Dual-Degree Programs - FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the dual-degree programs are listed below. If your question is not here, please contact Marilyn Soucie, T2D2 Program Coordinator, for assistance.

Why earn two degrees?
How do I enroll in the dual degree?
Who is eligible?
How many extra classes will I have to take?
How many credit hours will I have to take per semester?
Will I have to teach in a high school as part of my program of study?
Do I have to be a teacher when I’m finished?
What can I do with an education degree besides teach?
How do I switch to the dual-degree program?
When is the best time to switch to a dual-degree program?
What scholarships are available?
 
Why earn two degrees?
If you are uncertain about your future career, a dual-degree program prepares you for multiple career paths. A graduate of a dual-degree program will have a unique combination of skills that employers value in today’s complex economy.

If you are an MU science major, earning two degrees allows you to expand your career options yet keep the door open to graduate studies in your field.

If you plan to become a high school teacher, a degree in science greatly increases your value to a school district. Research shows that teacher subject-matter knowledge is associated with greater student achievement. In this era of high standards and expectations, having a highly qualified teacher in the classroom has never been more important. The strongest predictor of how well students performed on a recent national assessment was the percentage of well-qualified teachers—that is, those who were fully certified and had majored in the subjects they taught (National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, 2000).

How do I enroll in the dual degree?
If you are a new student to MU, indicate Biology Education, Physics Education, Chemistry Education or Earth Science Education as your major when you enroll. You will complete initial advising in the College of Education. During your first fall semester, make an appointment with Kelly Benson, Education Academic Advisor. She will assist you in completing the paperwork to add the science degree to your record.

If you are a current student enrolled n A&S, contact Kelly Benson, Education Academic Advisor at any time to add the education degree to your record.

If you are a current student enrolled in Education, contact the appropriate science advisor to add the science degree to your record. 

Who is eligible?
The dual-degree programs are targeted at MU freshmen and sophomores majoring in either a science field or in science education. Talk to an advisor for more information.

If you are a junior or senior science major considering science teaching as a career, it may be more expedient for you to finish your current program of study and then earn your teaching credentials and a master’s degree in MU’s SMAR2T program.

How many extra classes will I have to take?
It depends on which science field you are entering. Dual-degree programs require 132 credits, which is 12 additional credits beyond a single degree program, Check the appropriate Program of Study or see an advisor to answer this question.

How many credit hours will I have to take per semester?
It depends. Talk to an advisor for the answer to this question, or enroll in the 1-credit hour course, Exploring Science Teaching as a Career, during which students will design individual programs of study.

Will I have to teach in a high school as part of my program of study?
You are required to complete 1 semester of student teaching as part of the requirements of the BS in Secondary Education.

Do I have to be a teacher when I’m finished?
No. If you decide not to be a high school teacher after graduation, you are free to make that decision.

If you accept a Noyce Scholarship, you will be required to teach 2 years in a high-needs school district for each year of scholarship. This requirement must be fulfilled within 8 years following graduation.
What can I do with an education degree besides teach?
Many career paths are open to those who hold degrees in education, including working in science museums, nature science centers, or publishing, to name a few.

How do I switch to the dual-degree program?
See an advisor to assist you with this process.

When is the best time to switch to a dual-degree program?
This decision is best made during the freshman or sophomore year.

What scholarships are available?
MU juniors and seniors seeking dual degrees in science and education may be eligible for $20,000 annual Noyce Scholarships beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.(available through the 2012-2013 school year)



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