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STEM Education (STEM-ED) Courses

Lower Division

STEM-ED 101 STEP 1: INQUIRY APPROACHES TO TEACHING (1-0-1)(F,S,SU). Theory and practice necessary to design and deliver inquiry-based math and science instruction. Explore and practice the guided inquiry process, modify lesson plans and implement them in a school setting. Requires background check and fieldwork.

STEM-ED 102 STEP 2: INQUIRY-BASED LESSON DESIGN (1-0-1)(F,S,SU). Continuation of STEM-ED 101. Develop skills in designing, teaching, analyzing, and assessing STEM lessons. Create inquiry-based lesson plans and implement them in a school setting. Requires a background check and fieldwork. PREREQ: STEM-ED 101.

STEM-ED 210 KNOWING AND LEARNING IN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FS). Introduction to theories of cognition and learning and the research which supports best teaching practices. Topics include learning progressions, memory, individual development, motivation and intelligence. Students will design and teach lessons that apply learning theory. Emphasis on learning in the STEM disciplines.

STEM-ED 220 (PHIL 220) PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS (2-3-3)(F,S)(FH). Introduction to the historical, social, and philosophical implications of math and science. Laboratory focuses on replication of significant discoveries. May be taken for either PHIL or STEM-ED credit, but not both.

Upper Division

STEM-ED 310 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS (3-0-3)(F,S). Apply learning theories in secondary settings (grades 6-12). Develop, enact and evaluate activities and strategies for teaching STEM in ways that make learning accessible to all students. Requires current background check and fieldwork. PREREQ: PERM/INST, admission to the IDoTeach Program, STEM-ED 102, STEM-ED 210.

STEM-ED 350 RESEARCH METHODS (1-6-3)(S). Engagement in laboratory-based methods used by scientists and engineers with implications for science and engineering education. Design and implementation of laboratory investigations. Written and oral reports of results. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

STEM-ED 370 LEARNING ASSISTANT SEMINAR (1-0-1)(F,S,SU). Preparation and development of capacity to act as a peer tutor in STEM education. For students involved in the Learning Assistant peer tutoring program. May be repeated for credit. (Pass/Fail).

STEM-ED 410 STEM TEACHING METHODS (3-0-3)(F,S). Methods used to plan, enact, assess, and reflect upon sequences of lessons for teaching and learning in inclusive secondary STEM classrooms. Requires current background check and fieldwork. PREREQ: PERM/INST, admission to the professional year, STEM-ED 310.

STEM-ED 430 LIFE, EARTH, AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS (3-2-4)(F/S). Explores in-depth science content in the disciplinary areas of biology, earth science, physics, and chemistry as described in current national and state standards. Emphasis will be placed on middle level science content and engagement with student reasoning and science and engineering practices. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

STEM-ED 480 APPRENTICE TEACHING (6-12 credits)(F,S). Teaching in a secondary STEM classroom under the mentorship of an experienced in-service teacher in the field. Requires background check and fieldwork. PREREQ: PERM/INST, STEM-ED 410.

STEM-ED 498 SEMINAR IN STEM RESEARCH (1-0-1)(F/S). Seminars by STEM educators and researchers on a wide range of subjects, including pedagogy and content. Format may include student presentation and discussion. Students will attend seminars, write summaries, and search for relevant literature. May be repeated for credit. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: PERM/INST.