Montana State University

Intercollege Programs for Science Education

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172805
Bozeman, MT 59717-2805

Tel: (406) 994-5679
Fax: (406) 994-5575
Location: 401 Linfield Hall


Dr. Peggy Taylor

MSSE Advising Information

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A. Registration, “My Info”, Ordering Transcripts

How Do I Register?

Course listings and web registration for our campus or distance courses is accessed from the MSSE website:

The MSU Extended University and Burns Technology Center (BTC) handle all MSSE campus and distance/internet class registration.  Web registration opens about 3 months before the start of each semester. Typically an e-mail from the MSSE office will alert you about the opening of registration.  Be sure to register early for any grant supported classes, as they always fill quickly!

REGISTER AT LEAST ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE START OF CLASS TO ENSURE ENROLLMENT INTO THE CLASS SECTION OF YOUR CHOICE.  Read the course description carefully and order any required texts or materials.  Because classes are “restricted entry” for science educators, you will NOT be able to register through the MSU regular campus web or phone registration system.

When you register online, your payment options are:  check, credit card,  pay online with MyInfo, or Financial Aid or Third Party (such as loans, fee waivers, scholarships, or school district payments).

Check Option: You will send your check to the Extended University.  An address will be provided if you select this option.  You will NOT be registered for the course until your check payment is received.

Credit Card Option:  If you select this option, you will be able to enter your credit card information and then you will be registered for the course you selected.

Pay Online with MyInfo:  When you select this option, you will not pay when you register for your courses.  Instead, your registration will be transferred to your MSU Student Account and then you will pay your bill online prior to the first day of class.  The University Business Services assesses a $10 service charge for this option at point of payment. 

Financial Aid/Third Party:  If you expect to receive a financial aid award from MSU or your institution is paying for your course, select this option.  You will not pay when you register.  Instead, your bill will be transferred to your MSU Student Account and await the posting of your financial aid award or payment from your institution.


Use the “Comment Box” to alert the Registration Coordinator about any special circumstances.  For example, use the “Comment” Box if you have a scholarship, school district tuition support, grant money or other source of tuition payment.  This will alert the Registration Coordinator to contact you via email to confirm any special circumstances.  When you are registering for EDCI 504, EDCI 505, or EDCI 509, indicate your instructor preference.  Your choices are Eric Brunsell, John Graves, Jewel Reuter, or Walt Woolbaugh.  If you do not have a preference, an instructor will be assigned.

Contact the registration coordinator if you need an invoice or bill for your tuition, or by phone at 406-994-7027 or 800-282-6062.

Helpful Hint:  Contact the MSSE Office (406-994-5679 or if you have any questions and/or concerns about course choices. 



The MSU campus website has a secure area for you to see your student account and unofficial transcript.  This is also the place to make changes in contact information (i.e. address, phone, email).  Remember to let the MSSE office know of any changes too!

For “MyInfo”, go to this website:

