Education Science

Name Title Credits School
EDSC 625 Mathematics, Science, and Technology I 3.00 School of Int Stud & Education
Candidates examine an integrated approach to the teaching of national and state mathematics, science and technology (MST) standards in the context of real world problem solving. Candidates explore ten strands of mathematical study: problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, representation, number sense and operations, algebra , geometry, measurement, probability and statistics and two major strands of science study: life and physical science. Candidates incorporate constructivist and project based teaching and assessment techniques in MST lesson/unit planning and instructional projects that address the needs of diverse learners in the context of reflective practice. Field experiences are required and integrated into the course.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: Take EDPC 605 and one course in this group: EDIT 603 or EDPC 603

EDSC 626 Mathematics, Science, and Technology in Education II 3.00 School of Int Stud & Education
Candidates integrate mathematics, science, and technology with inquiry based teaching and learning aligned with national and state standards. Candidates explore issues, resources, technologies and methods to create integrated MST experiences and plan effective lessons for diverse student population. Candidate will investigate appropriate assessment strategies and the application of various technologies and web resources. Field experiences are required and integrated into the course.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: EDMA 625 or EDSC 625

EDSC 630 Teaching Middle School Life Science Using Technology - Content and Methodology 3.00 School of Int Stud & Education
Candidates will investigate details of the Living Environment examined in middle school including: foundations of scientific inquiry, diversity in science education, cell biology, genetics, molecular genetics, evolution, botany, human biology, and ecology. In addition to the content investigation, candidates will gain knowledge of and demonstrate competence with instructional techniques and methods designed to enhance the middle school science learning experience. Student centered lesson development and planning which addresses topics such as differentiation of instruction, both formative and summative assessment, and infusion of technology, will constitute a major element of the course. Candidates select a range of teaching/learning methods, media, and instructional technology that enhance and individualize activities for diverse learncrs in inclusive classrooms. Criteria, rubrics, reflective practice techniques and assessments are developed. Curriculum alignment with state and national standards and the application of curriculum design, learning theory and use of the learning technologies of the information age are focuses of the course.

EDSC 631 Teaching Middle School Physical Science Using Technology - Content and Methodology 3.00 School of Int Stud & Education
Candidates will investigate details of the Living Environment examined in middle school including: foundations of scientific inquiry, diversity in science education, cell biology, genetics, molecular genetics, evolution, botany, human biology, and ecology. In addition to the content investigation, candidates will gain knowledge of and demonstrate competence with instructional techniques and methods designed to enhance the middle school science learning experience. Student centered lesson development and planning which addresses topics such as differentiation of instruction, both formative and summative assessment, and infusion of technology, will constitute a major element of the course. Candidates select a range of teaching/learning methods, media, and instructional technology that enhance and individualize activities for diverse learncrs in inclusive classrooms. Criteria, rubrics, reflective practice techniques and assessments are developed. Curriculum alignment with state and national standards and the application of curriculum design, learning theory and use of the learning technologies of the information age are focuses of the course.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: EDSC 630

EDSC 632 Biodiversity 3.00 School of Int Stud & Education
Understanding Biodiversity is critical for the survival of the planet Earth. In this course, candidates explore the importance of biodiversity through the study of population dynamics, genetics, and the inter relatedness of living things. Candidates will use field observations and data collections to understand populations within a community and the creation of food webs. In addition, through the use of scholarly journal, candidates will examine the research being done in the field. Candidates will create lesson plans and unit plans reflecting their knowledge and utilizing inquiry based learning. The diversity of students becomes a critical issue that will be studied and considered as candidates complete this course.

EDSC 633 Understanding Space and Weather 3.00 School of Int Stud & Education
Our weather does not exist in a vacuum, but is affected by many influences. In this course, candidates learn about meteorology and how science aids in the prediction of weather. In addition, how weather impacts human existence will be studied as learn to deal with the wrath of nature. Candidates will study the creation of weather patterns and natural disasters. Because weather and space are interrelated, candidates will also examine the organization of space. By experiencing hands on science through meeting with meteorologists and other scientists, candidates will be able to chart and analyze data, understand the research being done, and use this information to develop inquiry based lessons. These lessons will reflect the diversity of students, developing resources, and integrating instructional technology. Crucial to this will be an investigation of appropriate assessment strategies. To successfully study space and weather, candidates will use scholarly journals to gain an understanding of the scientific concepts.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: EDPC 605