Foundations of Teaching Math, Science, and Technology Education
There is growing concern that the United States is not preparing a sufficient number of students, teachers and practitioners in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A large majority of secondary school students fail to reach proficiency in math and science, and many are taught by teachers lacking adequate subject matter knowledge.
When compared to other nations, the math and science achievement of U.S. pupils and the rate of STEM degree attainment appear inconsistent with a nation considered the world leader in scientific innovation. In a recent international assessment of 15-year-old students, the U.S. ranked 28th in math literacy and 24th in science literacy. Moreover, the U.S. ranks 20th among all nations in the proportion of 24-year-olds who earn degrees in natural science or engineering. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education CRS Report for Congress)
In order to address this growing crisis, Niagara University is now offering graduate course work for teachers who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in teaching the critical areas of math, science, and technology (MST). The program leads to a master of science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree or a certificate of advanced study (CAS). This program leads to professional certification or an advanced certificate of study in MST meeting both state and national calls for additional expertise in these areas.
Candidates for the MST program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and teaching certification in early childhood, middle childhood, or adolescence (elementary or secondary) education. The 37 credit hour master’s degree program may also be used to satisfy the requirements for professional (permanent) certification in New York state. The program emphasizes the integration of math, science and technology within instruction.
- Develop the skills to use and implement technology in delivering curriculum and instructional content to students and to facilitate the education of learners with disabilities.
- Acquire the knowledge, understanding and strategies necessary for the application of literacy instruction in the disciplines of mathematics, science and technology.
- Improve mathematics, science and technology instruction in the classroom through inquiry-based practices.
- Focus on the nature of MST, mathematical and scientific inquiry, MST in the community, and contemporary issues in MST.
- Focus on how to differentiate instruction in MST content areas.