MASTER OF SCIENCE EDUCATION (MSE)
Spring 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.

 

 

 

 

Spring 2015

 

 

 

 

COURSE #

TITLE, DATES, DESCRIPTION

DAY/TIME

LOCATION

INSTRUCTOR

CREDITS

MSE 800

Introduction to Science Education

 

January 12-May 7

ONLINE

 

Baylor

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 802

Principles of Chemistry

 

January 12- May 7

ONLINE

 

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 803

Principles of Physics and Physical Science

 

January 12- May 7

Tuesdays 5:30-8:30

N-G 227

Oberg

3

 

This course utilizes hands-on experimental methods to gain confidence and experience with inquiry-based learning of physics. Topics include motion, heat, light, electricity and magnetism

MSE 811

Curriculum Design  *Hybrid Course

 

January 12- May 7

Wednesdays 5:30-8:30

Specific dates TBD

N-G 212

Staff

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 820

Exploring the Diversity of Life

 

January 12- May 7

Mondays

5:30-8:30pm

N-G 130

McCurdy

3

 

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 881

STEM Education Systemic Reform*Hybrid Course

**8 Week Session

 

January 15-March 5

Meetings: 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26  from 5:30-8:30pm

N-G 212

Rider-Bertrand

3

 

This is the second course of the 3-course STEM concentration. 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.  Advanced STEM Education Credential is awarded upon successful completion of 880, 881, and 882.

MSE 882

STEM Integrative Curriculum Design *Hybrid Course

**8 Week Session

 

March 12- April 30

Meetings: 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30 from 5:30 to 8:30pm

N-G 212

Rider-Bertrand

3

 

This is the third course of the three-course STEM concentration. This course will explore integrative curriculum design and assessment. Topics will include state and national standards and analysis of existing STEM curricula and pedagogies. Advanced STEM Education Credential is awarded upon successful completion of 880, 881, and 882.

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.