Profile for Heidi Masters

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Specialty area(s)

Science Education

Brief biography

Dr. Heidi Masters is an Assistant Professor in Educational Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) and teaches science methods courses to future teachers. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in science education from Indiana University-Bloomington. She has taught fifth and sixth grade science in Ogden, Utah and continues to involve herself in STEM programs and research.

Current courses at UWL

EDS 421

EDS 445

EDS 492



2010-2015: Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2008: M.S. in Elementary Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2002-2007: B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Teaching history

2015-present: Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

2010-2015: Associate Instructor at Indiana University - Bloomington

2007-2010: Public School Teacher at Ogden Preparatory Academy in Ogden, Utah

Research and publishing

Masters, H. (2020). Using teaching rehearsals to prepare preservice teachers for explanation-driven science instruction. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 31(4), 414-434.   

Masters, H., & Shrake, T. (2019). Winter fun without wet mittens.  Science and Children, 57(3), 33-39.

Masters, H., Dagget, K., Fonk, A., Geiser, A., Hund, J., Kohlbeck, K., Peterson, P., Smith, J., Zander, Z., & Zaspel, T. (2019). Building water diversion structures to protect plants from too many rain showers.  Science and Children, 57(1), 36-43. 

Masters, H., Hilgendorf, C., Stundahl, L., Gresl, M., & Jentsch, A. (2019).  Help Batman engineer a safe and stable house. Science and Children, 56(5), 78-83.

Masters, H., & Park Rogers, M. (2018). Examining early elementary teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge for teaching scientific explanations. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 29(3), 223-242.

Fouad, K. E., Masters, H. L., & Akerson, V. (2015). Using History of Science to Teach Nature of Science to Elementary Students. Science & Education, 24(9), 1103-1140.