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MAT Science Content Courses offered by the Department of STEM Education and Teacher Development

These are the MAT science content courses offered through department. For information on when a specific course might be offered, please contact the Department of STEM Education & Teacher Development. .

SCI 541 Methods and Resources in General Science for Middle School Educators

A content/methods course designed to integrate four important aspects of teaching science in the school: becoming a reflective practitioner, gaining knowledge of oneself as a learner of science, gaining knowledge of oneself as a teacher of science, and gaining knowledge of children. This course prepares one to craft a science teaching practice that reflects current educational research, philosophies, and methodologies. DOE Subject Matter Knowledge Requirements are developed via class articles and learning experience and extension assignments. Educators will implement, evaluate, and reflect on instructional strategies unique to high school science teaching.

SCI 542 Technology for Middle School Educators

A content course designed to address the Massachusetts Technology and Engineering Curriculum Standards for middle school science instruction. This highly interactive course emphasizes research-based core instructional models to provide teachers with effective content and pedagogy to integrate topics such as engineering, communication, manufacturing, transportation, and bioengineering technologies into the middle school science classroom.  

SCI 547 Physical Science for Middle School Educators

A content course designed to address the Massachusetts Physical Science Curriculum Standards for middle school science instruction.  This highly interactive course emphasizes research-based core instructional models to provide teachers with effective content and pedagogy to integrate topics such as the properties and reactions of matter, as well as the relationships between matter and energy, into the middle school science classroom. 

SCI 548 Earth Science for Middle School Educators

A content course designed to address the Massachusetts Earth and Space Science Curriculum Standards for middle school science instruction.  This highly interactive course emphasizes research-based core instructional models to provide teachers with effective content and pedagogy to integrate topics such as Earth’s history, processes, and the place of the Earth in the solar system into the middle school science classroom. 

SCI 550 Biology for Secondary Educators

A content course that serves as a general biology survey course covering all the Massachusetts Life Sciences (Biology) Curriculum Standards for middle school and high school teachers.   This highly interactive course emphasizes research-based core instructional models and inquiry-based laboratories to provide teachers with effective strategies that can be implemented in teaching general biology in today's diverse classrooms and teaching environment. 

SCI 553 Environmental Aspects in Biology for Secondary Science Educators

A content course designed to gain an understanding of the basic processes accounting for environmental changes. The fundamental question of why the natural world is the way it is will be addressed with topics that support how students can be facilitated in exploring the natural world and making educated decisions pertaining to natural resource and environmental issues.

SCI 554 Special Topics for Secondary Science Educators 

An advanced treatment of special topics in biology with an emphasis on recent developments. The subject matter varies from year to year.

SCI 555: Marine Science for Secondary Science Educators

Marine science for teachers, in application to the local environment. This is a classroom/field-based science course for middle school general science teachers and high school biology teachers that will link specific learning standards from the Massachusetts State Frameworks to the local environment. Sample MCAS questions from fifth, eighth and tenth grade science and technology examinations will be analyzed.

SCI 556 Molecular & Cellular Biology for Secondary Science Educators

A content course which focuses on current topics in molecular and cell biology.  This interactive course that will cover issues related to advances in molecular and cell biology, which have triggered societal concerns and debates including:  evolution, genetically modified crops, etc..   The course examines specific aspects of the Massachusetts Life Sciences (Biology) Curriculum Standards for middle school and high school.

SCI 557 Evolution & Heredity for Secondary Science Educators

A content course exploring the development of Darwin's theory of evolution and the multiple lines of supportive scientific evidence.  The concept of intelligent design is discussed to explore what constitutes a legitimate scientific theory.  The course examines specific aspects of the Massachusetts Life Sciences (Biology) Curriculum Standards for middle school and high school.

SCI 581 Methods and Resources for Secondary Science Educators

A content/methods course designed to integrate four important aspects of teaching science in the school: becoming a reflective practitioner, gaining knowledge of oneself as a learner of science, gaining knowledge of oneself as a teacher of science, and gaining knowledge of children. This course prepares one to craft a science teaching practice that reflects current educational research, philosophies, and methodologies. DOE Subject Matter Knowledge Requirements are covered via class articles and learning experience and extension assignments. Educators will implement, evaluate, and reflect on instructional strategies unique to high school science teaching.

SCI 591 Topics in Science for Teachers

This graduate level course is highly interdisciplinary, since the content incorporates biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and other subjects. There are two parts: first, general oceanography with a focus on the history of the ocean and of oceanography; seawater and sediments; ocean currents, waves and tides; shorelines and shoreline processes; and the marine environment. The second part of the course is marine biology, with the emphasis on plankton, nekton, and benthic fauna; marine fish and fisheries, seashore life and the intertidal zone and marine mammals.

SCI 595 Independent  Study

Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area not otherwise part of the discipline's course offerings. Conditions and hours to be arranged.

SCI 596 Directed Study

Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area covered in a regular course not currently being offered.  Conditions and hours to be arranged.

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