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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education


The following list is not exclusive. In consultation with their advisor, a student may propose other courses to fulfill a requirement:

Group A: Development and Learning

  • ED 130 Human Development and Learning
  • ED 142 Education of the Exceptional Child
  • ED 230 Foundations of Learning, Cognition, and Academic Intervention
  • CSHD 151 Advanced Intellectual Development of Young Children
  • CSHD 161 Advanced Personal-Social Development
  • CSHD 155 The Young Child's Development of Language
  • CSHD 190 Children with Special Needs
  • PS 232 Core Course in Cognitive Psychology
  • PS 247 Cognition

Group B: Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

  • ED 161 Anthropology and Sociology of Schooling
  • ED 162 Critical Histories of U.S. Education
  • ED 163 Philosophies
  • ED 167 Critical Race Theory
  • ED 260 Seminar in Educational Issues
  • CSHD 153 Culture and Learning: Issues for Education
  • CSHD 177 Bilingual Children in US Schools

Group C: Theory and Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

  • ED 111 Development of Knowledge and Reasoning in the Science Curriculum
  • ED 112 Mathematics Learning Environments
  • ED 182/CSHD 145 Technological Tools for Thinking and Learning
  • ED 224 Theory and Research in Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics Education
  • ED 225 Theory and Research in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Education
  • ED 291 Theory and Research in Science Education
  • ED 291 Theory and Research in Technology Education
  • ED 291 Theory and Research in Engineering Education

Group D: Research Methods

  • CSHD 140 Problems of Research: Statistics
  • CSHD 142 Problems in Research: Methods and Design
  • CSHD 144 Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods in Applied Social Science Research
  • CSHD 240 Directed Research
  • ED 271 Educational Research Methods
  • ED 273 Seminar in Research Methods
  • PS 107 Advanced Statistics I
  • PS 108 Advanced Statistics II
  • SOC 101 Quantitative Research Methods
  • SOC 102 Qualitative Research Methods
  • ED 191/CSHD 143 R Research Practice (participation in ongoing research required for all students).

Group E: Elective courses

The remaining courses will be chosen, in agreement with the students' advisors, from courses already offered by the Sciences, Mathematics, or Engineering Departments, from courses in Groups A, B, C, and D, or, up to the limit of four courses, as independent study courses and/or as internships that will immerse the student in experiences directly related to the practice of education and to its analysis and evaluation.

Examples of relevant internship experiences are teaching, curriculum development and implementation, development and implementation of educational innovations, teacher development programs, research in science, etc. One course will be awarded for each 120 hours of internship.

Students in the PhD program must take at least two graduate courses in the Mathematics, Sciences, or Engineering Departments.

Group F: STEM Education Program Seminar (ED 222 and ED 223)

First year MS students and first and second year PhD students are required to take an ongoing Program Seminar (Proseminar). MS students will receive a total of one course at the end of one year in this group, and PhD students will receive, at the end of two years, a total of two courses in this group (2 semester hourly units per term).

The Proseminar meets bi-weekly, is attended by interested faculty and researchers, focuses on issues of current interest, and constitutes a forum for outside speakers, students and faculty in the program to present their ongoing research and to discuss papers of outstanding relevance for those in the program. Students in the more advanced years of the program will be invited to use the Proseminar as a forum to present and get feedback on their dissertation work at various points during its development.

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