Science Education

The MEd-CS Science Education track is a minimum 30-credit program track that focuses on the study of teaching, learning, curriculum, evaluation and policy in science education spanning K-12+. This program integrates disciplinary core content, science & engineering design practices, and crosscutting concepts, which is a three dimensional “3-D” approach from Next Generation Science Standards adopted by HIDOE and encouraged for post-secondary science instruction.

12-core credits plus at least 18-credits chosen from the following list, or other courses selected in consultation with the program advisor.

Required Core Courses:

  • EDCS 622G: Curriculum Leadership (3)
  • EDCS 606:  Introduction to Research (3)
  • EDCS 632: Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • EDCS 667G: Seminar in Curriculum Issues (3)

Recommended Courses:

  • EDCS 623 (Alpha): Science Curriculum. May be repeated once under a different alpha. (B) Elementary, (C) Secondary, (D) Inquiry and the nature of science, and (E) Science Literacy (3)
  • EDCS 640J: Seminar in Teaching Science (3)
  • EDCS 640P(S): Place-based Education (cross listed as SUST 641) (3)
  • EDCS 433:Interdisciplinary Science Curriculum (repeatable once) (3)
  • EDCS 450: Methods and Materials in Science (repeatable once) (3)

Other courses:

  • PHIL 308: Philosophy of Science (3)
  • PHIL 315/OCN 315: Modeling Natural Systems (3)
  • PHIL 316: Science, Technology, and Society (3)
  • PHIL 492: Philosophy for Children (3)
  • PHIL 621: Studies in Philosophy of Science (3)
  • PHIL 630: History and Theory of Science (3)

Additional science courses at the 300, 400 or 600 level or 1 credit of laboratory may be chosen.  These courses can be selected with approval of your advisor from among the following areas: Anthropology (ANTH); Biology (BIOL); Botany (BOT); Chemistry (CHEM); Entomology (ENTO); Environmental Biochemistry (ENBI); Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN); Geography (GEO); Geology and Geophysics (GG);  Horticulture (HORT); Interdisciplinary Studies (IS); Meteorology (MET); Microbiology (MICR); Natural Sciences (NSCI); Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (OEST); Oceanography (OCN); Physics (PHYS); Plant Molecular Physiology (PMP); Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology (PH); Zoology (ZOOL)

Culminating Requirements: Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project