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STEM Graduate Courses are designed for educators seeking to enhance their understanding of STEM principles and methodology. View how each course fits within your degree or certificate requirements.  

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  • Schedules are subject to updates and changes; please see AccessLVC for most up to date course information.
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Course Schedule:

Fall 1- August 29 - October 19

Main Campus - Annville

  • MSE 806 - Principles of Mathematics in STEM - Thursdays (Aug.29, Sept. 19, Oct. 3) - 5:30 p.m- 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Ed Gooch
    • This course is designed for both formal and informal K-12 educators and administrators as a rich and deep inquiry into Mathematics as related to a STEM curriculum. The course will include mathematical concepts and big ideas that are developed through collaborative learning experiences and opportunities for self-reflection and analysis of classroom practice leading to the design of integrative standards-based lessons with embedded scaffolds to support the success of all students. Educators will have the opportunity to explore the Standards for Mathematical Practices, examine ways to build rich mathematical discourse and to develop hands-on inquiry-based activities that can be implemented into classrooms. All content will be linked to the PA Core Mathematics Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and the Standards for Technology Literacy standards to ensure a cross-curricular approach to STEM integration.

  • MSE 820 - Technology in STEM Education - Tuesdays (hybrid) - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Jasmine Bucher
    • An exploration of educational technologies used in and beyond the STEM classroom, this course focuses on emphasizing a conscientious approach to technology that goes beyond current technology fads. This course encourages educators to think about how to integrate digital technologies in schools—offering ideas, discussions, opportunities, and tools for how to do it. Specific topics include educational approaches to teaching and student exposure to technology and coding, augmented and virtual reality, Invention Literacy, and more. The course strives to inspire authentic learning experiences through educational technologies, look for new ways technology can enhance learning and, explore the design of technology-based learning environments. There is a high priority placed on doing as a pathway to understanding. 

  • MSE 882 - STEM Integrative Curriculum Design -  Wednesdays (hybrid) - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider-Bertrand
    • Students registered in the Annville section of MSE 882 should also register for 1 credit of MSE 883, online.
    • This is the third course of the three-course STEM concentration. This course will explore integrative curriculum design and assessment. Topics will include state and national standards and analysis of existing STEM curricula and pedagogies. Prerequisite: MSE 880 and MSE 881.

Online

  • MSE 880 - Intro to STEM Education. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider-Bertrand
    • 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.

  • MSE 881 - STEM Education Systemic Reform. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider-Bertrand
    • This is the second course of the 3-course STEM concentration. Students will investigate STEM initiatives and programs, including individuals and organizations that have impacted the development of STEM education. The course will also explore funding, budgeting, and grant writing in relation to STEM reform. Prerequisite: MSE 880.

  • MSE 883 - Integrative STEM Practicum. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider-Bertrand
    • Students registered in the Annville MSE 882 course should register for 1 credit of MSE 883
    • Students needing 3 credits of 883, following completion of MSE 880, 881, and 882 should register for 3 credits of MSE 883
    • In this course, students will apply and extend integrative STEM knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired through coursework to meaningful field experiences. During the Integrative STEM Education Practicum, students will develop a digital portfolio of artifacts as evidence in meeting the program competencies and as a demonstration of reflective practice. This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Co-or prerequisite: MSE 880, 881, or 882.

Fall 2 - October 21 - December 8

Main Campus - Annville

  • MSE 813 - Literacy in the Science Classroom - Mondays (hybrid) - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Ann Berger-Knorr
    • 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 - How Things Work - Thursdays (hybrid) - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Instructor: Anton Oberg
    • This course will use physics to explain some of the devices that you use routinely almost every day. These are devices that you likely have learned to use well, but you may not have understood very well how they work. For each device that we will study we will first lay a theoretical groundwork and then do a lab where you will either construct something or make an investigation. By alternating theory and hands-on activities, you will better be able to gain an in-depth understanding of each device. The course has two main goals: 1) help you apply the scientific knowledge you already have to the world around you. 2) To increase your scientific knowledge by using your surrounding environment as an instructional tool.

Dixon University Center - Harrisburg

  • MSE 880 - Intro to STEM Education - Wednesdays (hybrid) 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Andrea Walker
    • Students registered in the Dixon University Center section of MSE 880 should also register for 1 credit of MSE 883, online
    • 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.

Online 

  • MSE 881 - STEM Education Systemic Reform. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider - Bertrand
    • This is the second course of the 3-course STEM concentration. Students will investigate STEM initiatives and programs, including individuals and organizations that have impacted the development of STEM education. The course will also explore funding, budgeting, and grant writing in relation to STEM reform. Prerequisite: MSE 880.

  • MSE 882 - STEM Integrative Curriculum Design. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider - Bertrand
    • This is the third course of the three-course STEM concentration. This course will explore integrative curriculum design and assessment. Topics will include state and national standards and analysis of existing STEM curricula and pedagogies. Prerequisite: MSE 880 and MSE 881.

