# Undergraduate Course Descriptions

SCED 103Orientation to Science and Mathematics Education

Credit:

1

The nature of science/mathematics education and their interdependencies. Major trends and standards in science/mathematics education.

SCED 120Academic Orientation to Mathematics and Science Education

Credit:

3

Introduction to academic life, the resources of the university and the department; review of the mathematics and science education literature; basics of academic writing for evidence-based reports, including documentation of sources and citation formats.

SCED 240Science, Technology & Society

Credit:

3

Perspectives on scientific knowledge and scientific society; the reciprocal relationships between technology and society; contemporary issues related to science, technology, and society.

SCED 282Principles and Methods of Instruction in Mathematics and Science

Credit:

3

Learning theories, and approaches to curriculum development in mathematics and science; overview of history of mathematics and science education; concepts, principles, methods and techniques of instructional planning in mathematics and science education.

Prerequisite:

ED 211

SCED 301Inferential Statistics I

Credit:

4

Data processing in educational contexts; analyzing and reporting descriptive statistics; concepts of
normal distributions, standard scores and hypothesis testing; biserial and rank order correlations,
multiple regression, t-test, ANOVA, applications by using statistical software.

SCED 302Inferential Statistics II

Credit:

4

Experimental designs in educational research, regressions analysis one-way and two-way analysis of variance, covariance analysis, non parametric tests of significance for making group comparisons.

SCED 320Teaching Methods in Science I

Credit:

4

Nature of science; scientific literacy; theoretical and conceptual approaches to teaching-learning in
science education; teaching methods, strategies, techniques and principles specific to science;
developing and critical analysis of lesson plans.

Prerequisite:

SCED 282 or ED 282

SCED 321Learning Science/Mathematics : Cognitive Aspects

Credit:

3

Concept development in science/mathematics learning, and avoidance of misconceptions.
Logical reasoning, creative thinking and problem solving processes.

Prerequisite:

Introductory science background

SCED 322Learning Science/Mathematics: Affective Aspects

Credit:

3

Psychological factors in science/mathematics learning with particular attention to motivation and interest, treatment of science/mathematics prones and shys.

SCED 324Implications of Brain Research for Learning Science/Mathematics

Credit:

3

Review of recent brain research studies and implications already discussed by researchers; relating findings to educational practices and deriving implications for learning science/mathematics.

SCED 330Teaching Thinking

Credit:

3

Theoretical approaches to scientific thinking, logical thinking and problem solving processes, survey of thinking programs used in education and practical applications.

Prerequisite:

Consent of the instructor

SCED 341World Problems in Science Curricula

Credit:

3

Impact of universal problems such as pollution, nuclear energy, energy crisis, abuse of natural resources, and their implications for science curricula.

Prerequisite:

Consent of the instructor

SCED 348Community Service

Credit:

2

Design, development and application of projects for community service.

SCED 350Secondary School Science Laboratory Applications I

Credit:

4

Development, application and evaluation of science experiments designed for the secondary school science curriculum.

SCED 351Laboratory Applications in Science Education

Credit:

3

The design and application of various types of laboratory lessons; teaching process, communication and analytical skills; teaching scientific conceptualization.

Prerequisite:

ED 211

SCED 352Algebra for Secondary School Teaching

Credit:

4

Real numbers, complex numbers, equations; functions (linear, polynomial, exponential, rational and trigonometric functions).

SCED 354Teaching Probability and Statistics

Credit:

3

Elementary probability concepts; introduction to statistics; analysis of learning of probability and
statistics concepts; application of techniques, methods, and strategies for teaching probability and
statistics.

SCED 360Secondary School Science Laboratory Applications II

Credit:

4

Development and application of science experiments designed for secondary school physics and chemistry curricula.

SCED 362Teaching Geometry

Credit:

3

Theories of geometric thinking; teaching of fundamental concepts and axiomatic structures of
Euclidean geometry through construction and proof: Points, lines, planes, angles, congruence,
similarity, transformations, polygons, circles, solids, area, and volume.

SCED 364Foundational Ideas of Pre-Calculus for Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

Credit:

3

Definitions of variable, parameter, and constant, rate-ratio and slope, the concept of function through covariation, sequences, limit, limits of sequences and functions, continuity, derivative, integral, infinite series.

SCED 370Measurement and Assessment in Mathematics and Science Education

Credit:

3

Methods of measurement and assessment in mathematics and science education; reliability, validity and practicality in assessment tools; developing tests measuring higher order thinking skills; grading student performance; item analysis; analysis and discussions of national and international assessments.

Prerequisite:

Consent of the Instructor

SCED 371Teaching Methods in Mathematics

Credit:

3

Nature of mathematics, overview of theories in learning mathematics; examining the development of students’ understanding of fundamental concepts of school mathematics; teaching techniques, methods and strategies for mathematics; analyzing, designing and planning instruction.

SCED 372Teaching Mathematics in Primary Education

Credit:

3

Developing teacher competencies through analysis of teaching-learning processes and goals and
objectives of mathematics curricula; application of strategies, methods, and techniques for teaching
mathematics; critical review of learning tools and environments; micro-teaching applications and
evaluation of instruction.

Prerequisite:

SCED 320 or SCED 371

SCED 376Educational Data Processing

Credit:

4

Computational procedures and quantitative analysis of educational data collected at school settings or elsewhere, arrangement, numerical analysis and interpretation of data.

Prerequisite:

Consent of the instructor

SCED 380Nature of Science in Science Education

Credit:

3

Survey of history, philosophy and sociology of science; their role in science education; pedagogical approaches and strategies to plan, implement and assess the understanding of the nature of science.

