M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Science

 

The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Science is designed for teachers in Kindergarten through community college who want to enhance their science content knowledge and skills to increase student learning and understanding of fundamental science concepts.

An emphasis is placed on effective teaching strategies and practices that are aligned with the National Science Education Standards (NSES), and the standards of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and that address inquiry methods for teaching science. Included in this course of study is the integration of technology to enrich science learning in the Kindergarten through Grade 14 science core curriculum and virtual laboratory experiences.

The Next Cohort Start Date is November 9th

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Science Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia Portland’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Science concentration will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results.
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.
 

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in the Science program must complete:

  • Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
  • Foundation courses for the specific concentration

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Science
15 credits
EDCI 527 (3)
The Nature of Science
This course focuses on a view of science as a framework for understanding the natural world. Participants learn about the sciences as a systematic gathering of information through various forms of direct and indirect observation and the testing of this information through building and applying investigation skills. Participants also discuss the principal product of science as knowledge in the form of naturalistic concepts and the laws and theories related to those concepts. Emphasis is placed on transformational learning based in a developmental, inquiry-based approach. As teachers of science, this course also encourages active participation in the community of science and the furthering of science education.
EDCI 537 (3)
Planning for an Inquiry-Based Classroom
This course emphasizes the need for children to view themselves as scientists and, as such, to engage in raising questions, carrying out investigations, communicating methods, proposing explanations and solutions, using observation, and analyzing science practices. Emphasis is placed on the teacher as a scientist working alongside students using transformational learning steeped in a developmental, inquiry-based approach. The course will address planning for instruction, setting goals, teaching to standards, meeting curricular requirements, and teaching developmentally with a focus on student inquiry and knowledge construction as the basis for learning and teaching.
EDCI 547 (3)
Transformative Science in the Differentiated Classroom
The focus of this course is transformational learning and teaching that meets the needs of all learners through a developmental, constructivist approach. There will be an emphasis on setting up the classroom, getting to know learners, assessing learning styles and needs, differentiated teaching strategies, and providing anchor activities to solidify learning. The course will provide a plethora of practical ideas for making science a positive and transformational experience for learners and teachers alike.
EDCI 557 (3)
The Technology-Based Science Classroom
The inquiry-based science classroom is enhanced through the use of innovative technology tools and resources that are available to classroom teachers. This course will focus on the use of educational technology as a vital means to transform science education through enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in children using technology as inquiry-based learning tools in ways similar to those of practicing scientists. The use of Internet images, virtual science labs and field trips, simulations, digital microscopes and digital cameras, multimedia packages, global information systems, science computer databases and computer-based laboratories are examples of the resources studied and applied in this class.
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan and conduct their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Master of Education culminates with one of two courses
3 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action Research is the capstone project for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will complete final edits of the Literature Review, obtain appropriate permissions, implement Action Research, collect and analyze data from the Action Research implementation, and complete the Action Research Documentation Form.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.
EDGR 699 (3)
Thesis (CAPSTONE)
The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her educational research instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a Thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.

Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

Earning Your Curriculum & Instruction: Science Master's Degree Online

Using cutting-edge curriculum and easy-to-use online learning tools, Concordia University - Portland’s experienced faculty will provide you with the best in theory and practice to prepare you as an instructional leader. Concordia Portland’s five-week classes can be accessed via the Internet at the times and locations most convenient for you. Assignment submission is convenient, submission deadlines are achievable, and all requirements for a course fall within the dates stipulated for the courses.

 

Career Opportunities

  • K-14 Teacher with Science Specialty
  • Higher Education Instructor: K-14 Science Learning and Teaching
  • Consultant/Advisor in Teaching Science (K-14)
  • Professional Development (K-14), Science
  • Science Tutor
  • Program Director, Science (K-14)
  • Learning & Teaching Science (K-14) Advisor to State Legislatures/Congress
  • Curriculum Director, Science (K-14)
  • Division or Department Chair, Science (K-14)
  • Lead Grant Writer: STEM Local, State & Federal Grants (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics)

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