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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:

Summer 2: July 6 to August 23

*Note: This schedule is subject to change, please check frequently for updated information*


Integrative STEM Certificate Courses

Fully Online

  • MSE 880 - Intro to STEM Education. Instructor: Dr. Joey Rider-Bertrand. 3 Credits.
    • 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. Taking one credit of MSE 883 is also recommended.

  • MSE 882 - STEM Integrative Curriculum Design. Instructor: Andrea Walker. 3 Credits.
    • 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 883 - Integrative STEM Practicum. Free Course. 1-3 Credit.
    • 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.

Masters of STEM Principles and Elective Courses

Fully Online

  • EDU 841.91 Delivering Effective Online Learning. Instructor: Dr. Joyce Good. 3 Credit Elective.
    • This course will examine methods for delivering online instruction in various environments with a focus on synchronous learning. Participants will review the teacher effectiveness model of supervision and evaluate the model regarding online delivery. The course will focus on planning live instruction that encourages learner participation, application, interaction, and collaboration. Participants will examine how to set clear expectations, professionally deliver instruction, and provide meaningful feedback. The course will include components on how to differentiate synchronous instruction to meet all learners’ needs. Participants will be able to articulate when and why synchronous learning is the most effective delivery of the content.
  • MSE 820.05 - Cross-Cutting Concepts in Science. Instructor: Andrea Walker. 3 Credit Elective/or Principle.
    • There are overarching themes that cross all disciplines and provide a lens to examine the content. Using the crosscutting concepts found in the Next Generation Standards (Energy, Systems, Change) teachers will explore disciplinary core ideas through the use of science and engineering practices and an examination of learning progressions in the K-12 curriculum. This course is designed to help you integrate and connect science concepts around these large themes and help you see the connections and relationships in science. Join us this summer as the big picture of science unfolds before you.

  • MSE 820.08 - STEM for the Elementary Classroom: Teaching STEM using Online Technologies, Tools, and e-learning Resources. Instructor: Tyler Frantz. 3 Credit Elective. 
    • This course will examine field-proven STEM pedagogies and best practices for utilizing online learning resources in both the remote and traditional classroom settings. Students will leave with a deeper understanding of available instructional technologies to promote STEM thinking and develop authentic projects for use within their own classrooms, whatever the subject may be.
  • MSE 820.09 - Public Health for K-12 Curriculum. Instructors: Dr. Kathleen Blouch and Kathleen Mahoney. 3 Credit Elective/or Principle.
    • Explore the public health initiatives that affect people every day in every part of the world.  The course examines broad issues that affect the health and well-being of students, families, communities, populations, and society. This hands-on course will utilize resources from the Center for Disease Control to learn how to teach epidemiology and public health sciences and to promote student interest in public health careers. NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned lessons and resources will be used to teach the set of skills and abilities that students should be able to demonstrate.   Scientific and Engineering practices and Habits of mind will be emphasized. Controversy, Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning will be practiced through case studies. Areas of focus include epidemiology, surveillance, prevention effectiveness, public health, and health laboratories.
  • MSE 820.10 - Teaching STEM online: Makerspaces- Yes it can be done! Instructor: Scott Farmer. 3 Credits Elective. 
    • This course is designed to provide K-12 educators with the training needed to incorporate makerspaces into their own curriculum. Enrolled participants will have the opportunity to learn various makerspace technologies through multiple hands-on experiences.

  • MSE 822 - Forensic Science. Instructor: Scott Baylor. 3 Credit Elective.
    • In this course, students will read, research, hypothesize, interview, compute, and use deductive reasoning to propose solutions to crimes in an effort to develop hands-on, inquiry-based lessons for their K-12 students. Students will use forensic techniques such as lifting and inking fingerprints, shoe casting, and bite identification. Science, English, and Math Standards will be incorporated into this project-based course.

  • MSE 829 - Research Methods. Instructor: Dr. Ann Berger-Knorr. 3 Credit Core Requirement.
    • 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 the 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.

  • MME 890.91 STEAM in the Elementary Music Classroom. Instructor: Amy M. Burns. 3 Credit Core Requirement.
    • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) has been a popular education "buzzword" for years. Many elementary music educators are expected to integrate STEAM into their music classes. However, it is important to think of STEAM as a philosophy to enhance the learning of music. This course will feature several STEAM projects involving project-based learning (PBL) and design thinking incorporated into elementary music approaches such as Kodály, Orff Schulwerk, and Feierabend's First Steps in Music. Amy Burns, who has taught elementary general music for over twenty years, will showcase lessons, materials, and student examples from her classroom.

