STEM Course Description
CI 7001: Educational Research for Master’s Students (3 hrs)
Students will explore the full range of educational research in current practice and develop an understanding of the role and limitations of research for informing educational practice. Students will select a topic of interest to them and conduct a literature review of this topic culminating in a final paper that demonstrates their knowledge of the literature, ability to read and synthesize research, and write according to standard protocols.
CI 7002: Curriculum and Instruction: Theories and Trends (3 hrs)
This course is part of the CI master’s core. The course focuses on how curriculum and curricular activities are developed and impacted by legislative, and socio-political forces. The class will investigate the interaction of curriculum implementation and models of instruction in respect to student learning as well as how that curriculum is shaped.
CI 7003: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms (3 hrs)
This course is a required course for middle childhood and secondary licensure. This course exposes students to the problems, issues, and experiences of students from under-represented groups based on race, ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and sexual identity. Students will use their experiences in field placements as starting points for reflection.
CI 7004: The Role of Teachers in a Democratic Society (3 hrs)
This class focuses on the historical, political, policy issues that are embedded in the development of classroom teaching and teachers in America. The course explores how teachers recreate social norms or are able to disrupt them leading to change. Participants will be expected to compare and reflect upon their own practices as teachers within our democratic society.
CI 7090: Master’s Project: Curriculum and Instruction (3 hrs)
This course involves writing a proposal and obtaining a master committee’s approval of that project proposal. The course also involves completing research and writing for the final master’s project.
CI 6005: Integrating STEM into Practice (3 hrs)
This course will provide an interdisciplinary approach to integrating STEM into practice across the disciplines. The course will involve the participation in problem-based and project-based learning activities, mathematics and science inquiries learning tasks, and using technology to gain and display information. Students will practice backwards design to develop their own STEM learning activity. Graduate students will implement their activity in a classroom and monitor student learning outcomes.
CI 7032: Science Learning in Laboratory and Inquiry Settings (3 hrs)
This course explores the historical development of laboratory and active learning experiences in science curriculum and classrooms. Students will explore the research on science learning through the use of demonstrations, lab activities, student inquiries, and problem-based learning.
CI 7040: Mathematics as Problem Solving (3 hrs)
This course will teach activities to help illustrate the connection between mathematics and other subject areas including music, art, social studies, science, and literacy.
CI 8072: Learning Sciences and Technology (3 hrs)
This course provides a fundamental understanding of learning sciences, an interdisciplinary field dedicated to studying learning and how learning may be facilitated in designed environments. Students will design a technology-based learning environment and conduct an evaluation of the embedded theories in an existing environment of their choice, such as digital media, games, or other innovative technologies.
CI 7010: Improving Instructional Effectiveness: Clinical Experience (3 hrs)
Study of teacher behaviors that influence the academic achievement of students. Participants learn new effective pedagogy and implement one or more of the various strategies into their diverse clinical placements, gather data, and analyze the impact on student learning. This clinical experience can be completed in a student’s current work setting or in a arranged placement determined with their advisors. Students in the medical and advanced teaching master’s degree programs must participate in the field experience prior to the completion of their degree.