Master of Science in Teaching (MST) Program - FAQs for Prospective Students
On this page you will find information and various links to help guide your application process and answer any questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
- What forms do I need to fill out in order to apply to the MST program?
- Do I need to take the Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE) in order to get into the program?
- What is a thesis-based program?
- What is a thesis?
- Do I have to take the Praxis exams? If so, which ones?
- How much is the stipend?
- Will I have to student teach in order to graduate from the program?
- What is involved in student teaching?
- Do I need to have a Bachelor’s degree in a Math or Science related field to apply to the program?
- What pre-requisites do I need to be accepted into the program?
- What is involved in a Teaching Assistantship (TA) position?
- Can I be a part-time MST student?
- Do I pay tuition?
What forms do I need to fill out in order to apply to the MST program
Below is a link to application instructions from the University of Maine Graduate School: Application Instructions.
In addition, click on Current Graduate School Application for a link to the Graduate School application for the current year.
In your application essay, please indicate whether or not you are planning to work toward certification, and let us know the area in which you are most interested in concentrating. Include a description of any related teaching experiences, as well as any other information that will help us get to know your qualifications and interests better.
To expedite handling of your application, and avoid paying the application fee, send all application materials to Leisa Preble, Maine RiSE Center, 5784 York Complex #1, University of Maine, Orono, Maine 04469-5784. Please instruct your references to send their letters to this address as well, and have your transcripts sent there. Application fees will be paid by the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) for students accepted into the program.
Please make sure to indicate on your application whether or not you are interested in studying full time, and if you would like to be considered for an assistantship or a tuition scholarship.
If courses offered in a location other than the Orono campus would be helpful for you, please indicate this preference on your application.
Both full-time and part-time students are encouraged to apply.
Do I need to take the Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE) in order to get into the program?
Yes. GRE scores are required for all applicants, but no subject test is required.
What is a thesis-based program?
A thesis-based program is one where a completed thesis (including an Oral Defense) is required to graduate.
What is a thesis?
A thesis is an original research project. Within the MST program your thesis topic needs to be based upon original research related to science or mathematics education. Your thesis committee can help you come up with some ideas, but in the end you need to ask yourself…”What am I interested in?”
Do I have to take the Praxis exams? If so, which ones?
If you wish to become a certified teacher through student teaching, you need to take the Praxis I exam, and the Praxis II (content specific) exam. You are not required to take the Praxis Methods exam. Completing SMT 501-502, 503-504, or 505-506 classes satisfies this methods requirement for the state.
How much is the stipend?
Assistantships range from $16,000 – $21,500 per year and include a tuition waiver.
Will I have to student teach in order to graduate from the program?
This depends on your intentions after graduating from the program. If you plan on teaching, and are not already a certified teacher, then you will have to student teach. If you decide that you do not want to teach after graduation then you do not have to student teach.
What is involved in student teaching?
Don’t be scared, this is a milestone in every teacher’s life. You will be placed into a Middle or High School and serve seven weeks as a student teacher in either a science or mathematics classroom. You will be placed with an experienced teacher to supervise your instruction. In the beginning you will observe. Over time your role will become more active as you eventually take the lead in instructing the majority, if not all, of your supervisors’ classes.
Do I need to have a Bachelor’s degree in a Math or Science related field in order to apply to the program?
A Bachelor degree in a Math or Science related field may be helpful to you as a student, but is not required for application to the program. You only need to be sure that you have the proper prerequisites completed.
What pre-requisites do I need to be accepted into the program?
The link below will take you to the MST Prerequisites Page:
What is involved in a Teaching Assistantship (TA) position?
As a Teaching Assistant you may teach, or assist in teaching, a general discipline course or lab, or may be involved in some other work for the Center for Science and Education Research
Can I be a part-time MST student?
Absolutely! Courses are offered late in the day, and rotated through the summer sessions, so part-time students may tailor their study to their individual schedules. Practicing teachers are encouraged to develop thesis projects that take advantage of the teaching and learning in their own classrooms. Because full-time students generally receive teaching or research assistantships, some teachers might find it beneficial to take a year’s sabbatical and spend it on campus completing part of the requirements for the MST, while being supported by a graduate assistantship.
Do I pay tuition?
Full-time students who are granted assistantships are also granted tuition waivers (up to 9 credits per semester). Part-time students are expected to pay for tuition, which may be covered by a teacher’s local school district or education grant.