Course List

STEM Education Foundations approaches Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education content and process from a distinct discipline-based historical and theoretical angle. Students will form and/or re-form viewpoints and approaches concerning Integrative STEM education and its organizational structure in K-16 education. Students will develop and propose an integrative STEM education strategy that further develops, expands upon, and/or challenges existing STEM education implementation and integration models based on existing evidence and outcomes from the work of scholars in STEM education and other related disciplines.

Through careful analysis, both individual and collaborative, of readings and case studies students in this course will explore the signature pedagogies unique to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. In this exploration we will reveal both strengths and limitations associated with signature pedagogies, and gain insights into pedagogical strategies that can serve to enhance practices within our chosen STEM fields. The overarching goal is to better understand the distinct pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning that cross both professional and liberal education lines.

The STEM Education Trends and Issues course presents an introduction to contemporary K-16 STEM education developments, opportunities, and challenges from both discipline-based and integrative approaches. Students will examine current STEM education initiatives and modern Integrative STEM educational considerations pertaining to policy, structure, process, and student learning.

Philosophical, theoretical, and empirical foundations of the broad field of constructivism, including the limits of epistemology and ontology, the determination of truth and reality, and applications to education and everyday life.   Emphasis on radical constructivism, social constructivism, symbolic interactionism, social constructionism, and cognitive constructivism, and their applications to education.

Psychological theories and models which serve as a basis for educational models and practice. Emphasis on conceptions of learning and the learning process. (3H,3C).

A study of the people and forces that impact on American education, analyzing the social setting of schooling and the relationships among school, curriculum, clients, personnel, and culture.

Systematic introduction to the study of contemporary philosophy of education, indicating ways in which philosophy is used to analyze educational aims, content, methods, and values.

Investigates complex human learning from the perspective of cognitive/information processing theories. Emphasizes methods of investigation in cognitive science as well as strategies for using a cognitive orientation in educational settings. Pre: 5114. (3H,3C).

This course provides an introduction to qualitative research methods. It considers mainstream qualitative research traditions, including case study, phenomenology, ethnography, grounded theory, and participatory research. Students will conduct observations, interviews and basic data analysis.

Credit Hour(s): 3

Lecture Hour(s): 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture

Prerequisite(s): EDRE 5404

This course provides an advanced examination of qualitative inquiry in educational and human science research. It considers theoretical assumptions of major qualitative research traditions and provides students advanced skills in data analysis and representation.

Credit Hour(s): 3

Lecture Hour(s): 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture

Prerequisite(s): EDRE 6504

This two-course sequence is designed to provide an overview of basic research design, measurement and statistical concepts in social and behavioral research. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the process of social and educational research in field settings, hands on experience of designing and conducting research and analysis of data. I,II.

Credit Hour(s): 3

Lecture Hour(s): 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture

Prerequisite(s): EDRE 5404 (UG) OR EDRE 5404

Research and evaluation in education with emphasis on development of skill requisite for utilizing research and evaluation studies in practical situations. Applies these skills in exercises related to various research and evaluation models.

Credit Hour(s): 3

Lecture Hour(s): 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture

Introducation to Mixed Methods research and evaluation in applied social and behavorial sciences, including education, human development, sociology, and medicine. Mixed methods are used to collect and analyze both qualitive and quantitative data.

Credit Hour(s): 3

Lecture Hour(s): 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture

Prerequisite(s): EDRE 5404

Multiple regression procedures for analyzing data as applied in educational settings, including curvilinear regressions, dummy variables, multicollinearity, and introduction to path analysis. II 
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate
Instruction Type: Lecture

Provides a conceptual framework of hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), some important statistical theory behind the HLM, and hands-on training for applying HLM techinique through analyzing example data sets and projects. The course includes the formulation of statistical models for typical applications such as two-level organizational study, two-level growth model, and three-level growth model within contexts and prepares students to be able to use multilevel analysis to address research questions in their fields and write coherent summaries and intepretations of the results. 
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate
Instruction Type: Lecture

Multivariate statistical procedures presented in an applied research setting. Oriented toward the logical extension of univariate tests of significance and estimation procedures to multivariate problems. Emphasis on using existing computer software packages. 
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate
Instruction Type: Lecture

Course activities will emphasize the curricular themes of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation. 

Use and impact of technology in secondary mathematics curriculum. Various technologies including graphing calculators, calculator based laboratory and probes (CBLs), computer algebra systems, spreadsheets, dynamic geometry software and the Internet will be used to explore secondary mathematical concepts from an advanced viewpoint. Pre: 3034. (3H,3C)