Jun 10-Jul 26, 2018
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $0.00
Instructor(s): Jennifer Luebeck and Mary Alice Carlson

Course Description

Registration begins on March 25th - please register for CRN 11109.
This course provides teachers with a sound understanding of modeling as a mathematical practice, as a context for teaching and reinforcing mathematics concepts, and as a means to integrate mathematics with other STEM disciplines.

Course goals include:
  • Examine the nature of mathematical modeling and how it compares to other types of problems and tasks. Discover how mathematical modeling is approached at different grade levels (e.g., elementary) and in different contexts (e.g., STEM disciplines).
  • Compare and contrast desirable habits of mind in mathematics, science, and engineering with a focus on modeling across STEM disciplines. Explore pedagogical practices that foster modeling in the context of effective STEM instruction.
  • Recognize the role of mathematics and modeling in a person’s ability to make the well-founded judgments needed by engaged and reflective citizens.
  • Solve a variety of modeling problems in mathematics and related STEM disciplines. Evaluate and critique lessons and tasks against mathematical modeling criteria.
  • Design activities and lessons that incorporate authentic (mathematical) modeling.

Meeting Place and Times

This course is taught online. Course participants login and participate at a time of day that is convenient for them. It is recommended that participants login at least 4 to 6 times per week and plan on spending as much as 20 hours per week for 7 weeks to successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course. It is imperative that teachers are available to participate fully in the course for the full 7 weeks. This time estimate includes both the time teachers spend on-line connected to Desire2Learn participating in group discussions and other course activities and the time spent off-line working on assignments, projects, and lab activities.


Jennifer Luebeck, EdD..

Mary Alice Carlson, PhD..


Graduate standing; mathematics educators and educators in other STEM fields

Target Audience

High school (or two-year college) teachers of secondary mathematics, science, and related STEM fields. The target audience consists of teachers in the MSMME, NTEN, and MSSE programs.

Time Commitment:

15-20 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

Required Books/Materials

  • No textbook required. Materials will be provided online.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

About course content, contact Jennifer Luebeck at
For information about registration, contact Kelly Boyce at

How to Register

Call the Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683 or toll free (866) 540-5660.