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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

Advanced Programs for Teachers

MAT in Science requires 32 hours minimum
Credits are Semester Hours

Science

MAT: Science and the North Dakota Program Approval Standards Advanced Programs for Teachers (9.5)

9.5.1
Advanced program courses are designed to result in advanced knowledge, skills, and dispositions. The program reflects consideration of the standards for advanced study of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), professional specialty associations, and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).

MAT: Science program reflects...
* standards for advanced study of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
* standards of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
* standards of the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE)

9.5.2
The program requires candidates develop the ability to apply research and research methods relevant to the advanced field of study. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidateís understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* identify valid research methodologies and critique findings
* collect and analyze data related to their work
* use research to reflect on their practice and design research-based strategies to improve student learning

The MAT: Science requires students to take a research methods course in which students develop their basic research skills and write a proposal that forms the basis of their thesis. Most students have taken ED 502. The Division of Science did offer Research Methods as a Special Topics course; this course may be developed as a permanent course in the MAT: Science.

Literature, field, laboratory, and data analysis methods are integrated into appropriate courses in the MAT: Science progam.

Students also apply literature, field and/or laboratory, and data analysis research methods while conducting their research for their thesis. The thesis serves as a basis for assessing a studentís ability to properly apply these research methods.

9.5.3
The program requires study of the role of schools in society and the development of positive relationships with families and the larger community. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidateís understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* use school, family, and community contexts in connecting concepts that they teach to studentís prior experience
* devise scenarios that demonstrate dispositions expected of professional educators in their interactions with parents and the larger community
* articulate an understanding of how factors in society and families can effect studentsí opportunity to succeed in this particular field of study

Many of the science content courses in the MAT: Science program have incorporated assignments that require students to formulate curricular ideas regarding how various new science content topics can be used in their own teaching. Some of these curricular ideas are developed more completely as curricular projects. One consideration built into these assignments is the context in which the students teach. The curricular ideas and projects are shared with and discussed among peer students. This gives students opportunities to be exposed to various settings and to consider how the context impacts on how various aspects of the science can or should be taught.

9.5.4
The program requires study of advanced teaching strategies and models of teaching relevant to the advanced field of study. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidateís understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* identify challenges or misconceptions related to learning / using the knowledge and skills base and demonstrate multiple strategies to help varied students succeed
* research and demonstrate use of advanced teaching strategies recommended by the professional specialty organization associated with their field of study

Two of the three courses from which students choose to fulfill the Professional Knowledge Element within the Fundamental Core of the MAT: Science program are ED 524 Current Trends: Science, and SCI 510 Survey of Science Curricula. Both of these courses emphasize recent research on teaching and learning, and current strategies for teaching science.

9.5.5
The program requires the use of current, appropriate instructional technologies. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidateís understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* demonstrate appropriate use of various technologies within their instructional practices
* select and use appropriate technology tools specific to their area of advanced study
* use technology to effectively manage communications, planning, research, and record keeping

Many of the science content courses in the MAT: Science program have incorporated assignments that require students to formulate curricular ideas regarding how various new science content topics can be used in their own teaching. Some of these curricular ideas are developed more completely as curricular projects. One consideration built into these assignments is the appropriate use of instructional technologies. The curricular ideas and projects are shared with and discussed among peer students. This gives students opportunities to be exposed to various instructional technologies available and to consider how these technologies can be most appropriately used in teaching various aspects of the science.