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STEM Education.

M.Ed. Degree in STEM Education

Master of Educaton (M.Ed.) in STEM Education

The Graduate Program in Middle and Secondary STEM Education

The graduate program at Catawba College is built upon the strengths of the undergraduate curriculum. The Master of Education Program in Science or Mathematics (with emphasis in STEM), designed for practicing teachers with “A” licensure in middle grades mathematics, middle grades science, secondary mathematics, or secondary comprehensive science, is based upon the recognition that a strong academic background is a vital part of a teacher’s preparation. The graduate program is designed to provide the practicing licensed teacher with advanced work in content along with a further development of professional knowledge and skills.

In addition to the College being regionally accredited, the Department of Teacher Education at Catawba College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers the initial licensure and M.Ed. programs at Catawba College. 

Curriculum

Required Courses for M.Ed. in STEM Education
Required Courses for M.Ed. in STEM Education

The program in STEM Education is designed to meet the needs of the middle and secondary mathematics and science classroom teacher. The student successfully fulfilling the program requirements will qualify for North Carolina licensure at the Advanced level in the areas of middle grades mathematics, middle grades science, secondary mathematics, or secondary comprehensive science.

Candidates must complete 33 semester hours of coursework:

EDUC 5102 School Curriculum

3

EDUC 5103 Research Methods for the Classroom Teacher

3

EDUC 5113 Advanced Technology Applications for Teachers I

3

EDUC 5114 Advanced Technology Applications for Teachers II

3

EDUC 5115 Multiliteracies in STEM for Teachers

3

EDUC 5127 Graduate Capstone and Teacher Leadership

3

EDUC 5703 Summer Internship (or Elective)

3

 

21

Middle Grades Mathematics (M.Ed.)

 

STEM Core

21

EDUC 5119 Action Research I: Middle Grades Mathematics

3

EDUC 5120 Action Research II: Middle Grades Mathematics

3

EDUC 5503 Integrated Mathematics for Classroom Teachers

3

EDUC 5504 Mathematics as an Interdisciplinary Topic

3

 

33

Middle Grades Science (M.Ed.)

 

STEM Core

21

EDUC 5123 Action Research I: Middle Grades Science

3

EDUC 5124 Action Research II: Middle Grades Science

3

EDUC 5603 Investigations in Physical Science

3

EDUC 5604 Investigations in Biology and Environmental Science

3

 

33

Mathematics (M.Ed.)

 

STEM Core

21

EDUC 5121 Action Research I: Secondary Mathematics

3

EDUC 5122 Action Research II: Secondary Mathematics

3

EDUC 5503 Integrated Mathematics for Classroom Teachers

3

EDUC 5504 Mathematics as an Interdisciplinary Topic

3

 

33

Comprehensive Science (M.Ed.)

 

STEM Core

21

EDUC 5125 Action Research I: Secondary Science

3

EDUC 5126 Action Research II: Secondary Science

3

EDUC 5603 Investigations in Physical Science

3

EDUC 5604 Investigations in Biology and Environmental Science

3

 

33

*National Board Certification in the areas of Mathematics or Science Early Adolescence or Adolescence and Young Adulthood may be substituted for one elective course.

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

STEM Education Courses

EDUC 5102 SCHOOL CURRICULUM (3 hours)
A study of curricular and instructional principles, processes, and designs. Particular emphases will be current and emerging curricular trends and professional leadership in the development of learning communities.

EDUC 5103 RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER (3 hours)
An introduction to quantitative and qualitative approaches to educational research, including data analysis, interpretation, and application of findings. Particular emphasis will be given to the design and implementation of teacher-designed classroom research.

EDUC 5113 ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS FOR TEACHERS I (3 hours)
An introduction to modern educational technologies and their applications for enhancing instruction, assessment, and professional practice. 

EDUC 5114 ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS FOR TEACHERS II (3 hours)
An overview of the integration of technology in STEM and PBL instruction. This course will explore and build knowledge of various science and math pedagogy models while providing relevant instructional technology classroom practices.

EDUC 5119 ACTION RESEARCH I: MIDDLE GRADES MATHEMATICS  (3 hours)
The first of a two-course individualized research endeavor involving identifying the area of focus, writing the literature review, designing the intervention and explaining its rationale and posing the research questions that will direct the data gathering and analysis. Prerequisite: EDUC 5103 Research Methods for the Classroom Teacher.

