M.S. in Life Science Teaching application deadline is June 15

Special to Civitas Media

June 10, 2014

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will enroll its first students in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Life Science Teaching program in August 2014 and has extended the deadline to apply to June 15.

The program, which is being offered through the School of Mathematics and Sciences in collaboration with the LMU Carter and Moyers School of Education, is designed for the science-minded individual with an undergraduate degree who wishes to change careers to teach. The program will be offered at the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., utilizing face-to-face methodology with lecture, lab and projects and leads to initial teacher licensure.

“The need for exceptionally prepared STEM teachers is widely recognized. Workforce demand for licensed teachers in all STEM disciplines brings out hiring competition,” said School of Mathematics and Sciences Dean Amiel Jarstfer. “Students will participate in a variety of graduate level science content courses while gaining the knowledge they need for success in the classroom through the Carter and Moyers School of Education.”

The program major requires a minimum of 38 graduate credit hours including six credit hours of student teaching and can be completed in four consecutive semesters.

The demand for science teachers is at an all-time high throughout the country. Many states, including Tennessee, offer incentives for licensed teachers. The Tennessee Math and Science Teacher Loan Forgiveness program provides financial assistance to public school teachers seeking an advanced degree in mathematics or science, or a certification to teach mathematics or a science. Loan forgiveness requires employment in a public school system two years for each year of the loan. Recipients will receive $2,000 per academic year, regardless of the number of terms enrolled within that academic year. The total amount may not exceed $10,000.

The School of Mathematics and Sciences offers three other Master of Science majors including biomedical professions, anatomical science and life science research. For more information about any of the M.S. program offerings, contact Master of Science Recruitment and Student Services Coordinator Holly Napier by phone at 423-869-6027 or email at holly.napier@lmunet.edu.