Montana State University

M 518-801: Statistics for Teachers

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Jun 08-Jul 24, 2015
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $910.50
Restricted to students in MSMME program
Instructor(s): Phil Kaatz

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Course Description

Stochastic concepts including probabilistic underpinnings of statistics, measures of central tendency, variability, correlation, distributions, sampling, and simulation. Exploratory data analysis including experiments, surveys, measures of association and inferential statistics. Discussion of methods for teaching statistics in secondary mathematics and science.

This course is designed to engage students using a modeling and simulation approach to inference. This course uses pedagogical principles that are founded in research, such as weekly small group discussion activities, in addition to the collection of weekly homework assignments. In this course, students will be exposed to numerous examples of real-world applications of statistics that are designed to help them think like statisticians and develop a conceptual understanding of statistics. Upon completion of this course, students should have an understanding of the foundational concepts of data, variation and inference, as well as an appreciation for the fundamental role that statistics plays in a host of disciplines, such as business, economics, law, and medicine.

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 on 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.


Phil Kaatz, PhD.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • at least one year of math or science teaching experience
  • Preferred: a college level elementary statistics course or equivalent

Target Audience

High school or community college mathematics and science teachers.

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

 Program Fee $100.50
 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

  • No textbook is required for this course.

    Course materials will be available on the Desire2Learn course website.

    This course requires the use of TinkerPlots software. Your instructor will explain how you can access TinkerPlots for free once the course begins. Versions are available for either Windows or Mac OS.

Computer Requirements:

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

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

For More Information

contact Philip Kaatz at

How to Register

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