2013 Cohort - Science Education (MA)

Tentative course schedule

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Summer 2013

SCI ED 6700 The History, Philosophy and Nature of Science -- 2 unit(s)

Examination of the nature of science and major philosophical developments of science throughout history and the implications to the science classroom.

XXXX Content/elective coursework

-- 4-5 unit(s)
Contact the program coordinator for course options.

Fall 2013

SCI ED 6900 Trends and Issues in Science Education -- 2 unit(s)

Major trends and issues in science education, focusing primarily on science education from the 1950s to present.

SCI ED 5500 Techniques for Science Teachers

Spectrum of options to help science teachers improve their teaching. Topics may include teaching strategies, laboratory techniques or learning psychologies that apply to teaching various science disciplines and age levels. Topic listed in Schedule of Classes. Application to major requires advisor approval. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of instructor.

-- 1 unit(s)

Spring 2014

SCI ED 6500 Research Methods in Science Education -- 3 unit(s)

Introduction to qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research used in science education. Emphasis on and critical analysis of primary literature. Application of literature review, research design, data analysis and writing styles to graduate projects.

Course details

Summer 2014

SCI ED 6800 Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education -- 2 unit(s)

Survey of learning theories from behaviorism to constructivism and the way those theories are translated into practice through various pedagogies. Prerequisite(s): EDPSYCH 3148 or equivalent.

Course details and enrollment information

XXXX Content/elective coursework

-- 4-5 unit(s)

Fall 2014

SCI ED 6600 Developing Science Curricula -- 2 unit(s)

Analysis and design of science curricula, with attention to articulation K-12. Prerequisite(s): SCI ED 3300/SCI ED 5300 or equivalent.

SCI ED 5500 Techniques for Science Teachers

Spectrum of options to help science teachers improve their teaching. Topics may include teaching strategies, laboratory techniques or learning psychologies that apply to teaching various science disciplines and age levels. Topic listed in Schedule of Classes. Application to major requires advisor approval. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of instructor.

-- 1 unit(s)

Spring 2015

SCI ED 6299 Research

Conduct supervised research on selected topic(s).

-- 3 unit(s)
To be completed Spring/Summer/Fall 2015

XXXX Content/elective coursework

-- 6-8 unit(s)
To be completed Spring/Summer/Fall 2015

Summer 2015

Continue with research/elective coursework as needed

Fall 2015

Continue with research/elective coursework as needed

* Please note the number of units from this listed program will vary depending on allowable transfer credit. Up to 10 units of credit may be accepted as transfer credit. MA students may pursue either a thesis or non-thesis option. Research hours (six or three respectively) may be taken at various times and increments (i.e., 1 unit of credit at at time) after completion of the five core courses in the sequence, and can be taken at a distance without coming to campus.

Convenient format and delivery

Designed for in-service teachers, the program format and schedule provides the convenience and flexibility to fit into your busy life. Using a cohort model, groups of students will move through the coursework together over a two- to three-year period.

Distance education
Courses in this program are offered via interactive video conferencing methods, with core classes scheduled Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., and SCI ED 5500 running from 5 to 6 p.m. or 8 to 9 p.m. Additionally, coursework may be offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. Both technologies require high-speed Internet access and a web browser. While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.

Personal interactions
Core courses also use a blended delivery approach, with required in-person instruction at least once per course (weekends in the fall and spring, variable days in the summer). Elective courses during the summers may also require attendance on campus, and a required orientation session is scheduled on the UNI campus in the summer of 2013.

Services and support

Support services such as access to the UNI Rod Library, UNI Financial Aid and technical assistance will be readily available.