This course examines the goals, principles and procedures of science education in elementary schools. Science is examined as both a process and product. Students examine thet roles of developing students' science process skills and understanding of the nature of science as these issues relate to teaching science for concept attainment. The role of science-technology-society connections in science education is emphasized. Issues of successful teaching and learning for a broad range of science learners are addressed. This class requires a non-credit field placement experience. The graduate-level course requires independent accelerated additional coursework appropriate for the graduate level.
The purpose of this course is to highlight the interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives on education. Construing education broadly to include both school and non-school enterprises, the course aims to deepen students' awareness of the social context and social implications of various educational activities. The course draws largely from the disciplinary lenses provided by the social sciences and the humanities, encouraging students to develop their capacities to examine, understand, and evaluate educational policies and practices. The graduate-level course requires independent accelerated additional coursework appropriate for the graduate level.
During the final semester of the M.Ed. program, the portfolio, based on the 11 Missouri Beginning Teacher Standards and the Rockhurst Department of Education Standard 12 is submitted, evaluated, and presented using Live Text. An Education Department faculty member who will read and evaluate both the initial and final submission of the portfolio will be a student?s portfolio coach. The portfolio coach will also work individually with the student to prepare for the oral portfolio defense. Meetings between the student teacher and portfolio coach will be scheduled as needed. Corequisite: ED 7900.