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Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education for students and educators who want to work with learners of various ages, in order to teach science in a way that will help students to develop the analytical, problem-solving, critical-thinking skills, and curiosity they need to help them succeed in science courses and as they learn and begin to choose the fields they want to study. The program is designed to advance teachers own knowledge of science subjects while introducing students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program is intended for students with high school and elementary science teaching experience.
The program consists of 30 hours’ worth of classroom courses in which students should develop their understanding of educational techniques and scientific knowledge needed to teach others in various fields of science. Those classes include introduction to history and philosophy of science for teachers, models of learning and teaching in science education, and research traditions in science education.
Students who complete this program are expected to display the necessary qualifications of educators in science, including the ability to utilize a variety of manipulative materials and emerging technology resources in the classroom to incorporate standardized learning, to apply strategies to help students diagnose misconceptions, solve problems successfully, and develop scientific frames of mind, to demonstrate an understanding of connections among scientific and ideas and help students make similar connections, and to analyze student use of inquiry methods, observation, collaboration, data collection. In addition, as part of their responsibilities, graduates are expected to perform and assess student results, in order to measure achievement of concept development from empirical experiences in order to engage students in active learning.
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