The Science Teacher Education Program

Science Class

The Science Education Programs at Stony Brook offer a palette of coursework, clinical practice, seminars and special projects that prepares students to assume teaching positions in grades 7-12. The programs are committed to both science teaching and science learning as investigatory endeavors that demand conceptualization and theory building within research traditions. Therefore, successful completion of one of these programs requires the student to demonstrate understandings of his/her content specialty, general science principles, human development and pedagogical principles; research techniques appropriate to questions posed; and instructional strategies rooted in theory.

The programs offer: a wide array of supervised, clinical practice opportunities; a lending library of current theoretical, instructional design and policy literature; a secure, web-based communication system for student and faculty discussion and reflection; personalized assessment system consisting of private and small group meetings with participating faculty; an individual student teaching placement program; and an informal career placement network. The programs require a minimum of three semesters, with evening coursework and daytime clinical practice beginning in the first semester.

The Science Education Programs include three options that lead to New York State teacher certification: Undergraduate, Graduate, and combined Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. Areas of science certification include biology, chemistry, earth sciences, and physics. Details are described in the departmental information packets available through the links below.


For information about the Undergraduate programs in Science Education, please visit the following page:


For information about MAT programs in Science Education, please visit the following web page:


For information about each of the science departments, click on the links below:


Please click on the following link for access to our
Guide to Teacher Education.

For more information contact:

Keith Sheppard, Ed.D. - Director, Science Education Program - keith.sheppard@stonybrook.edu
Zuzana Zachar, Ph.D. - MAT in Biology - zuzana.zachar@stonybrook.edu
Susan Oatis, Ph.D. - Chemistry - susan.oatis@stonybrook.edu
Gilbert Hanson, Ph.D. - Geosciences - gilbert.hanson@stonybrook.edu
Robert McCarthy, Ph.D. - Physics - robert.mccarthy@stonybrook.edu
Peter Gergen, Ph.D. - Undergraduate Biology - john.peter.gergen@stonybrook.edu