MASTER OF SCIENCE EDUCATION (MSE)
Summer 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.

 

 

 

 

SUMMER 2015

 

 

 

 

COURSE #

TITLE, DATES, DESCRIPTION

DAY/TIME

LOCATION

INSTRUCTOR

CREDITS

MSE 800

Introduction to Science Education *Hybrid Course

 

June 15 to July 17

June 18, June 25,

July 9, July 16

5pm-8pm

N-G 212

Rider-Bertrand

3

 

This is an introduction to the content and methodology of science instruction as it relates to hands-on, minds-on science process skills appropriate for school classrooms. This course showcases constructivist strategies which will be used in subsequent courses.

MSE 801

Principles of Biology and Life Science

 

June 23 to July 16

Thursdays

8:30am-12:30pm

N-G 130

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 802

Principles of Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

July 6 to July 17

Monday thru Friday

9am-1pm

N-G 411

Baylor

3

 

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. Perquisite: MSE 800

 

MSE 811

Curriculum Design *Hybrid Course

 

July 6 to July 31

July 10, 24, 31

9am-3:30pm

N-G 212

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 805

Principles of Earth and Space Science *Hybrid Course

 

 

 

 

May 11 to July 3

May 19, June 2, 16, 30

5:30pm-8:30pm

N-G 130

Reed

3

 

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 connection of physics, chemistry and biology with the earth sciences.

 

 

MSE 813

Literacy in the Science Classroom *Hybrid Course

 

 

 

 

May 11 to July 3

May 12, 26, June 9, 23

5:30pm-8:30pm

N-G 212

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 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 821

STEM Business Tours

 

June 29 to July 3

Monday thru Friday

8am-5pm

Location will vary

Kensinger

3

 

Students will tour select local industries and organizations which utilize science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on a daily basis. The focus of the central PA tours will be to raise awareness of scientific applications that encompass STEM to produce or analyze a product or test samples. Students will be able to build partnerships with local industries which will enable them to connect industry directly into their classroom. Additionally, emphasis will be placed on safety and environmental concerns within the industrial setting. Students will be provided with time to query the various company representatives about specific applications to the classroom. Journal articles, reflective journals, and a culminating project are requirements of the course.

MSE 822

Forensic Science

 

July 20 to July 31

Monday thru Friday

9am- 1pm

N-G 411

Baylor

3

 

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 823

Waterways

 

June 15 to June 19

Monday thru Friday

8am-5pm

Location will vary

Silcox

3

 

This course provides students with a field-based opportunity to study and monitor various habitats in an attempt to become more aware of our water resources. Students will compare and contrast various local waterway systems and synthesize data regarding overall health and water quality.

MSE 824

Emerging Internet Technology *Hybrid Course

 

June 8 to June 19

June 8, 11, 16, 19

6-9pm

Lynch 189

Remington

3

 

This course will raise awareness and competence with ever emerging Internet technologies useful for education. Although the focus will be on science education application, students will find that these technologies can be applied in a variety of educational and personal contexts. The course will involve both instructor and student based sharing and presentations on technology.

MSE 826

Watersheds and Wetlands

 

May 14 to June 4

Overnight May 24-25: Smyrna, DE

Thursdays

6-9pm

N-G 130

Ruppert

3

Population studies, data collection, investigation, analysis, problem solving, and developing an action plan are all key to conducting citizen science. This course embraces the amazing story of the horseshoe crab in modern medicine, in the fisheries industry, in the food chain, in tourism, and its connection to a time when dinosaurs walked the earth. Students complete an overnight field trip to an estuary/saltwater marsh and complete research in the tidal wetland.

 

 

 

MSE 827

Applied Wildlife and Natural Resources

 

June 22 to June 26

Monday thru Friday

8am-5pm

Location will vary

Silcox

3

 

This course is designed to increase participants' knowledge of the birds and mammals native to Pennsylvania through the study in the classroom and the field of various wildlife habitats associated with Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and throughout the state of Pennsylvania. A primary goal will be to develop the tools and methods necessary for participants to comfortably present wildlife topics of Pennsylvania to their respective classroom. A key resource for the course will be the expertise of one of the area's wildlife specialists, who will be a co-instructor for the course. All instructional time will occur on site at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

MSE 829

Research Methods and Statistics

 

June 22 to July 23

Monday and Thursday

8am-12pm

Lynch 189

Manza

3

 

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

Seminar: POGIL for Teachers

 

August 11 to 14

Tuesday thru Thursday

8am-4pm

N-G 411

Smeltzer-Schwab

3

 

POGIL is a current pedagogical technique used at many academic levels in various courses. Research shows that students learn better from student-centered activities, and also when working in groups. This course, Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), will address both of those educational ideas. Additionally, POGIL also allows the learner to work at his/her pace as well as formulating concepts themselves based on their understanding. This course will assist you in various aspects while implementing POGIL activities into your current lesson plans.

 

MSE 820

Seminar: Addressing the T and E in STEM

 

May 11 to June 5

Monday and Wednesday

5pm-8pm

TBA

Farmer

3

 

This course is designed to empower elementary, middle school, and high school teachers 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. As well as 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. Individually and collaboratively, students will develop an understanding of technology and engineering concepts and curricula through a blend of readings, discussion, personal reflections, and hands-on experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSE 830

Independent Research in Science Education: Thesis

Register by June 30

Coryer

1-3

MSE 832

Independent Research in Science Education: Project

Register by June 30

Coryer

1-3

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