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MS Science Education (Chemistry)
The Master of Science in Science Education, major in General Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics combines the practice of science with pedagogy, with the main goal of producing elementary and high school science teachers who can inspire their students through their ability to impart skills in doing science, to make knowledge of the discipline interesting and relevant, and to help develop insights into the practice of science.

The program considers the needs of basic education science teachers in terms of content, curriculum, and pedagogy. It aims to give 1) solid foundation in basic content, 2) knowledge of the scientific language and generally accepted paradigms, and 3) exposure to the practice of science and science teaching in their field. The program will also incorporate skills in facilitation, classroom management, and performance assessment. The thesis is envisioned to be in science education research, or equivalently, a collection of three (3) papers in content, experimental design, and policy/current issues.

The pre-requisite for those who will major in General Science is any bachelor’s degree from a reputable institution, with at least 15 units of science (any field or combination).

The pre-requisite for those who will major in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics is any bachelor’s degree from a reputable institution, with at least 15 units of the science.

The candidate should choose his/her major area upon application. There will be a Qualifying Exam in this major area to help design the program of study. In case the candidate shows adequate performance in the exam, the program adviser may recommend replacement of the core subject with a more advanced subject in the same field.


Curriculum

REQUIRED SUBJECTS 9 units

SED 201 Foundations of Science Education 3 units
PSYCH 255.8 Seminar in Human Development: Math and Science in Early Childhood Education 3 units
ED 201 Methods and Materials of Research 3 units

FIELD OF CONCENTRATION SUBJECTS 20 units
Any one graduate level lec-lab subject in the discipline chosen 5 units with the approval of the Academic Adviser*

Any two graduate level subjects in the discipline chosen with 6 units the approval of the Academic Adviser:

SED 285.1 Seminar on Instruction and Assessment in Science 3 units
SED 285.2 Seminar on Laboratory Practices and Experimental Design 3 units
SED 285.3 Seminar on Science Curriculum Development 3 units

Any one of the following with the approval of the Academic Adviser 3 units

STAT 310 Basic Statistical Analysis 3 units
SA 206 Research Techniques 3 units
SED 207 Instructional Technologies 3 units

*Graduate level subjects in General Science are the SED 220/230 series. Suggested subjects for other majors are BIED 220/240/260 for Biology, CH ED 201.1-.3 for Chemistry, and PSED 200.31-.33 for Physics.


GRADUATE SEMINAR 1 unit
SED 286 Graduate Seminar 1 unit

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS

THESIS WRITING AND ORAL DEFENSE 6 units




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