Montana State University

EDCI 537-801: Contemporary Issues in Science Education

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Jun 08-Jul 24, 2015
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $627.00
Instructor(s): John Graves

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of pertinent contemporary science education issues and how to incorporate these ideas into an instructional setting.

This course will help students learn the conceptual underpinnings of best practice approaches to science education and professional development as they relate specifically to teaching and learning science at multiple levels, including traditional classrooms and informal science education settings. Topics covered include science education reform efforts, technology in instruction, science education standards, assessment, teachers as leaders, controversial issues in the science classroom and more. Weekly assignments include online readings, discussion among colleagues and reflection on the content.

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. 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.


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$7.00
 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

  • Course materials will be provided in the learning management system, Desire2Learn by your 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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