MASTER OF SCIENCE EDUCATION (MSE)
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 educator interested in science and STEM education.
Credits may be applied towards the Master Degree, Masters Plus, as well as ACT 48 credits.

 

SUMMER 2016

COURSE # AND TITLE

DATES

DESCRIPTION

MEETING DAYS AND TIME

LOCATION

CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR

MSE 829-01

RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS

3 credits

June 21 to July 21

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Lynch 189

Manza

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 820-03

DIVERSITY OF LIFE

3 credits

June 20 to July 15

In-class Sessions June 21, 23,  28, 30, and July 6, 8, 12, 14

8:30am - 12:30pm

N-G 130

McCurdy

The purpose of this course is to study the classification and characteristics of organisms within the three domains of life. Students will engage in hands-on and inquiry based activities using live and preserved specimens to explore the diversity of life on Earth.

MSE 820-02

PRINCIPLES OF MATHEMATICS  *Hybrid

3 credits

June 27 to July 25

Mondays: 9:00am - 3:00pm

N-G 212

Rice

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 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 Common Core eligible content. 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 802-01

PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY

3 credits

July 11 to July 22

Monday thru Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

N-G 411

Baylor

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.  

MSE 811-01

CURRICULUM DESIGN  *Hybrid

3 credits

July 11 to August 5

In-Class Sessions July 15, 29, August 5: 9:00am - 3:00 pm

N-G 212

Feilmeier

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

HANDS-ON APPROACH PHYSICS

3 credits

July 25 to August 5

Monday thru Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

N-G 211

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.

MSE 822-01

FORENSIC SCIENCE

3 credits

August 1 to August 12

Monday thru Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

N-G 411

Baylor

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 are incorporated into this project-based course.

MSE 830

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN SCIENCE EDUCATION: THESIS

1-3 credits

Register by June 30

MSE 832

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN SCIENCE EDUCATION: PROJECT

1-3 credits

Register by June 30

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

FALL 1 TERM: 8-Week Courses

COURSE # AND TITLE

DATES

DESCRIPTION

MEETING DAYS AND TIME

LOCATION

CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR

MSE 807

PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

3 credits

8 Week Session

August 29 to October 12

*Hybrid  8/31, 9/14, 9,28, 10/12

Wednesday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

N-G 411

Farmer

This course is designed to empower K-12 educators, administrators, and informal educators to properly address engineering concepts within STEM. This includes an introduction to the curricular nature and signature pedagogies unique to engineering, technology, and the engineering design process. This course will also include an examination of state and national standards to technology and engineering education, an investigation of related political, global, and economic trends and issues, and a review of technology and engineering education research.

MSE 813

LITERACY IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM

3 credits

8 Week Session

August 29 to October 12

Online

Online

Reed

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.).

 

 

FALL 2 TERM: 8-Week Courses

COURSE # AND TITLE

DATES

DESCRIPTION

MEETING DAYS AND TIME

LOCATION

CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR

MSE 880

INTRODUCTION TO STEM EDUCATION       

3 credits

8 Week Session

October 26 to December 14

*Hybrid  10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7

Wednesday 5:30 – 8:30 pm

N-G 312

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 883

SEMINAR:  INTEGRATIVE STEM EDUCATION PRACTICUM

1-3 credits

8 Week Session

October 26 to December 14

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Coryer

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 demonstration of reflective practice.  Must have prior approval.

 

 

FALL TERM: 16-Week Courses

COURSE # AND TITLE

DATES

DESCRIPTION

MEETING DAYS AND TIME

LOCATION

CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR

MSE 801

PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY AND LIFE SCIENCE

3 credits

August 29 to December 16

Monday 6:00-9:00 PM

N-G 130

McCurdy

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 829

RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS        

3 credits

August 29 to December 16

*Hybrid  9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8 Thursday 6:00-9:00 PM

LYN 182

Berger-Knorr

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 830

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN SCIENCE EDUCATION: THESIS

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.

MSE 832

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN SCIENCE EDUCATION: PROJECT

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.

 

 

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