Curriculum

Master's Degree Program (37 credit hours)

Foundations of Teaching Math, Science, and Technology Master's Degree Planning Guide

Required Foundation Courses

12 credit hours

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the principles of research in education. Students will become effective consumers of educational research by analyzing the literature in a particular area of study and synthesizing the results into material that can be applied to diverse educational settings. Students will also develop practical research skills that they might use to assist them in their own professional development. Preservice teachers and practitioners enrolled in this course will complete a field-based research project pertaining to their area of study.

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the theories and practices of multicultural education which are presented as central to teaching and learning, not as marginal or added on to the “regular” curriculum. Study of multicultural concepts (e.g., inclusion, accurate representation, multiple perspectives, indigenous scholarship) will reveal how diverse knowledge bases have been historically muted in educational and other discourses. In order to avoid replicating this exclusionary practice, prospective and practicing teachers will explore ways in which students’ (and their own) multiple identities are embedded in teaching and learning that accurately represents diverse knowledge bases. Such an approach is multicultural and therefore emancipatory because it encourages students to become thinkers and producers of knowledgepractices that increase students’ opportunities and life chances.

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces teacher candidates to motivation and classroom management strategies that engage all students in an inclusive classroom. Candidates will 1. recognize personal cultural lenses and biases, 2. develop knowledge and respect of students’ cultural backgrounds, 3. examine the broader social, economic, and political context, 4. use culturally appropriate motivation and management strategies, and 5. commit to building caring classroom communities.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to give the participants a background in the plan, design, implementation and evaluation of various curriculum and educational programs.

Credit Hours: 3

Math/Science/Technology Core Courses

21 credit hours

This course explores how students develop knowledge, understanding, and application of literacy in the disciplines of mathematics, science, and technology. Specifically, teachers will focus on MST reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visually representing. They will integrate New York State Learning Standards in MST and ELA to enhance learning in both domains.

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces practicing teachers to multiple uses of technology in literacy education. It provides them with the knowledge and experience to use technology as a tool to improve literacy teaching and learning for all students. Teachers examine and evaluate literacy software in terms of applicability to a variety of educational settings. Teachers learn to teach students how to access literacy information and resources using the Internet. Teachers also learn how to guide students in Web publishing.

Credit Hours: 3

This introductory offering has as its major focus the many administrative uses of the computer in the field of education. A major goal is to ensure that every graduate student in educational administration has a comprehensive understanding of current and future roles that computer technology creates for the school system, of the use of the computer in short- and long-term planning, and of the impact that computers can and will have on administrative duties and responsibilities. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ability of the administrator to utilize computer technologies at the district, school and classroom levels. A range of administrative uses will be presented to ensure sound computer administrative practices.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to offer teachers and administrators the opportunity to use and to implement the many forms of technology in delivering curriculum and instructional content to their students. Using the many models and technology tools, (i.e., hardware and software, graphics, hypermedia) allows classroom teachers the opportunity to frame their curriculum program for instant educational retrieval and to make the course content available for its immediate use.

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of ways technology can be used to facilitate the education of learners with disabilities. It also offers advance study of various technological devices that assist individuals with disabilities in performing functional tasks and achieving independence. The course emphasizes the integration of assistive technology into the home, community, school, and workplace. The course also provides opportunities in the use of software such as word processing, database management, graphics, and electronic spreadsheet to enhance the personal productivity of special educators.

Credit Hours: 3

*Birth - 6 Concentration

6 credit hours

This course is designed to provide practicing teachers with knowledge and skills to improve mathematics instruction in early childhood and elementary classrooms. The course will emphasize the importance of exposing math concepts in early childhood levels. Literacy, science and technology will be interwoven into the curriculum which will focus on number sense, operations, algebra, probability and statistics, and geometry.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide practicing teachers with knowledge and skills to improve science instruction in early childhood and elementary classrooms. The course will emphasize the importance of exposing science concepts in early childhood levels. Literacy, mathematics and technology will be interwoven into the curriculum, which will focus on the nature of science, scientific inquiry, science in the community, contemporary issues in science, and safety and welfare in the science classroom.

Credit Hours: 3

*5 - 12 Concentration

6 credit hours

This course is designed to provide practicing math and science teachers with knowledge and skills to improve mathematics instruction at the middle and high school levels. The course will emphasize the importance of mathematical reasoning and communication. Literacy, science and technology will be interwoven into the curriculum which will focus on algebra, trigonometry and calculus, measurement and geometry, probability and statistics.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide practicing math and science teachers with knowledge and skills to improve science instruction at the secondary level. The course will emphasize the importance of scientific reasoning and communication. Literacy, mathematics and technology will be interwoven into the curriculum which will focus on the nature of science, scientific inquiry, science in the community, contemporary issues in science, safety, ethics, and welfare in the science classroom.

