Science Education Course Descriptions

Core Courses

EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3)

*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course examines the social, historical and philosophical foundations of American education. It explores the relationship between school and society, the development of the U.S. educational system from its inception to the present, and the philosophical questions that guide educational thought and practice. Students apply these philosophical questions to a variety of contemporary situations, including theories of learning and educational policies. 

EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (3)

*Cross Ref: EDGCI 527
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course is designed to address the assessment and evaluation of student progress toward meeting targeted standards, learning objectives and competencies. The development of interpretive skills across learning objectives will be stressed. Topics addressed include: standards-based assessment, standardized tests and interpreting their results, performance assessment, portfolio assessment, self-evaluation and dissemination of assessment results. 

EDGCC 513: Educational Research, Design and Development (3)

*Cross Ref: All sections of 513
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course initiates the graduate study research requirement. Course content differentiates the foundational assumptions, elements, methods and designs of educational research through both qualitative and quantitative paradigms. A statement of original research inquiry, a literature review and a plan for investigating a research problem are developed. 

EDGCC 514: Scholarship of Teaching: Finalizing the Inquiry Process (3)

*Prerequisite: EDGCC 513
*Offered as needed
This course is designed to guide and assist graduate students in the completion of the graduate research study. Students receive guidance in the collection and interpretation of data. Dissemination of research findings to peers, the educational community, and other relevant audiences is required. 

Required Coursework

EDGCI 521: Principles of Curriculum and Instructional Methods (3)

*Offered according to cohort schedule
The goal of this course is to provide a forum for educators to examine their beliefs, ideas and practices about curriculum and instruction. Much of the course will involve comparing the beliefs, ideas and practices of professional educators and instructional theorists related to the following fundamental questions of schooling: 1) How do children learn? 2) How should we teach? 3) What knowledge is of most worth? 4) how should subject matter be organized 5) How should we access what children know and understand?

EDGCI 522: Curriculum Integration of Educational Technology (3)

*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course is designed to introduce practical and theoretical integration of technology into the P-12 curriculum, with an emphasis on content-appropriate planning, teaching, assessment and management strategies, evaluation of educational technology tools and the design of technology-enhanced environments for new teaching and learning roles. 

EDGES 520: Teaching Molecular Science Concepts (3)

*Offered as needed
This course will explore methods for teaching molecular concepts in science. The class will concentrate on methodology for developing critical thinking, conceptual understanding, problem solving and data organization and analysis. 

EDGES 521: Teaching Physical Science Concepts (3)

*Offered as needed
This course will explore methods for teaching physical science concepts in science. The class will concentrate on methodology for developing critical thinking, conceptual understanding, problem solving and data organization and analysis.

EDGES 522: Teaching Ethical Issues in Science (3)

*Offered as needed
This course will explore contemporary ethical issues in science. Students will develop thoughtful positions as they weigh benefits and harms of complex ethical issues in science. 

EDGES 523: Alternative Energy Issues for the 21st Century (3)

*Offered as needed
This course will explore contemporary issues regarding non-renewable and renewable alternative energy resources in science. Students will develop thoughtful positions as they weigh strengths and weaknesses of complex energy issues in science for the 21st Century.

EDGCC 550: Literacy in the Content Area (3)

*Offered as needed
*NOTE: This course does not meet requirements for candidates in the graduate reading program
This course focuses on methods and materials used to teach literacy in the content areas. Includes selection and differentiation of instructional approaches to meet students' literacy needs in the specific disciplines. Emphasizes vocabulary, comprehension, writing, motivation and critical thinking.

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