Montana State University

EDCI 537-801: Contemporary Issues in Science Education

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Jun 17-Jul 26, 2013
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $626.70
Instructor(s): John Graves

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Course Description

The goal and purpose of this class is to provide professional development to practicing science teachers as an elective “gateway” class for the Masters of Science in Science Education (MSSE) degree program. The course will help students learn the conceptual underpinnings of modern approaches to science education as they relate specifically to teaching and learning science at the middle and high school level. This enables students to construct the theoretical framework for future work in the Master of Science in Science Education degree program.

The course emphasizes a constructivist philosophy from both the epistemological and psychological perspectives. The teacher is viewed as a responsible, reflective practitioner engaged in the process of science reform at the classroom and local level. The emphasis is on science as inquiry and the teacher and students individually and collectively engaged in the construction of new knowledge.

Expected student outcomes:
  • learn about science education reform efforts;
  • learn about technological innovations in education especially related to distance education;
  • understand a variety of assessment techniques and how they can inform science teaching and learning;
  • learn about the role of leadership in science education reform and the future of mentoring in the science profession; and
  • learn the nature of action research.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 10 - 15 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 2 credit graduate course.


John Graves, EdD. Intercollege Programs for Science Education, Montana State University


Graduate standing.

Target Audience

In-service middle and high school science teachers.

Time Commitment:

10-15 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 $87.00
 Computer Fee$6.70

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

  • Course materials will be provided in the learning management system, Desire2Learn by you instructor.

    Resources on the web will also be used.

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 Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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