Master of Science in Integrated Mathematics and Science Education

Master of Science in Integrated Mathematics and Science Education

(HEGIS 0834)

ADMISSION

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
2. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. A student whose GPA is below 3.0 may, with the approval of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Admissions Review Committee, be conditionally matriculated for the first 12 credits at Dowling in which he or she must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to achieve matriculation status.
3. A completed application, two letters of reference.
4. ESL students must pass the TOEFL test at 550 or better, or be tested by Dowling ESL faculty. Students may be required to enroll in ESL courses as a condition of matriculation.
5. Students must supply, prior to registering for a second term, official transcripts from the undergraduate institution from which the student graduated.
6. A minimum of 36 credits in science and/or mathematics with at least 18 credits in one mathematics or science area.
7. New York State initial or provisional certification.
Students are welcome to take courses in the Master of Science in Integrated Mathematics and Science Education program on a nonmatriculated basis.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

The purpose of the program is to prepare secondary science and mathematics teachers to implement the national and state agendas calling for the integration of science, mathematics and technology in secondary curriculum and instruction. Beginning with the President’s 1997 State of the Union address, through strategies and initiatives of the Department of Education, standards of the National Science Teachers Association and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, as well as the New York State Systemic Initiative, an agenda for instructional enhancement in science and mathematics incorporating technology is emerging.

The courses in this program include models of the integration of science, mathematics and technology. They also include in depth investigations in specific academic disciplines, and professional education courses addressing special issues in teaching laboratory sciences and mathematics. They use the latest technologies including graphing programmable calculators, computer software with internet access and the world wide web. These courses investigate topics in broad areas of scientific inquiry as they touch the current and future lives of the local community. Thus the program includes all the tools necessary for professional science and mathematics educators to meet new challenges with enriched curriculum that improves the science and mathematics content.

Master of Science in Integrated Mathematics and Science Education, 36 Credits Total

Core Requirements (9 credits)

NSM 6600 Technologies for Research and Instruction
NSM 6601 Measurement, Modeling and Problem Solving
NSM 6602 Scientific Methods and Experimental Design

Mathematics or Science Track (9 credits)
Mathematics Track

Students select 3 courses from:

MTH 6603 Applied Matrix Methods
MTH 6604 Quantitative and Statistical Methods
MTH 6615 History of Mathematics
MTH 6617 Discrete Mathematics
MTH 6631 Mathematical Analysis
MTH 6671 Geometry

Science Track
Students select 3 courses from:

BIO 6601 Modern Topics in Molecular and Cell Biology
BIO 6602 Modern Topics in Organismal and Population Biology
CHM 6601 Environmental Chemistry
CHM 6681-6689 Variable Topics in Chemistry
NSM 6603 Ethics and Values in Science
NSM 6605 Long Island Estuaries
PHY 6601 Powerful Ideas in Physics

Professional Education Courses (12 credits)
Students select 12 credits of professional education courses in consultation with a graduate advisor, which further enhance their academic interests and their understanding of a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. The following is a sample of the courses available.

EDA 6344 Environmental Science Education
EDH 6384 Cognition in Mathematics and Music Education
EDH 5385 Cognition in Learning Science and Mathematics
EDH 6387 Seminar in the Cyberspace Science and Mathematics Classroom
EDH 7393 Educational Evaluation in Science, Mathematics and Technology

Capstone Courses (6 credits)
These 6 credits of research field study experience crystallize the integration of mathematical and scientific concepts with constructivist pedagogy.

EDH 7395 Educational Research Methodology in Science, Mathematics and Technology
EDH 7396 Educational Research Project in Science, Mathematics and Technology