Curriculum & Instruction

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Master of Science and Education Degree in AYA Chemistry OR Integrated Science

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CI 6830 Curriculum Issues and Trends (3 hrs.)
Designed for educators, this course guides students in exploring core ideas to develop a framework for the study of teaching. Students investigate issues of what and how to teach in the content areas as well as explore the knowledge of expert content teachers. As a core graduate course in curriculum and instruction, students analyze and integrate ideas to form a theoretical framework and are guided in developing professional written work grounded in the literature. Topics include: Educative experiences, learning progressions, ambitious teaching, e-learning environments, and pedagogical content knowledge.

CI 6690 Theory & Research in Science Education (3 hrs.)
Designed for individuals beginning their thesis, project, or seminar paper phase of their graduate program, this course explores both theory and research in science education. Based on an area of interest, students review and critically analyze the research literature in science education. Students also learn how to find primary sources, read and critique research, and organize and write a literature review.

ChemistryCHEM 5100 Principles of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (4 hrs.)
Study of coordination compounds with a focus on ligand bonding, electron counting, molecular orbital theory, reactivity, and catalysis. In addition, polymerization, structure-property relationships, and commercial materials will be explored. A review of undergraduate-level general and organic chemistry topics with discussions concerning teaching these subjects is also included. 

CHEM 5160 Chemistry Laboratory Techniques Development (2 hrs.)
Study of general and organic chemistry laboratory techniques, such as the characterization, structural determination and reactions of organic and inorganic compounds, with an emphasis on pedagogical aspects of the techniques. Approved chemical safety goggles meeting the American National Standard Z87.1-1968 must be worn by every student during every laboratory class meeting.

TSOC 5300 Philosophy and Education (3 hrs.)
Exploring the nature of philosophic inquiry in education and examining competing traditions in the West, particularly in the United States. A distinction between education and schooling will be drawn. 

CHEM 6200 Green Chemistry (4 hrs.)
Advanced topics in green chemistry, including industrial applications, atom economy, safer solvent substitutions, alternatives assessment, green metrics (PMI, E-factor), basic life cycle analysis, and an introduction to chemical toxicology. 

EDP 5310 Issues and Innovations in Learning and Instruction (3 hrs.)  
Reviews emergent theory, principles and research findings on cognition and learning and applies these concepts to developing instructional experiences and conditions for optimizing classroom learning and performance. 

CHEM 6210 Environmental Chemistry (3 hrs.)
This course will focus on the chemistry of air, water, and soil with specific emphasis on the effects of human-made chemical products and by-products on the environment. Connections with green chemistry will be highlighted. 

CI 6900 Master’s Research Seminar (3 hrs.) 
Graduate seminar designed as a culminating experience in the master's programs in Curriculum and Instruction.  Participants critically examine the research and scholarhip in their specific field of interest.  Emphasis is placed on professional academic collaboration, peer review, constructive criticism. The final product of this seminar is an academic manuscript of publishable quality that contributes to the academic discourse in a particular body of scholarship.  

RESM 5220 Applied Assessment for Improved Practice (3 hrs.)
This is an advanced course in classroom assessment with a focus on informed and applied evidence-based decision making. Key components are the analysis and reporting of results from assessment datasets, the creation of formative and summative assessment action plans based on analysis results, and the incorporation of 21st century technology tools to support assessment planning and instructional decisions. 

CHEM 5110 Chemistry of Sustainable Materials (3 hrs.)
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CHEM 5170 Chemistry Instrumentation Techniques (2 hrs.)
The study of advanced instrumentation techniques and structural determination of organic and inorganic compounds with an emphasis on pedagogical aspects of the techniques. Approved chemical safety goggles meeting the American National Standard Z87.1-1968 must be worn by every student during every laboratory class meeting. 

Last Updated: 11/28/17