MASTER OF SCIENCE EDUCATION (MSE)
Spring 2016 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 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 #, DATES, DESCRIPTION

TITLE, DAY/TIME, LOCATION

LOCATION

INSTRUCTOR

CREDITS

MSE 820-01

Seminar: STEM Investigations in Energy Science and Social Studies

*Hybrid Course

January 18 – February 5

In Class Session:  Saturday, January 23

9:30 – 3:00 pm

Londonderry School, Harrisburg

E. Ruppert

1

This seminar features lessons and activities that explore the science and social studies of energy.  Students will learn how to help their classes investigate energy, analyze data and apply to real-world solutions.   They will explore energy saving practices and how to apply them to their schools. Energy kits and resources will be provided by the Department of Environmental Protection (KEEP), Project Learning Tree, and others.

MSE 820-02

Seminar: STEM Investigations in Recycling, Waste Reduction, and Environmental Quality

*Hybrid Course

February 15 – March 4

In Class Session:  Saturday, February 20

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

12:00 – 4:00 pm - LVC N-G 130

Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority and LVC

E. Ruppert

1

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

Seminar: STEM Investigations in Water Quality and Stormwater

*Hybrid Course

March 14 – April 1

In Class Session:  Saturday, March 19

9:30 – 3:00 pm

TBD

E. Ruppert

1

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

Seminar:  STEM Investigation in School Yard Habitats, Gardens, Health and Nutrition

*Hybrid Course

April 11 – May 6

In Class Session:  Saturday, April 16

9:30 – 3:00 pm

TBD

E. Ruppert

1

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 1 TERM: 8-WEEK COURSES

COURSE #, DATES, DESCRIPTION

TITLE, DAY/TIME

 LOCATION

INSTRUCTOR

CREDITS

MSE 820-22

Seminar: Contemp. Environmental Issue *Hybrid Course

8 Week Session

January 18 to March 12

In-Class Sessions:  1/18; 2/1;  2/15; 2/29; 3/7

Monday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

N-G 212

G. Czarnecki

3

This course will help you 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, we’ll explore ways to incorporate this information into your classroom.

MSE 829-21

Research Methods & Statistics

8 Week Session

January 18 to March 12

Tuesday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

LYN 189

L. 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 881-21

STEM Education Systemic Reform  *Hybrid Course

8 Week Session

January 18 to March 9

In-Class Sessions:  1/27; 2/10; 2/24; 3/9

Wednesday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

N-G 212

J. Rider-Bertrand

3

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.  Prerequisite: MSE 880.


SPRING 2 TERM: 8-WEEK COURSES

COURSE #, DATES, DESCRIPTION

TITLE, DAY/TIME

LOCATION

INSTRUCTOR

CREDITS

MSE 820-23

Seminar:  Principles of Technology & Engineering  *Hybrid Course

8 Week Session

March 14 to May 7

In-Class Session:  3/14; 4/11; 4/25; 5/2

Monday 5:00 – 8:00 pm

N-G 411

S. Farmer

3

This course is designed to empower elementary, middle school, and high school teachers to properly address technological and engineering concepts within STEM.  Participants will develop an understanding of technology and engineering concepts and curricula through a blend of readings, discussion, personal reflections, and hands-on experiences.  The output of this course will be to create an individualized STEM activity based on the participants' needs, an examination of state and national standards to technology and engineering, the scope and nature of technology, the process of engineering, and the application of the engineering design process.

MSE 882-21

STEM Integrative Curriculum Design  *Hybrid

8 Week Session

March 23 to May 4

In-Class Session:  3/23; 4/6; 4/20; 5/4

Wednesday, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

N-G 212

J. Rider-Bertrand

3

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


SPRING 1 TERM: 16-WEEK COURSES

COURSE #, DATES, DESCRIPTION

TITLE

INSTRUCTOR

CREDITS

MSE 802-91

Principles of Chemistry

January 18 to May 12

Online

J. Sandoe

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. 

MSE 820-21

Seminar:  Integrative STEM Education Practicum

January 18 to May 12

C. Coryer

1-3

This course is designed as an opportunity for educators who wish to be considered for PDE Integrative STEM Endorsement candidacy to apply and extend Integrative STEM knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired through coursework to meaningful field experiences.  During the Integrative STEM Education Practicum, candidates for the Endorsement will develop a digital portfolio of artifacts as evidence in meeting the program competencies and as demonstration of reflective practice.  Must have prior approval.

MSE 830-01

Research in Science Education:  Thesis

January 18 to May 12

C. Coryer

1-3

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. Prerequisite: MSE 829.

MSE 832-01

Research in Science Education:  Project

January 18 to May 12

C. Coryer

1-3

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.