SCED 390Curriculum Enrichment for the Science/Mathematics Prone

Credit:

3

Curricular and extra-curricular experiences for the prone students in mathematics and science courses, enrichment programs for the gifted ones.

SCED 404Research Methods in Mathematics and Science Education

Credit:

4

Survey of research methods related to mathematics and science education; planning a small scale
research study focused on these areas.

SCED 406Curriculum Studies in Mathematics and Science Education

Credit:

3

A study of instructional theories and methodologies in mathematics and science education. Major trends and issues in secondary school mathematics and science curricula. Survey and evaluation of textbooks and course materials.

SCED 408Text Analysis in Science and Mathematics Education

Credit:

3

Critical analysis of subject-related text material and educational programs; scrutiny of text in terms of content, comparability with student level, format, stimulation, contribution to meaningful learning and scientific literacy.

Prerequisite:

Consent of the instructor

SCED 410Technological Tools and Applications in Science and Mathematics Education

Credit:

3

Implementation of various technological tools in secondary school science and mathematics education. Software programs for computers. Hand-held tools, online teaching, and learning environments.

SCED 421Teaching Methods in Chemistry

Credit:

3

General and specific objectives of chemistry education, selection and application of appropriate methods and media in teaching chemistry, recent trends and developments in teaching chemistry, micro teaching practices and evaluation of the teaching process.

Prerequisite:

SCED 320

SCED 422Practice Teaching in Chemistry

Credit:

4

Observation of chemistry instruction in schools; design of resource, unit and lesson plans; supervised student teaching in classroom or laboratory.

Prerequisite:

SCED 421, SCED 450

SCED 424Current Trends in Chemistry Education

Credit:

3

SCED 431Teaching Methods in Secondary School Mathematics

Credit:

4

General and specific aims of mathematics secondary education, selection and application of appropriate methods in teaching mathematics concepts, recent trends and developments in teaching mathematics, designing instruction and learning environments, micro-teaching practices and evaluation of the teaching process.

Prerequisite:

SCED 371 or SCED 320

SCED 432Practice Teaching in Mathematics

Credit:

4

Observation of mathematics instruction in schools; design of resource, unit and lesson plans;
supervised student teaching in school settings.

Prerequisite:

SCED 450; SCED 431 (for Undergraduate Program in Secondary School Mathematics Education); PRED 372 or SCED 372 (for Undergraduate Program in Mathematics Education)

SCED 441Teaching Methods in Physics

Credit:

4

General and specific objectives of physics education, selection and application of appropriate methods and media in teaching physics; recent trends and developments in teaching physics; micro teaching practices and evaluation of the teaching process.

Prerequisite:

SCED 320

SCED 442Practice Teaching in Physics

Credit:

4

Observation of physics instruction in schools; design of resource, unit and lesson plans; supervised student teaching in classroom or laboratory.

Prerequisite:

SCED 441, SCED 450

SCED 446Current Trends in Physics Education

Credit:

3

Examining and reflecting on the current topics in research and practice in physics education from
various perspectives.

Prerequisite:

SCED 441, SCED 450

SCED 450Practice Teaching in Mathematics and Science

Credit:

4

Critical observation of educational contexts and processes: school organization, school administration,
teaching, daily routines, school-family cooperation and school resources; ethical issues in the teaching
profession; supervised student teaching.

Prerequisite:

SCED 320 or SCED 371

SCED 454Teaching the History of Mathematics

Credit:

3

Historical origins of topics in primary mathematics curricula. The historical context of problem solving. Famous Mathematicians of the past.

SCED 462Practice Teaching in Science

Credit:

4

Observation of science instruction in schools, design of resource unit and lesson plans, supervised student teaching in classroom or laboratory.

Prerequisite:

SCED 450 and SCED 461

SCED 468Software Selection and Evaluation in Mathematics and Science Education

Credit:

4

Introduction to recent software in mathematics and science instruction; study of principles for selecting appropriate software for specific learning experiences; criteria for evaluating the usefulness of software both for the program and the learner in mathematics and science education.

Prerequisite:

Consent of the instructor

SCED 470Digital Technologies in Mathematics/Science Education

Credit:

4

Understanding of digital technology in mathematics/science education, pedagogical uses of digital
technology, implementation of software or hardware, discussion of using technology in
mathematics/science learning and teaching, design and demonstration of computer assisted teaching.

SCED 472Unit Design in Science/Mathematics Education

Credit:

3

Production of a resource unit for teaching topics in science or mathematics. Preparation of teaching plans including measurement and evaluation procedures.

SCED 474Curriculum Project in Science/Mathematics Education

Credit:

3

An original piece of work by the prospective teachers of science/mathematics; development of texts, apparatus, scripts, films, essays, simulators, computer programs, tests, small scale research, etc. for the improvement of science/mathematics teaching.

SCED 476Experiential Science/Mathematics Learning

Credit:

4

Review of experiential learning approaches; choosing, creating and implementing activities related to experiencing basic science/mathematics concepts and processes, ways of adjusting experiential learning activities to different age groups and learning needs.

SCED 480-489Special Topics in Mathematics and Science Education

Credit:

3

Special topics of current interest in mathematics and science education.

Prerequisite:

Consent of the instructor

SCED 490-499Special Studies in Mathematics and Science Education

Credit:

3

Selected studies suiting the individual needs of the students in mathematics and science education.

Prerequisite:

Consent of the instructor