SUMMER 2014 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 2014 Term begins August 25th to December 17th, 2014

FALL 2014







MSE 802

Principles of Chemistry


Tuesdays 5:30pm - 8:30pm

N-G 411




This course utilizes concepts in chemistry to make connections to common substances. Establishing chemistry as an integral part of everyday life, as well as discoveries made by chance, will make this topic relevant to all students.  Prerequisite: MSE 800.

MSE 803

Principles of Physics and Physical Science


Wednesdays 5:30pm - 8:30pm

NG 227




This course utilizes hands-on experimental methods to gain confidence and experience with inquiry-based learning of physics. Topics include motion, heat, light, electricity and magnetism.

MSE 805

Principles of Earth Science


Fridays 5:30pm - 8:30pm

N-G 227




The interaction and effects of geology, meteorology, and space exploration will be explored in this course. Field study is combined with experimental inquiries from exemplary curricula to illustrate critical connections of physics, chemistry and biology with the earth sciences.

MSE 813

Literacy in the Science Classroom *Hybrid Course


On campus meetings: 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4

5:30pm - 8:30pm

NG 212




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

Inclusive Science Classroom


Online – 8 week course – 9/25 thru 10/19





The purpose of this course is to explore evidence-based practices to meet the needs of diverse learners in the K-12 science classes. Federal law requires students with disabilities to have access to the general education curriculum; be educated alongside general education peers as much as possible; and progress toward core science standards assessed  in grades 4, 8, and 11 in the state of Pennsylvania (IDEA, 2004; NCLB, 2001). This course will incorporate adaptations and assistive technology into curriculum and assessment to address the National Science Education Standards and the Pennsylvania Science Standards.   

MSE 820

Biology Keystone Connections *Hybrid Course


Online sessions (3hr): 9/20, 10/4,  and 10/18

On campus meetings: 9/27 and 10/11

9:00am - 12:00noon





This 1 credit seminar has been designed for the science education leaders and teachers who are interested in using the PDE SAS Portal tools and resources to strengthen their local standards aligned biology education systems.  A complete alignment inventory of your current biology written curriculum and local summative assessments will occur.  Best practices in biology instruction and remediate strategies will be explored.   

MSE 829

Research Methods and Statistics


Mondays 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Lynch 186

Manza, Kitchens



Designed to develop the understanding of the methods employed in planning and developing research in science, students will gain experience in generating ideas for research, critically evaluating literature, synthesizing and presenting results of research, and writing in a clear and organized way. Students will explore research-based rationale for reform in science education and address the use of statistics in analyzing science education research as well as local, state, and national assessments. Enduring understandings, content worthy of understanding and the development of essential questions for science courses will be addressed.

MSE 880

Introduction to STEM Education


On campus meetings: 8/28, 9/25, 10/23, 11/20, 12/11

5:30pm - 8:30pm

N-G 212




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. 3 credits.

MSE 830

Independent Research in Science Education: Thesis

Register by September 1



MSE 832

Independent Research in Science Education: Project

Register by September 1



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


To view the course schedules in AccessLVC:

View the schedule of courses offered in the Master of Science Education Program at Lebanon Valley College. Students must be admitted to the MSE Program or obtain prior approval before registering.


  • Select the "Term". Please note that MSE online courses are listed as "Non-Term"; all other MSE courses are under the respective "Term".
  • Under "Subjects", select "Master of Science Education".
  • Select "Submit".

 Click here to begin: MSE Schedule of Courses