Masters in Science Teaching Program


The Florida State University College of Arts and Sciences offers a master's degree for students seeking a career path in teaching through the Masters in Science Teaching (MST) program. MST is a non-thesis master's program, designed to extend and deepen the science background of its students through graduate coursework in their science content areas, as well as provide strong preparation in the pedagogical aspects of science teaching and learning, including high-quality, extended teaching internships.


The program builds upon a strong partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education to provide the best experiences for students in the content (science) and teaching (education) areas, working with local secondary schools and Tallahassee Community College to provide internship experiences for all students.


Typical students fit into one of three categories: (1) those pursuing MST as a part of a combined BS/MS while completing undergraduate science degrees at FSU, (2) those pursuing MST as a stand-alone program after completion of a BS degree in science, or (3) those pursuing MST concurrently with a graduate degree in one of FSU's science departments with the permission of both programs. Through required coursework and teaching internships the program offers an opportunity to science undergraduates to become exceptionally qualified science teachers at either the secondary or post-secondary level.


For more information, contact the program director: Erica Staehling (



Admissions Requirements


Prospective students are advised to contact the MST program director ( to get more information about joining the program before applying. To apply, new students should visit the Graduate Application Portal* ( and must meet all Graduate School requirements for admission, including:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. (Note: a combined BS/MS degree option is available to FSU undergraduates, which offers informal admission to the program to undergraduates and formal admission during their final undergraduate semester.)

  • Upper-division undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0-scale.

  • Scores on the GRE or comparable standardized graduate admissions exam that is acceptable to The Graduate School. While there is not currently a minimum score, the candidate must have taken such an exam and must show evidence of strong undergraduate work or other evidence of academic success if test scores are low.


* Dual enrollment is an administrative process and should NOT be pursued through the Graduate Application Portal.



Useful Links


         Florida Department of Education (

         Certification Pathways & Routes (

         Tallahassee Community College (

         The Graduate School (

         Graduate Application Portal (

         Tuition and Fees (