MASTER OF SCIENCE EDUCATION (MSE)
2015 Course Offerings


The MSE courses are designed for teachers wanting to enhance their understanding of science principles, as well as their ability to teach these concepts.  The program focuses on hands-on experiential learning of science and is designed to benefit even those teachers with minimal experience in science methodology necessary to teach science to their students.


Courses are open to any elementary, middle or high school teacher interested in science.
Credits may be applied towards the Master Degree, Masters Plus, as well as ACT 48 credits.


FALL SEMESTER

16-Week Courses

COURSE #

TITLE, DATES, DESCRIPTION

DAY/TIME

LOCATION

INSTRUCTOR

CREDITS

MSE 801-01

Principles of Biology and Life Science

 

September 1 to December 15

Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 pm

N-G 130

S. McCurdy

3

 

This course addresses biology and life science concepts prevalent in virtually all science curricula, as well as those set forth in the National Science Education Standards. Students engage in the use of scientific methods to address topics typically taught in biology and life science courses.

MSE 811-01

Curriculum Design  *Hybrid Course                             

 

August 31 to December 7

In class sessions meet 5:30-8:30 pm

9.14, 9.28, 10.26, and 11.16

N-G 212

D. Feilmeier

3

 

Focusing on curriculum design using the PDE Standards Aligned System website and a "backward design" model, students will identify the desired results of a science curriculum based on national and state standards, as well as the PA assessment anchors. Students will explore research-based rationale for reform in science education and address the use of local, state, and national assessments.

MSE 820-01

Seminar: Contemp. Environmental Issue *Hybrid Course

 

August 31 to December 19

In class sessions meet 5:30-8:30 pm

9.2, 9.23, 10.21, 11.18, and 12.9

N-G 212

G. Czarnecki

3

 

This course will help you incorporate environmental science and issues into your classroom teaching. We’ll take a three phase approach to studying the major environmental issues facing us today. The first step will be to understand the science underlying the issue. The second step will be to understand the societal and ecological facets and impacts of the issue. Finally, we’ll explore ways to incorporate this information into your classroom.

MSE 820-21

Seminar: Integrative STEM Education Practicum

 

August 31 to December 19

C. Coryer

1-3

 

This course is designed as an opportunity for educators who wish to be considered for PDE Integrative STEM Endorsement candidacy to apply and extend integrative STEM knowledge, understandings, and skills acquired through coursework to meaningful field experiences. During the Integrative STEM Education Practicum, candidates for the endorsement will develop a digital portfolio of artifacts as evidence in meeting the program competencies and as demonstration of reflective practice.  Must have prior approval.

MSE 830-01

Research in Science Education: Thesis

 

August 31 to December 19

C. Coryer

1-3

 

A topic relevant to the teaching of science in the classroom will be researched with the approval of the student's advisor. The topic of research should be well documented in professional journals and studies.  Graded pass/fail. May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: MSE 829.

MSE 832-01

Research in Science Education: Project

 

August 31 to December 19

C. Coryer

1-3

 

A topic relevant to the teaching of science in the classroom will be researched with the approval of the student's advisor. The topic of research should be well documented in professional journals and studies. 

 
* Hybrid Courses will meet in the classroom on select dates; the remainder of the course will be online.



FALL SEMESTER

8-Week Courses

COURSE #

TITLE, DATES, DESCRIPTION

DAY/TIME

LOCATION

INSTRUCTOR

CREDITS

MSE 813-91

Literacy in the Science Classroom *Online

 

8 Week Session

October 26- December 19

Online

Online

M. Reed

3

 

 

This course will explore the communication and reading literacy skills that K-12 students need in understanding science education and scientific literature. The course will provide students with opportunities to choose, apply, and evaluate writing, reading, and communication skills with their students by selecting appropriate materials and exercises that reflect the needs of a diverse population of students. The components of a balanced literacy curriculum - phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension - will be addressed as well as strategies to improve these skills in students weak in one or more of the components. Literacy skills that are unique to science will be explored, including learning to communicate in the language of science (charts, tables, data, maps, etc.).

MSE 820-22

Principles of Mathematics in a STEM Classroom *Hybrid Course

 

8 Week Session

August 31 – October 24

In class sessions meet 5:30-8:30 pm

9.3, 9.17, 10.1, and 10.22

N-G 212

Staff

3

 

This course is designed for K-12 educators, administrators, and informal educators as a rich and deep inquiry into Mathematics concepts related to STEM curriculum.  This course will include mathematical concepts that are developed through inquiry based learning and opportunities for the students to discover the concepts with peers. Educators will have then have the opportunity to develop hands-on and inquiry based activities that can be implemented into their classroom to allow students to have a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. All activities will be linked to the PA Common Core Mathematics Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and the Standards for Technology Literacy standards to ensure they include cross-curricular aspects of STEM.

MSE 880-01

Intro to STEM Education *Hybrid Course

 

8 Week Session

October 26-December 19

In class sessions meet 5:30-8:30 pm

10.29, 11.12, 11.19, 12.10, and 12.17

N-G 212

J. Rider-Bertrand

3

 

This course serves as a general exploration of the disciplines and approaches to STEM education. Pedagogy, assessment, standards alignment, and trends and issues will be covered In this course.

  
* Hybrid Courses will meet in the classroom on select dates; the remainder of the course will be online.