Jun 16-Aug 01, 2014
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50
Instructor(s): John Graves

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Course Description

So, you've been asked to participate on the science textbook selection committee. Perhaps you've been appointed to chair the committee to write your school's science curriculum. If asked by an administrator or a parent could you describe the curriculum you are currently teaching? All teachers talk ABOUT curriculum, but have you ever considered the factors that drive the construction of curriculum? This course examines the philosophical, historical, and social influences that drive the construction of curriculum. Emphasis is placed on science curriculum past, present and future. Where did it start? How did it evolve? What's around the bend in the future? Current trends such as standards, inquiry and high-stakes testing that influence curriculum will be considered in relationship to your our own teaching experiences. After completing this course, science teachers will be equipped with a greater understanding of the workings of science curriculum development.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. While the course is in session, it is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 16 - 22 hours per week to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


John Graves, EdD. Intercollege Programs for Science Education, Montana State University. John has over 35 years of experience with middle school and university instruction. He has a passion for helping teachers remain current with best practices in science education.


Survey knowledge of current curriculum issues and science teaching experience. Graduate standing.

Target Audience

Middle and High School teachers.

Time Commitment:

16-22 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

 Program Fee $105.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • All course readings will be assigned by your instructor.

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

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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