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Masters in STEM Teaching Program


The College of Arts and Sciences offers a master’s degree for students seeking a science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) career path that involves teaching through the Masters in STEM Teaching (MST) program. A typical candidate plans to become a faculty member or teacher, whether a tenure-track professor or lecturer at a four-year college or university, an instructor at a two-year college, or even a K-12 teacher. Through required coursework and teaching internships, the program offers an opportunity to STEM undergraduates to become exceptionally qualified teachers at either the secondary or post-secondary level.


MST is a non-thesis master’s program, designed to extend and deepen the science background of its students through graduate coursework in their STEM disciplinary content areas, as well as provide strong preparation in the pedagogical aspects of STEM 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 (STEM) 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 two categories: (1) those pursuing MST as a stand-alone MS program after completion of a BS degree in a STEM discipline, or (2) those pursuing MST concurrently with a graduate degree in one of Florida State University’s STEM departments with the permission of both programs.


For more information, contact the program director: Erica Staehling (staehling@bio.fsu.edu).



Admissions Requirements


Prospective students are advised to contact the MST program director (staehling@bio.fsu.edu) to get more information about joining the program before applying. To apply, new students should visit the Graduate Application Portal* (https://admissions.fsu.edu/gradapp/) 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.

  • 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 (http://www.fldoe.org/)

         Certification Pathways & Routes (http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/pathways-routes/)

         Tallahassee Community College (https://www.tcc.fl.edu/)

         The Graduate School (http://www.gradstudies.fsu.edu/)

         Graduate Application Portal (https://admissions.fsu.edu/gradapp/)

         Tuition and Fees (http://controller.vpfa.fsu.edu/student-business/tuition-fees)