From the MSU homepage, click on “MY INFO” in the menu bar on the lower portion of the page. Click on “Enter Secure Area.”* On the User Login page, enter your Social Security Number (without dashes) or your Student ID Number (including the preceding dash, e.g. -00000000) as your User ID, and then enter your PIN number.
    1. If you have logged into My Info previously and have forgotten your PIN, please enter your Student ID Number in the User ID box, select the “Forgot PIN” button and follow the directions.
    2. If this is the first time you have ever logged into the My Info system, your initial PIN will be set as your date of birth with a format of ddmonyyyy. For example, if your birthday is January 1, 1970, your initial PIN will be 01jan1970. Please enter your month of birth in lowercase. If you receive a message indicating “Authorization failure”.
    3. After entering your User ID and PIN, if you receive a message indicating “Your PIN has expired,” please re-enter your initial PIN (i.e. your date of birth) in the “Old PIN” box and then create a new PIN, which must be between 8 and 15 characters long, and contain at least one letter and one number. Note: If you add a special character to your PIN such as $,*, %, @, #, or &, you can use your PIN as your password for logging into Desire2Learn. Please remember your PIN for future use and note that your PIN will expire in 180 days.
    4. If you receive a message indicating “Authorization failure”, try using your Social Security Number (without dashes) as your User ID and 01janXXXX, with ‘XXXX’ being the last four digits of your student ID as your PIN. Please note that your Student ID and Social Security Number are not the same number. If this does not work, please call (406) 994-7798 for assistance.
    5. You should next be asked to create two security questions in case you forget your PIN. Please create two security questions and answers.
    6. Once inside the Secure Area of My Info, click on the tab labeled “Personal Information”, and then click on the link labeled “View IDs”. Please take note of your MSU IDs (MSU, D2L and NetID). To log into Desire2Learn, you may use either your D2L ID or NetID as your Username. At this point, you can log out of My Info. Remember to click “exit".
Helpful Hint: If you encounter problems accessing your student record or come across a “HOLD”, contact the Registrar’s Office (406-994-2601).  They will help you determine the reason for the “HOLD” and will direct you to the appropriate office.  If you are unable to resolve the problem, then call the MSSE office.


B. To Order an Official Transcript

To hear the Registrar’s Office recorded announcement of transcript policy, please call 1-406-994-6666. This office only processes requests sent via standard mail, ordered through the online Clearinghouse ( "Online Orders"), or submitted in person.  To order an official transcript, go to: Registrar’s Office website.

Transcript requests are generally processed in 3 to 5 working days, but if you have a specific due date please include that information in your request.

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B.       Financial Aid

Student Loans

The MSU Financial Aid office will assist you with loan information.  Visit them at their MSU Financial Aid website or call 406-994-2845.

To qualify for financial aid you must (1) have admissions into a graduate program of study (or teacher certification) and (2) be registered for a minimum of 6 credits for campus and/or online classes.

NOTE: For summer term two applications must be completed:
You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, in addition, complete a MSU Summer Supplemental Application Form.  Late June is the deadline set by the federal processor.

Student Loan Deferment

You are classified as a “part-time student” (for the purpose of loan deferment) once you are (1) admitted to the MSSE degree program or have non-degree graduate status for “Teacher Certification; and (2) enroll in a minimum of three credits in any semester. Credits may be any combination of campus and/or online courses.

Helpful Hint: MSU enrollment qualifies you for student loan deferment as a part time student in any semester with a minimum 3 credit registration.

MSU participates in a web-based Loan Deferment Clearinghouse that shows enrollment for any semester, with a minimum of 3 credits.  However, some loan institutions require that you file their specific student loan deferment form with the MSU Registrar.  If your loan institution requires such a form, please (1) secure the required form, (2) complete “student” section, and (3) sign.  Include the address where the completed form is sent, e.g., your loan institution or organization.  Typically, this address is found on the back of a two-sided form.

Send your completed form to:
Intercollege Programs for Science Education (IPSE) Department
401 Linfield Hall,  PO Box 172805
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-2805

The "In-School Deferment Request" forms are processed by the Registrar’s office.  Once your mail request is received, the form will be forwarded to the MSU Registrar, who will then process for your loan institution.

Helpful Hint: Most loan institutions use the WEB Clearinghouse, which means you will be covered by an automatic system triggered by your 3 credit MSU registration.


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C.Sample Classes by Department

See MSSE Course Catalog for Course Descriptions.:  

