Montana State University

EDCI 518-801: Master Teaching Strategies for Science Teachers

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Online
Jan 21-Apr 24, 2014
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.20
Instructor(s): John Graves

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Course Description

Becoming a master teacher is a process. Once a teacher is comfortable with the content being taught and the overall curriculum, the focus can shift to instructional strategies. This course will engage students in discussions and practice regarding the construction, use and reporting of numerous master instructional techniques. The emphasis of the course is on classroom instruction with the intent of informing and improving the effectiveness of one's instruction. A classroom in which to complete the required instructional "assignments" is absolutely necessary.

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.

Instructor(s)

John Graves, EdD. is a core Professor in the Master of Science in Science Education program at Montana State University-Bozeman, with over 30 years experience in public school science teaching. His on-line teaching experience includes Evaluation and Measurement in Education, Action Research, Math Modeling, Environmental Education, Environmental Microbiology, Teaching Science Inquiry and Construction of Curriculum. John has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, was awarded the CIBA-GEIGY Exemplary Elementary Science Teaching Award and was a 2005 recipient of a Toyota TAPESTRY grant for nearly $10,000 to implement handheld computers (PalmPilots) in his middle school science class.

Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree and teacher certification with at least one year of teaching experience. A classroom in which to conduct the instructional practices. It will be impossible to complete the course without having a classroom in which to implement the assignments.

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

 Tuition$799.50
 Program Fee $105.50
 Computer Fee$10.20
 Total$915.20

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

  • Models of Teaching, 8th Edition, by Bruce Joyce. Pearson Publishing, ISBN: 978-0205593453.

You can order the text 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 (EDCI 518)
  • the title of the text
  • that the course is offered online through Extended University


  • The text may also be available from other sources.

    Other materials will be available online.

    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 John Graves at graves@montana.edu or Diana Paterson at dianap@montana.edu or 406-994-5679.

    How to Register

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