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.


GREEN SCHOOLS – BLUE WATERS SEMINAR SERIES

COURSE # AND TITLE

DATES

DESCRIPTION

MEETING DAYS AND TIME

LOCATION

CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR

MSE 820-02

STEM INVESTIGATIONS IN RECYCLING, WASTE REDUCTION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY  *Hybrid

1 credit

February 15 to March 4

In Class Session Saturday, February 20

8:30am - 11:00am - Lebanon Refuse Authority

12:00pm - 4:00pm - LVC N-G 130

Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority and LVC

Ruppert

This seminar features lessons and activities that explore the science and social studies of recycling, waste management, air quality, chemical management, building materials, and transportation.  Students will learn how to help their classes investigate waste and air quality, analyze data, explore creative solutions and apply investigations to real-world situations.  Kits and resources will be provided.

MSE 820-03

STEM INVESTIGATIONS IN WATER QUALITY AND STORMWATER  *Hybrid

1 credit

March 14 to April 1

In Class Session Saturday, March 19: 9:30am - 3:00pm

TBD

Ruppert

This seminar features lessons and activities that explore the science and social studies of water supply and water conservation. Students will learn how to help their classes investigate the impact of the water cycle on the school, community, and watershed.  They will learn how to help their classes investigate water/stormwater, analyze data, and apply investigations to real-world solutions.  Math and science resources for student-driven research will be provided. 

MSE 820-04

STEM INVESTIGATION IN SCHOOL YARD HABITATS, GARDENS, HEALTH AND NUTRITION  *Hybrid

1 credit

April 11 – May 6

In Class Session Saturday, April 16: 9:30am - 3:00pm

TBD

Ruppert

This seminar features lessons and activities that explore science, math, and health activities relating to school yard habitats, biodiversity, nutrition, and food-to-table gardens.  Students will learn how to help their classes investigate biodiversity, food, and health issues, analyze data and apply their investigations to real-world solutions.  They will map their school site, conduct inventories, explore diversity, enhance habitats, and explore opportunities for food gardens and pollinator gardens. 



SPRING 2 2016 TERM: 8 Week Courses

COURSE # AND TITLE

DATES

DESCRIPTION

MEETING DAYS AND TIME

LOCATION

CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR

MSE 820-23

PRINCIPLES OF TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING  *Hybrid Course

3 credits

8 Week Session

March 14 to May 7

In-Class Sessions March 14, April 11, 25 and May 2:

5:00pm - 8:00 pm

N-G 411

Farmer

This course will help incorporate environmental science and issues into your classroom teaching. We’ll take a three phase approach to studying the major environmental issues facing us today. The first step will be to understand the science underlying the issue. The second step will be to understand the societal and ecological facets and impacts of the issue. Finally, explore ways to incorporate this information into your classroom.

MSE 882-21

STEM INTEGRATIVE CURRICULUM DESIGN  *Hybrid

3 credits

8 Week Session

March 23 to May 4

In-Class Sessions March 23, April 6, 20 and May 4:

5:30pm - 8:00 pm

N-G 212

Rider-Bertrand

This course will explore integrative curriculum design and assessment. Topics will include state and national standards and analysis of existing STEM curricula and pedagogies.



SUMMER 2016

COURSE # AND TITLE

DATES

DESCRIPTION

MEETING DAYS AND TIME

LOCATION

CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR

MSE 826.21

WATERSHEDS AND WETLANDS

3 credits

May 16 to June 10

In-class sessions: May 19 and 26, June 2: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Overnight May 29-30

N-G 130

Ruppert

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. Includes overnight trip to Smyrna, DE May 29-30.

MSE 813-21

LITERACY IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM   *Hybrid

3 credits

May 18 to June 10

Wednesdays: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

N-G 212

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 student’s 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, 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 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 824-21

EMERGING INTERNET TECHNOLOGY               

3 credits

June 6 to June 17

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Lynch 188

Remington

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 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 827-01

APPLIED WILDLIFE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

3 credits

June 21 to August 17

Meets on-site  June 21, 22, 23, and August 16, 17:

8:00am - 5:00pm

Middlecreek Wildlife

Management Area

Silcox

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 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 821-01

STEM BUSINESS TOURS

3 credits

June 27 to July 1

Monday thru Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Location will vary

Kensinger

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 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