Credit Hours: 3

Internship

3 credit hours

This course is designed to assist novice teachers as they develop skills in teaching math, science and technology. Teachers will work with a mentor in their home district who is certified in their subject area, and will demonstrate their development in the National Board of Professional Teacher Standards for their initial certification area. This course will be coordinated by an education faculty member. Portfolios will be developed evidencing the candidate’s professional achievement in the initial certification area, including subject area content, learning standards and curriculum, instructional resources for specific content areas (including math, science, and instructional technology), and assessments that are discipline-specific, with the professional goal of helping all students learn. Teachers enrolling in this course must have a current teaching position within a school district participating in the Improving Math, Science, and Technology Instruction Program.

Credit Hours: 3

Required Culminating Experience

1 credit hour

This course is designed to assist candidates in the advanced graduate programs in the College of Education as they develop their comprehensive portfolios that evidence the knowledge, skills, and dispositions recognized by the highest national and international professional organizations within their program areas. The course will explore the general and specific directives of portfolio preparation including format and composition. Personal guidance will be provided by the instructor through regular meetings.

Credit Hours: 1

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS): Foundations of Teaching Math, Science, and Technology Education

Foundations of Teaching Math, Secience, and Technology CAS Planning Guide

24 credit hours

This course explores how students develop knowledge, understanding, and application of literacy in the disciplines of mathematics, science, and technology. Specifically, teachers will focus on MST reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visually representing. They will integrate New York State Learning Standards in MST and ELA to enhance learning in both domains.

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces practicing teachers to multiple uses of technology in literacy education. It provides them with the knowledge and experience to use technology as a tool to improve literacy teaching and learning for all students. Teachers examine and evaluate literacy software in terms of applicability to a variety of educational settings. Teachers learn to teach students how to access literacy information and resources using the Internet. Teachers also learn how to guide students in Web publishing.

Credit Hours: 3

This introductory offering has as its major focus the many administrative uses of the computer in the field of education. A major goal is to ensure that every graduate student in educational administration has a comprehensive understanding of current and future roles that computer technology creates for the school system, of the use of the computer in short- and long-term planning, and of the impact that computers can and will have on administrative duties and responsibilities. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ability of the administrator to utilize computer technologies at the district, school and classroom levels. A range of administrative uses will be presented to ensure sound computer administrative practices.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to offer teachers and administrators the opportunity to use and to implement the many forms of technology in delivering curriculum and instructional content to their students. Using the many models and technology tools, (i.e., hardware and software, graphics, hypermedia) allows classroom teachers the opportunity to frame their curriculum program for instant educational retrieval and to make the course content available for its immediate use.

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of ways technology can be used to facilitate the education of learners with disabilities. It also offers advance study of various technological devices that assist individuals with disabilities in performing functional tasks and achieving independence. The course emphasizes the integration of assistive technology into the home, community, school, and workplace. The course also provides opportunities in the use of software such as word processing, database management, graphics, and electronic spreadsheet to enhance the personal productivity of special educators.

Credit Hours: 3

*Brith - 6 Concentration Only

This course is designed to provide practicing teachers with knowledge and skills to improve mathematics instruction in early childhood and elementary classrooms. The course will emphasize the importance of exposing math concepts in early childhood levels. Literacy, science and technology will be interwoven into the curriculum which will focus on number sense, operations, algebra, probability and statistics, and geometry.

Credit Hours: 3

*Brith - 6 Concentration Only

This course is designed to provide practicing teachers with knowledge and skills to improve science instruction in early childhood and elementary classrooms. The course will emphasize the importance of exposing science concepts in early childhood levels. Literacy, mathematics and technology will be interwoven into the curriculum, which will focus on the nature of science, scientific inquiry, science in the community, contemporary issues in science, and safety and welfare in the science classroom.

Credit Hours: 3

*5 - 12 Concentration Only

This course is designed to provide practicing math and science teachers with knowledge and skills to improve mathematics instruction at the middle and high school levels. The course will emphasize the importance of mathematical reasoning and communication. Literacy, science and technology will be interwoven into the curriculum which will focus on algebra, trigonometry and calculus, measurement and geometry, probability and statistics.

Credit Hours: 3

*5 - 12 Concentration Only

This course is designed to provide practicing math and science teachers with knowledge and skills to improve science instruction at the secondary level. The course will emphasize the importance of scientific reasoning and communication. Literacy, mathematics and technology will be interwoven into the curriculum which will focus on the nature of science, scientific inquiry, science in the community, contemporary issues in science, safety, ethics, and welfare in the science classroom.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to assist novice teachers as they develop skills in teaching math, science and technology. Teachers will work with a mentor in their home district who is certified in their subject area, and will demonstrate their development in the National Board of Professional Teacher Standards for their initial certification area. This course will be coordinated by an education faculty member. Portfolios will be developed evidencing the candidate’s professional achievement in the initial certification area, including subject area content, learning standards and curriculum, instructional resources for specific content areas (including math, science, and instructional technology), and assessments that are discipline-specific, with the professional goal of helping all students learn. Teachers enrolling in this course must have a current teaching position within a school district participating in the Improving Math, Science, and Technology Instruction Program.

Credit Hours: 3