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Online Courses:
The Graduate Program of the Education Department will be teaching a variety of courses online during the upcoming semesters. Would you like more information about which courses will be online and when? Contact the Science Education Director, Dr. Bruce Smith for more information.

 

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Science Concentration Courses - 12 semester hours
Course selection is to be made from the following:

blue bullet ED 403: FIELD EXPERIENCE AND METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION 3 s.h.

Focuses on methods used to teach environmental knowledge, concepts, and concerns, including the history and research in environmental education. Examines the relationship of all curriculum areas to environmental education. May be taken for graduate credit with the approval of the Education Department chair and the instructor.

 

blue bullet ED 534: WORKSHOP IN EDUCATION 3 s.h.

Provides opportunities for in-service teachers to encounter new ideas, knowledge, and methods in meeting problems in today’s schools. Prerequisite: Teaching experience in the elementary or secondary schools.

 

blue bullet ED 599: SPECIAL TOPICS IN EDUCATION 1-3 s.h.

Examines current topics and issues in education. Topics, announced in advance, focus on the needs and interests of educators.

 

blue bullet SCED 502: INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES AND PROCESS APPROACH TO MODERN SCIENCE CURRICULA 3 s.h.

Enables elementary, middle, and junior high school teachers to use investigative techniques and the process approach in their own classrooms. Investigative techniques focus on developing skills in science processes such as observing, classifying, formulating hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and designing experiments. Includes experiences with modern elementary and junior high school science curricula. Two lecture and two lab hours. Fall, annually.

 

blue bullet SCED 503: SPECIAL TOPICS OF SCIENCE EDUCATION 1-4 s.h.

Studies of topical material under the guidance of the instructor. Maximum credit allowable toward graduation: 9 credits. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the student’s graduate committee. On demand.

 

blue bullet SCED 505: INVESTIGATION IN THE SCIENCES 3 s.h.

Presents a survey of types of investigations. Emphasizes typical investigations which may be used as models for classroom use. Students will experiment with published experiments within their discipline and at the appropriate grade level as well as design their own. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Fall, even-numbered years.

 

blue bullet SCED 538: SCIENCE CURRICULUM 3 s.h.

This course is designed to come late in the program when the student will have an adequate background for discussions centered around the various approaches to the teaching of science in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. A study of the principles of curriculum construction, including curriculum origins, goals, objectives, scope and sequence, and evaluation. Spring, annually.

 

blue bullet SCED 570: LOCAL SCHOOL CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN SCIENCE 3 s.h.

Assists individual or groups of teachers with sufficient science background to develop, improve, or implement science curricula for the elementary and secondary schools. Focuses on the production of curricular materials for actual use and evaluation. Permission of instructor. Each semester. May be repeated (as topics vary) for nine credits.

 

blue bullet SCED 574: SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS 2 s.h.

Helps elementary teachers identify, select, and integrate science courseware appropriate for implementation into existing elementary school science curricula. Participants use exemplary science courseware to introduce, enhance, and reinforce related hands-on science activities. The culminating project for this course is the presentation of action research findings related to the relationships between microcomputers and hands-on elementary school science. On demand. Permission of instructor required.

blue bullet SCED 576: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY: TOPICS FOR TEACHERS 3 s.h.

Interdisciplinary course covering topics in biology, earth science, chemistry, and physics designed to acquaint students with information, curricula, and teaching methodologies appropriate for teaching STS topics in traditional science courses. Students will be involved in studies and hands-on activities concerning science computer software, testing water for chemical and biological agents, and remote sensing techniques in geology, geography, physics, and medicine. Investigates and discusses ethical issues and scientific principles concerning computers, energy, nuclear waste, biotechnology, and others, will be investigated and discussed. Participants develop curriculum activities for implementation in their science discipline. Required for environmental biology, general science, and earth science certification.

blue bullet Additional courses as approved by advisor.