Program Spotlight


Program Spotlight

B.A. Education, Subject Matter: Science 

Tracking data on Rowan science education graduates since 2007, department chairperson Issam Abi-El-Mona, Ph.D., proudly shares, “Ninety-eight percent of my graduates have jobs in their fields, 68% in tenured positions.” He believes the quality of the program and the department’s assistance with networking and the job search process drive these overwhelmingly positive outcomes.

Nationally recognized twice in recent years, by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Science Teacher Association in 2016 and 2010, the Rowan science education program is a rigorous one. “It’s a tough program,” Abi-El-Mona says, “But once my students are out in schools they tell me, ‘I realize all my hard work in your methods class is paying off.’”

Students interested in becoming secondary science teachers first earn a bachelor’s degree in a science program (physics, chemistry or biology), focusing on strenghtening their subject content knowledge. During the end of their senior year they can matriculate into a one-year master's program STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, where they earn a master's degree and teaching certification in their subject-specific area.

An added bonus, Abi-El-Mona shares, is that undergraduate science education majors are welcome to begin taking prerequisites for their graduate work during their senior year. Students pay the undergraduate rate for graduate credits, saving both money and time.

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