MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science

The MEd 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 Start Date is October 9th

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science online degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress in relation to Oregon's Common Core State Standards and specific district standards
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students
  • An understanding of the ways that the specific curricular/instructional area has the potential to be responsive to classroom diversity
  • A clear understanding of the moral leadership required of them as advanced scholars in the chosen area of curriculum and instruction
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results

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

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits
EDGR 502 (3)
Developing Character Through the Curriculum

This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.

EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought

Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.

*This course is offered in a seminar format online, which consists of three one-week (1 credit) courses that are taken throughout the program.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Science
12 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 learners 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 modeling the Scientific Method to fledgling scientists, 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 teaching and learning.
EDCI 547 (3)
Transformative Science in the Differentiated Classroom
The focus of this course is to teach science using transformational teaching and learning strategies that are focused on meeting the needs of all learners through a developmental, constructivist approach. There will be an emphasis on differentiation in all aspects of the learning environment: setting up the classroom, getting to know the learners, assessing learning styles and needs, differentiating teaching strategies, the iterative process and providing personalized anchor activities to solidify learning. The course will provide a plethora of practical ideas for making science a positive and transformational experience for teachers and learners 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.

Research Course 1
3 credits
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 their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

Research Course 2
3 credits
The Master of Education culminates with one of three additional research courses:

Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:
EDGR 696 (3)
Practitioner Inquiry

Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the reflective acts of the candidate as an educator seeking to improve teaching practice. Premised in the self-study research methodological traditions (Samaras, 2011), Practitioner Inquiry provides the opportunity to reflect on teaching practice and generate improvements based on classroom observation. Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the educator and her/his own practices, developing skills of inquiry, observation, reflection, and action in teachers. Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research

EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research

Action research is one of the capstone projects for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. (During this course, the proposal will NOT be implemented with students/participants.)
This design provides students with the requisite skills and means to pursue the transformative practice called "Action Research" in their classroom, school, district or other work environment. The design method for the capstone project closely aligns with current classroom realities, with district and school requirements, and the needs of teachers and students.

EDGR 699 (3)

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 thesis instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.

Any of the above options provide 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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