MASTER OF SCIENCE EDUCATION (MSE)
SUMMER 2014 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 2014

 

 

 

 

COURSE #

TITLE, DATES, DESCRIPTION

DAY/TIME

LOCATION

INSTRUCTOR

CREDITS

MSE 800

Introduction to Science Education *Hybrid Course

 

August 4 to August 15

August 4, 5, 7, 11 and 14

9am-1pm

N-G 204

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 801

Principles of Biology and Life Science

 

July 21 to August 13

Monday and Wednesday

8:30am-12:30pm

NG 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 811

Curriculum Design *Hybrid Course

 

July 18 to August 1

July 18, 25 and August 1

9am-3pm

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 821

STEM Business Tours

 

July 7 to July 11

Monday thru Friday

8am-3pm

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 21 to August 1

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 30 to July 3

Monday thru Thursday

8am-5pm

Location will vary

Kensinger

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 9 to June 20

June 9, 12, 17, and 20

6-9pm

N-G 411

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 15 to June 5

Overnight May 25-26: Smyrna, DE

Thursday

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 23 to June 27

Monday thru Friday

8am-3pm

Location will vary

Kensinger

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

***Course dates have been changed:

 

June 23 to July 24

Monday and Thursday

10am-2pm

Lynch 186

Manza and Kitchens

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 880

Introduction to STEM Education *Hybrid Course

 

June 26 to July 10

Thursday

4:30-8:30pm

N-G 212

Rider-Bertrand

3

 

This course serves as a general exploration of the disciplines and approaches to STEM education. Pedagogy, assessment, standards alignment, and trends and issues will be covered In this course.  Advanced STEM Education Credential is awarded upon successful completion of 880, 881, and 882.

MSE 881

STEM Education Systemic Reform *Hybrid Course

 

July 17 to July 31

Thursday

4:30-8:30pm

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

 

August 7 to August 21

Thursday

4:30-8:30pm

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


Fall 2014 Term begins August 25th to December 17th, 2014

FALL 2014

 

COURSE #

TITLE, DAY/TIME, DESCRIPTION

LOCATION

INSTRUCTOR

CREDITS

MSE 802

Principles of Chemistry

 

Tuesdays 5:30pm - 8:30pm

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.  Prerequisite: MSE 800.

MSE 803

Principles of Physics and Physical Science

 

Wednesdays 5:30pm - 8:30pm

NG 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 805

Principles of Earth Science

 

Fridays 5:30pm - 8:30pm

N-G 227

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

MSE 813

Literacy in the Science Classroom *Hybrid Course

 

On campus meetings: 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4

5:30pm - 8:30pm

NG 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 with 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 820

Inclusive Science Classroom

 

Online – 8 week course – 9/25 thru 10/19

Online

Hall

3

 

The purpose of this course is to explore evidence-based practices to meet the needs of diverse learners in the K-12 science classes. Federal law requires students with disabilities to have access to the general education curriculum; be educated alongside general education peers as much as possible; and progress toward core science standards assessed  in grades 4, 8, and 11 in the state of Pennsylvania (IDEA, 2004; NCLB, 2001). This course will incorporate adaptations and assistive technology into curriculum and assessment to address the National Science Education Standards and the Pennsylvania Science Standards.   

MSE 820

Biology Keystone Connections *Hybrid Course

 

Online sessions (3hr): 9/20, 10/4,  and 10/18

On campus meetings: 9/27 and 10/11

9:00am - 12:00noon

NG TBA

Feilmeier

1

 

This 1 credit seminar has been designed for the science education leaders and teachers who are interested in using the PDE SAS Portal tools and resources to strengthen their local standards aligned biology education systems.  A complete alignment inventory of your current biology written curriculum and local summative assessments will occur.  Best practices in biology instruction and remediate strategies will be explored.   

MSE 829

Research Methods and Statistics

 

Mondays 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Lynch 186

Manza, Kitchens

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 880

Introduction to STEM Education

 

On campus meetings: 8/28, 9/25, 10/23, 11/20, 12/11

5:30pm - 8:30pm

N-G 212

Rider-Bertrand

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.  Prerequisite: MSE 800.

MSE 830

Independent Research in Science Education: Thesis

Register by September 1

Coryer

1-3

MSE 832

Independent Research in Science Education: Project

Register by September 1

Coryer

1-3

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


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To view the course schedules in AccessLVC:

View the schedule of courses offered in the Master of Science Education Program at Lebanon Valley College. Students must be admitted to the MSE Program or obtain prior approval before registering.

Instructions:

  • Select the "Term". Please note that MSE online courses are listed as "Non-Term"; all other MSE courses are under the respective "Term".
  • Under "Subjects", select "Master of Science Education".
  • Select "Submit".

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