Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Concentration in ASTL: Science K-12
Science teachers encourage students to explore the natural world around them and learn new and evolving scientific theories.
The Science concentration provides advanced professional development in science teaching and learning for practicing elementary, middle, or high school science teachers.
The ASTL concentrations are for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. The program offers advanced study in a specific concentration area, including Virginia's Standards of Learning content areas, cohort classes, an innovative schedule, and the use of technology. The courses, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, help teachers think and practice as board-certified teachers. The program develops teacher-leaders who practice reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry, and teacher expertise in a concentration that will identify the teacher as a potential leader in that area.
Educators with or without a master's degree may apply for the full master's degree program, which includes core and emphases.
Core Courses (12 credits)
- EDUC 606: Education and Culture (3 credits)
- EDUC 612: Inquiry into Practice (2 credits)
- EDUC 613: How Students Learn (3 credits)
- EDUC 614: Designing and Assessing Teaching and Learning (2 credits)
- EDUC 615: Educational Change (2 credits)
Concentration Courses (12 credits)
- EDCI 663: Research in Science Teaching (3 credits)
- EDCI 670: Advanced Methods in Science Teaching (3 credits)
- EDCI 671: Innovations in Science Teaching (3 credits)
- EDUC 547: Scientific Inquiry and the Nature of Science (3 credits)
Electives: (6 credits)
- Choose six credits of science course work with advisor approval.