    • This course will cover the following:

      • Integrating the philosophy of STEAM into the elementary music classroom while keeping music the main focus of the lesson.

      • Building a list of STEAM and music resources to utilize throughout the school year.

      • Incorporating coding, podcasting, composing, performing, creating, and more.

      • Developing lessons and activities that involve integrating STEAM, PBL, and design thinking.

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Fall 1 : August 24 to October 11

Integrative STEM Certificate Courses

Fully Online 

  • MSE 881 - STEM Education Systemic Reform. Instructor: Dr. Joey Bertrand- Rider.
    • 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.
  • MSE 883 - Integrative STEM Practicum. Free Course.
    • 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.

Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Courses

  • EDU 840 - Introduction to Designing Online Environment. Instructor: Dr. Joyce Good. 3 Credit Elective/Principles Course. Fully Online. Also counts as MSSE Elective or Principles Course.
    • This project-based course will introduce participants to various aspects of online learning environments with a focus on asynchronous learning. Learners will investigate standards, instructional best practices, and online design techniques to build an environment that creates a sense of community and encourages collaboration and engagement. The course will include a focus on how to differentiate instruction to meet all learners’ needs in an asynchronous manner of delivery. Participants will clearly convey how instructional practices, relevant skills, and competencies inform their online program design and be able to communicate where and when online learning techniques can enhance traditional instructional models.

Fall 2: October 19 to December 6

*Note: Face to face classes end November 24.

Integrative STEM Certificate Courses

On-Campus 

  • MSE 880 - Intro to STEM Education. Instructor: Dr. Joey Bertrand- Rider. 3 Credit/Hybrid
    • 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. It is recommended you also take 1 credit of MSE 883. Tuesday evenings.

Fully Online

  • MSE 882 - STEM Integrative Curriculum Design. Instructor: Dr. Joey Bertrand- Rider. 3 Credit.
    • 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 883 - Integrative STEM Practicum. Free Course. 1-3 Credit.
    • 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

Dixon Center Harrisburg

  • MSE 880 - Intro to STEM Education. Instructor: Andrea Walker  3 Credit/Hybrid.
    • 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. It is recommended you also take 1 credit of MSE 883. Wednesday evenings.

Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Courses

  • EDU 841.01 -Delivering Effective Online Instruction. Instructor: Dr. Joyce Good. 3 Credit Elective. Fully Online. Also counts as MSSE Elective or Principles Course.
    • This course will examine methods for delivering online instruction in various environments with a focus on synchronous learning. Participants will review the Teacher Effectiveness Model of Supervision and evaluate the model about aspects of online delivery. The course will focus on planning live instruction that encourages learners’ active participation, application, interaction, and collaboration. Participants will explore setting clear expectations, professionally delivering instruction, and providing meaningful feedback. The course will include components on how to differentiate synchronous instruction to meet all learners’ needs. Participants will be able to articulate when and why synchronous learning is the most effective delivery of the content.

Masters of STEM Principles and Elective Courses

On-Campus

  • MSE 820 - Instructional Strategies for the Mathematics Classroom. Instructor: Ed Gooch. 3 Credit Elective or/Principles Course, Hybrid. Three Wednesdays 5–8 p.m. (10/28, 11/1 at LVC and 12/2 via Zoom)
    • This course is designed for both formal and informal K-12 educators and administrators as a rich and deep inquiry into overarching instructional strategies for the mathematics classroom. The course will include mathematical concepts and big ideas that are developed through collaborative learning experiences and opportunities for self-reflection and analysis of current practice leading to lesson design/application of studied strategies. Educators will have the opportunity to explore the use: productive struggle, rich mathematical tasks, error analysis/misconceptions, and math workshop. An emphasis will also be placed on the concept of growth mindset and pathways that lead to equity in mathematics education.

Intermediate Unit #13

  • MSE 820 - Three-Dimensional Learning and phenomenon-based Instruction Using Next Generation Science Standards. Instructor: Dr. Lauren Beale. 3 Credit Elective, Hybrid. Thursday evenings.
    • How do we tap into student curiosity and wonder to develop authentic STEM learning opportunities? In this hands-on course, participants will learn about three-dimensional learning using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Rooted in inquiry practices, this course will explore how the use of phenomenon-based instruction aids in student discovery. Participants will utilize a 5E model for lesson planning to incorporate the course content into the development of authentic learning opportunities for students.


  • MSE 832 - Independent Research in Science Education. Instructor: Dr. Kathy Blouch. 1-3 Credits.
    • 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.

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.