
    • Climate literacy
    • Natural history/interpretation
    • Other area with approval of the program chair/coordinator

    Elective credit courses are typically courses in Science Education or Environmental Education (NSED). Others may be accepted with approval of the program director. Credit toward the Environmental Education certificate may be earned through elective credits.

    Transfer Credits

    Up to five semester credits of graduate coursework from an outside institution or up to 10 credits of graduate coursework from Hamline taken before admission may be used to fulfill elective requirements.

    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for Natural Science and Environmental Education.