STEM Teacher Education

Courses

ESTM 201 DragonsTeach: Step 1 1.5 Credit

This course is an introduction to mathematics, computer science, and science teaching as a career. Discussions include standards-based lesson design and various teaching and behavior management strategies. Fieldwork consists of planning and teaching two inquiry-based lessons to students in local elementary schools. Fieldwork in local schools is required.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ESTM 210 DragonsTeach: Step 2 1.5 Credit

Topics include routes to teacher certification in mathematics, computer science, and science teaching; various teaching methods that are designed to meet instructional goals; and learner outcomes. Students develop and teach two inquiry-based lessons in their field in a middle school, and participate in peer coaching. Fieldwork in local schools is required.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ESTM 201 [Min Grade: B]

ESTM 301 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science 3.0 Credits

The course focuses on what it means to know and learn mathematics and science, how this knowledge changes over time and how it develops in learners. Topics include foundations of STEM education; problem solving in mathematics and science education utilizing technology; principles of expertise and novice understanding of subject matter. The course also serves to set the stage for field experiences in ESTM 302 and will involve fieldwork in local schools.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ESTM 210 [Min Grade: B] (Can be taken Concurrently)ESTM 201 [Min Grade: B]

ESTM 302 Classroom Interactions 3.0 Credits

Classroom Interactions builds on previous DragonsTeach courses and continues the process of preparing students to teach mathematics and science in upper elementary and secondary settings by providing opportunities to see how theories explored in Knowing and Learning play out in instructional settings. Students design and implement instructional activities informed by their own understanding of what it means to know and learn mathematics and science, and then evaluate the outcomes of those activities on the basis of student artifacts (i.e., what students say, do, or create). The course will involve fieldwork in local schools.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ESTM 301 [Min Grade: B]

ESTM 303 Research and Practice in Science and Mathematics Education 3.0 Credits

The course focuses on research and practice in science and mathematics education and supports students as they connect the two in the context of their classroom. Typical topics include assessment and evaluation, technology, equitable STEM instruction and learning environments and additional current topics in STEM Education. Students will gain experience as practitioner-researchers through observation and fieldwork in local schools.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ESTM 302 [Min Grade: B]

ESTM 342 Teaching Engineering Concepts to Children 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide elementary educators with the background knowledge and experiences that will enhance their ability to teach engaging, effective, and meaningful engineering lessons. These include: trends and issues in 21st century engineering education; best practices pedagogies in engineering education; connections and integration between engineering curriculum and other content areas; engineering design practices; planning, managing, implementing, and assessing engineering lessons; safety in engineering classrooms; the use of technology to enhance engineering instruction; and how to engage all learners in positive classroom engineering experiences.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ESTM 350 Project-Based Instruction 4.0 Credits

Project-based instruction engages learners in exploring authentic, important, and meaningful questions of real concern to students. Through a dynamic process of investigation and collaboration and using the same processes and technologies that scientists, mathematicians, and engineers use, students work in teams to formulate questions, make predictions, design investigations, collect and analyze data, make products and share ideas. Students learn fundamental concepts and principles that they apply to their daily lives. Project-based instruction promotes equitable and diverse participation and engages students in learning. In this class you will develop a complete unit as opposed to individual lessons in preparation for apprentice teaching. This course involves fieldwork in local schools.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ESTM 302 [Min Grade: B] (Can be taken Concurrently)ESTM 201 [Min Grade: B] and ESTM 210 [Min Grade: B]

ESTM 362 Perspectives in Science and Mathematics Education 3.0 Credits

In this course, students will gain expertise in how to incorporate the history of science (defined as the life and physical sciences and mathematics) into primary and secondary education curricula. Based on a survey of the major transitions and examples in the history of science from the Renaissance to Modernity, students will gain a unique perspective on historical methodology, the content of science, and creativity in scientific research. These lessons will support student teachers in developing unique Science and Mathematics courses that are founded on their new historical perspective.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ESTM 364 Methods of Research and Inquiry in Science and Mathematics 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to analysis of current topics in science and engineering and serves as an introduction to teaching and learning research-based courses. The intended audience is undergraduate students from all STEM areas and particularly those interested in STEM Education. Through quantitative analysis, the students will experience first-hand the societal, environmental, financial, economic, and technological impacts of scientific, engineering and business processes. The course requires procuring data, analyzing large-scale data sets using statistical software applications, synthesizing qualitative information using quantitative results, presentation of research, results, conclusions, and developing instruction that supports students' engagement in similar practices.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ESTM 410 DragonsTeach Student Teaching 6.0 Credits

DragonsTeach Student Teaching is the capstone course of the DragonsTeach program, providing the opportunity for STEM majors to earn both their degree and Pennsylvania Instructional I certification to teach at the secondary level (middle or high school). Student teaching allows will experience the day-to-day responsibilities of the professional middle or high school math or science teacher and demonstrate the competencies needed for certification. In addition to extensive fieldwork, student teachers meet as a group for a weekly seminar.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ESTM 350 [Min Grade: B]

ESTM I199 Independent Study in ESTM 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ESTM I299 Independent Study in ESTM 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ESTM I399 Independent Study in ESTM 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ESTM I499 Independent Study in ESTM 0.0-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ESTM T180 Special topics in ESTM 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ESTM T280 Special topics in ESTM 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ESTM T380 Special topics in ESTM 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ESTM T480 Special topics in ESTM 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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