  • MSE 883 - Integrative STEM Practicum. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider - Bertrand or Andrea Walker
    • Students registered in Dixon University Center MSE 880 course should register for 1 credit of MSE 883
    • In this course, students will apply and extend integrative STEM knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired through coursework to meaningful field experiences. During the Integrative STEM Education Practicum, students will develop a digital portfolio of artifacts as evidence in meeting the program competencies and as a demonstration of reflective practice. This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Co-or prerequisite: MSE 880, 881, or 882.

Fall (All Semester Long) - August 26 - December 8

  • MSE 830 - Research in Science Education: Thesis. Instructor: Kathleen Blouch
    • 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.

  • MSE 832 - Research in Science Education: Project. Instructor: Kathleen Blouch
    • 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.

Spring 1 - January 13 - March 1

Main Campus - Annville

  • MSE 803 - Principles of Chemistry - Mondays (hybrid) - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Scott Baylor
    • This hands-on 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. 

Dixon University Center - Harrisburg

  • MSE 881 - STEM Education- Wednesdays (hybrid) 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Andrea Walker
    • This is the second course of the 3-course STEM concentration. Students will investigate STEM initiatives and programs, including individuals and organizations that have impacted the development of STEM education. The course will also explore funding, budgeting, and grant writing in relation to STEM reform. Prerequisite: MSE 880.

Online 

  • MSE 880 - Intro to STEM Education. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider - Bertrand
    • 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.

  • MSE 882 - STEM Integrative Curriculum Design. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider - Bertrand
    • This is the third course of the three-course STEM concentration. This course will explore integrative curriculum design and assessment. Topics will include state and national standards and analysis of existing STEM curricula and pedagogies. Prerequisite: MSE 880 and MSE 881.

  • MSE 883-85 - Integrative STEM Practicum. Free Course. Instructor: Andrea Walker
    • In this course, students will apply and extend integrative STEM knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired through coursework to meaningful field experiences. During the Integrative STEM Education Practicum, students will develop a digital portfolio of artifacts as evidence in meeting the program competencies and as a demonstration of reflective practice. This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Co-or prerequisite: MSE 880, 881, or 882.

  • MSE 820 - STEM in the Inclusive Classroom. New Course as part of the STEM across the Discipline theme. Instructor: Dr. Shelly White
    • Children can engage in meaningful real-world STEM learning whether it is in the inclusive regular education classroom or in the special education classroom.  This course will demonstrate why all children can engage in STEM and how STEM can foster the skills that all students need. Throughout the course you will explore topics such as how executive functioning impacts student learning and how STEM fosters the development of executive functioning skills, the importance of metacognition skills in diverse learners, how you can assess the process and product for students’ with needs and explore different avenues to show learning and how you can foster collaboration with the IEP team.  You will examine your own classroom setting, develop strategies to meet your student’s needs and ways to move toward STEM centered inclusive classrooms.

Spring 2 - March 9 - April 26

Main Campus - Annville

  • MSE 820 - How Things Work - Mondays (hybrid) - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Anton Oberg
    • This course will use physics to explain some of the devices that you use routinely almost every day. These are devices that you likely have learned to use well, but you may not have understood very well how they work.  For each device that we will study we will first lay a theoretical groundwork and then do a lab where you will either construct something or make an investigation. By alternating theory and hands-on activities, you will better be able to gain an in-depth understanding of each device. The course has two main goals: 1) help you apply the scientific knowledge you already have to the world around you. 2) To increase your scientific knowledge by using your surrounding environment as an instructional tool. 

Dixon University Center - Harrisburg

  • MSE 882 - STEM Integrative Curriculum Design- Wednesdays (hybrid) 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Andrea Walker
    • This is the third course of the three-course STEM concentration. This course will explore integrative curriculum design and assessment. Topics will include state and national standards and analysis of existing STEM curricula and pedagogies. Prerequisite: MSE 880 and MSE 881.

Online 

  • MSE 881 - STEM Education Systemic Reform. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider - Bertrand
    • This is the third course of the three-course STEM concentration. This course will explore integrative curriculum design and assessment. Topics will include state and national standards and analysis of existing STEM curricula and pedagogies. Prerequisite: MSE 880 and MSE 881.

  • MSE 883-91 - Integrative STEM Practicum. Free Course. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider - Bertrand
    • In this course, students will apply and extend integrative STEM knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired through coursework to meaningful field experiences. During the Integrative STEM Education Practicum, students will develop a digital portfolio of artifacts as evidence in meeting the program competencies and as a demonstration of reflective practice. This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Co-or prerequisite: MSE 880, 881, or 882.

MSE 830 - Independent Research in Science Education: Thesis

MSE 832 - Independent Research in Science Education: Project

Course Planning and Self-Registration 

Current students can access student planning tools and self-registration through Access LVC.

*If you have any difficulties when registering for courses please contact the MSSE office immediately at stem@lvc.edu or 717-867-6190.


Additional Registration Information and Tips:

  • Registration will remain open until the day before each class begins. To add or drop a course after that date, please contact the MSSE Office.

  • As you begin each term, review the course syllabus and schedule as soon as they are available to you; if you have questions about expectations or course policies, reach out to your instructor immediately.

  • Textbook information is available through the College Store's website.

  • If, for any reason, you determine that you are unable to complete a course in which you are registered, reach out to stem@lvc.edu for assistance with the proper drop or withdrawal procedures.