EDUC 5120 ACTION RESEARCH II: MIDDLE GRADES MATHEMATICS (3 hours)
The second of a two-course individualized research endeavor involving the implementation of the research developed in Action Research I and the analysis and interpretation of the data gathered from this research. Prerequisite: EDUC 5119 Action Research I: Middle Grades Mathematics.

EDUC 5121 ACTION RESEARCH I: SECONDARY MATHEMATICS (3 hours)
The first of a two-course individualized research endeavor involving identifying the area of focus, writing the literature review, designing the intervention and explaining its rationale and posing the research questions that will direct the data gathering and analysis. Prerequisite: EDUC 5103 Research Methods for the Classroom Teacher.

EDUC 5122 ACTION RESEARCH II: SECONDARY MATHEMATICS  (3 hours)
The second of a two-course individualized research endeavor involving the implementation of the research developed in Action Research I and the analysis and interpretation of the data gathered from this research. Prerequisite: EDUC 5121 Action Research I: Secondary Mathematics.

EDUC 5123 ACTION RESEARCH I: MIDDLE GRADES SCIENCE (3 hours)
The first of a two-course individualized research endeavor involving identifying the area of focus, writing the literature review, designing the intervention and explaining its rationale and posing the research questions that will direct the data gathering and analysis. Prerequisite: EDUC 5103 Research Methods for the Classroom Teacher.

EDUC 5124 ACTION RESEARCH II: MIDDLE GRADES SCIENCE (3 hours)
The second of a two-course individualized research endeavor involving the implementation of the research developed in Action Research I and the analysis and interpretation of the data gathered from this research. Prerequisite: EDUC 5123 Action Research I: Middle Grades Science

EDUC 5125 ACTION RESEARCH I: SECONDARY SCIENCE (3 hours)
The first of a two-course individualized research endeavor involving identifying the area of focus, writing the literature review, designing the intervention and explaining its rationale and posing the research questions that will direct the data gathering and analysis. Prerequisite: EDUC 5103 Research Methods for the Classroom Teacher.

EDUC 5126 ACTION RESEARCH II: SECONDARY SCIENCE  (3 hours)
The second of a two-course individualized research endeavor involving the implementation of the research developed in Action Research I and the analysis and interpretation of the data gathered from this research. Prerequisite: EDUC 5125 Action Research I: Secondary Science.

EDUC 5127 GRADUATE CAPSTONE AND TEACHER LEADERSHIP    (3 hours)
The culminating graduate experience in which each candidate creates evidence of in-depth content knowledge, demonstrates growth in professional dispositions, and presents his/her action research before a learning community. This course also includes a study of the central concepts, theories, and research regarding teacher leadership. Prerequisite: EDUC 5120, 5122, 5124, or 5126 Action Research II.

EDUC 5503 INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS (3 hours)
An examination of the connections between the concepts of number, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics.

EDUC 5504 MATHEMATICS AS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TOPIC (3 hours)
An examination of the connections between mathematics and other academic disciplines.

EDUC 5603 INVESTIGATIONS IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE (3 hours)
An examination of the nature of scientific inquiry in the physical sciences.

EDUC 5604 INVESTIGATIONS IN BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE  (3 hours)
An examination of the nature of scientific inquiry in the biological and environmental sciences.

EDUC 5703 SUMMER INTERNSHIP (3 hours)
A hands-on experience in the field designed to extend learning beyond the classroom.

 


ELECTIVE Courses

EDUC 5104 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
A study of psychological theories and principles and their application to contemporary educational problems and issues, including diverse populations and special needs students.

EDUC 5502 THEORY OF NUMBERS (3 hours)
A rigorous analysis of arithmetic theory, including properties of real numbers with emphasis given to the set of integers, along with modern and historical numeration systems.

EDUC 5602 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE EDUCATION (3 hours)
An advanced study of environmental science education, including the design and implementation of experiential learning experiences.

EDUC 5702 CULTURAL DIVERSITY (3 hours)
A critical analysis of topics and issues related to cultural diversity that challenge classroom teachers; a reflective examination of fundamental assumptions and perspectives that influence teaching and learning.


 

TOPICS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY Courses

EDUC 5900 TOPICS IN EDUCATION (3 hours)
The study of a selected topic from the fields of education focusing on specialized interests within the discipline.

EDUC 5901 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN EDUCATION (1 - 3 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the faculty.