Jan 20-Apr 24, 2015
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50
Instructor(s): Joseph Bradshaw

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Course Description

Integrating Literature into the Science Classroom is a fourteen-week, three-credit course. Cross-level instruction will be utilized for elementary, middle, and high school instructors. It provides an effective way to integrate master teaching strategies with current practices of teachers. The goal of this course is to engage and equip teachers in the area of science and literacy by integrating science-related literature into science classrooms. This course is intended for teachers enrolled in the Master of Science in Science Education degree program and other teachers with a minimum of two years teaching experience. The course supports the integrated approach to providing reading and science instruction.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers log into 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 9 - 12 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 3 credit graduate course.


Joseph Bradshaw, MS.


Minimum of 2 years successful science teaching experience, enrolled in MSSE degree, or by instructor approval. Participants must hold a bachelors degree in science, science education or a related area.

Target Audience

Designed primarily for practicing science teachers enrolled in Montana State University's Master of Science in Science Education program, with at least two years of teaching experience, or by instructor approval.

Time Commitment:

9-12 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

  • Indian Creek Chronicles, Pete Fromm, MPS Publisher, ISBN 9780312422721
  • Never Cry Wolf, Farley Mowat, Hachette Publisher, ISBN 9780316881791
  • Look to the North, George, Harp Publisher, ISBN 9780064435109
  • Fishes, Stewart, Children’s Publisher, ISBN 9780516259550
  • Georges Secret Key to the Universe, Hawking, Simon Schuster Publishing, ISBN 9781416985846

You can order the texts through the Montana State University Bookstore at 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • the course number (MSSE 591)
  • the titles of the texts
  • that the course is offered online through Extended University

  • The texts may also be available from other sources.

    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

    Register Online