Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Science Education
A survey of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designed to introduce students to educational research. This course will include research design, literature review, critiquing research, and action research.
Advanced study in the specialization of life‐span development theories to human behavior, learning and cognition. Includes specific models of cognition and relevant research. This course includes the nature of needs of people at all developmental levels from prenatal through old age.
An introduction to basic concepts, techniques and issues in assessment of student learning and learning environments.
This course examines approaches in developing, implementing and evaluating curricula. Principles and practices in the production and use of curriculum frameworks, guides, textbooks, technologies and other curriculum materials will be included.
Analyzing historical and sociocultural forces of education with regard to education through philosophical, sociological, historical and anthropological perspectives.
The course covers multiple topics in science education related to science content and pedagogy which may include inquiry and didactic models of science instruction, interdisciplinary approaches, and laboratory/field methods, Technology and field work is required.
Supervised project in science education that will include design of an original project and the writing of a formal report in an acceptable publication format. This course is usually taken during the last semester of study and is taken only by non‐thesis students.
In this course students will critically appraise the various functions of laboratory investigation in science classrooms. Students will design, test, and refine new and original laboratory and field investigations that incorporate data collection technologies, inquiry approaches, and informal learning opportunities. Fieldwork may be required.
This course helps students design curriculum, instruction, and assessments that address ways to teach authentic science in the classroom. The goal is for students to develop scientific research projects that can be implemented in the classroom. The course will include a field mentorship component.
Individual project in science education research design, and assessment in response to student needs, interests and faculty expertise. Course may be repeated once for credit with approval of the student's advisor.