Biology/Ecology/Plant Science
BIOE 513 Terrestrial Ecology of Plains and Prairies (1 cr, online, summer)
BIOE 516 Terrestrial Ecology of the Northern Rocky Mountains (2 cr, campus, summer)
BIOE 519 Biology of Riparian Zones and Wetlands (2 cr, online, summer)
BIOE 520 Understanding and Managing Animal Biodiversity in the GYE (2 cr, campus, summer)
BIOE 522 Birds of Prey of the Yellowstone Ecosystem (2 cr, campus, summer, odd yrs)
BIOE 523 Wildlife Ecology of the Northern Rocky Mountains (2 cr, campus, summer, even yrs)
BIOL 591 Anatomy & Physiology (3 cr, online, summer)
BIOL 591 Ecology of Predators & Prey: Wolves & Elk in Yellowstone National Park (2 cr, campus, winter)
BIOL 591 Examining Life in Extreme Environments (2 cr, campus, summer)
BIOL 591 Land Use Issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (2 cr, campus, summer, even yrs)
BIOL 591 Teaching Evolution (3 cr, online, TBA)
BIOE 591 Ecology & Conservation of World's Marine Ecosystems (2 cr, online, fall)
PSPP 548 Flowering Plants of the Northern Rocky Mountains (2 cr, campus, summer)
PSPP 580 Plants, People, and Health (2 cr, campus, summer, even yrs)
PSPP 580 Biomimicry: the Technology of Biology (2 cr, campus, summer)

Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHMY 500 Exploring Mass Spectrophotometry (1 cr, online, summer)
CHMY 594 Science Lab Safety and Risk Management (1 cr, campus, summer)
CHMY 505 Critical Concepts in Chemistry (3 cr, campus, summer)
CHMY 506 Integrating Computers into Laboratory Instruction (2 cr, campus, summer, even yrs)
CHMY 591 Atoms-First Primer for AP-IB Chemistry (3 cr, online, fall)
CHMY 591 Chemistry of the Environment: Water, Air, Earth (3 cr, online, summer)
CHMY 591 Environmental Measurement:  Sensors & Electronics (3 cr, online, summer)
CHMY 591 Examining Life in Extreme Environments (2 cr, campus, summer)
CHMY 591 Exploring Biochemistry for Teachers (3 cr, online, spring)
CHMY 591 Exploring Chemistry for Middle & High School Teachers (3 cr, onlline, summer)
CHMY 591 Exploring Organic Chemistry for Teachers (3 cr, online, fall)
CHMY 591 Special Topics in Chemistry: Kinetics, Equilibrium, & Thermodynamics
(3 cr, online, spring)

Civil Engineering
ECIV 591 Snow and Avalanche Physics for Teachers (3 cr, online, spring)

Earth Science
ERTH 594 Field Geology Seminar (1 cr, campus, summer)
ERTH 516 Northern Rocky Mountain Geology (2 cr, campus, summer)
ERTH 519 Hydrology of Streams and Lakes (3 cr, online, summer, TBA)
ERTH 591 Historical Geology (3 cr, online, fall)
ERTH 591 K-14 Earth System Science (2 cr, online, fall)
ERTH 591 Geology of Glacier National Park & Surrounding Areas (2 cr, campus, summer, TBA)
GEO 521 Dinosaur Paleontology of Hell Creek Formation (2 cr, campus, summer)
GEO 591 Advanced Paleontology for Teachers (2 cr, campus, summer, even yrs)
GEO 560 Geology of the Yellowstone Volcanic Center (2 cr, campus, summer)
GPHY 591 Global Warming, Climate Change, and our Environment (3 cr, online, TBA)

Education  (Required Core)
EDCI 501 Inquiry through Science & Engineering Practices (2 cr, online, summer and fall)
EDCI 504 Evaluation and Measurement in Education (3 cr, online, fall or spring)
EDCI 505 Foundations of Action Research in Science Teaching and Learning (3 cr, online, spring only)
EDCI 509 Implementing Action Research in Teaching and Learning (3 cr, online, fall semester only)
EDCI 575 Capstone Project/Symposium in Science Education (3 cr, campus, summer)

Education  (Electives)
EDCI 518 Master Teaching Strategies for Science Educators (3 cr, online, spring)
EDCI 536 Construction of Curriculum (3 cr, online, summer)
EDCI 537 Contemporary Issues in Science Education (2 cr, online, summer, odd yrs)
EDCI 591 Environmental Science Education (3 cr, online, fall/spring/summer)
EDCI 591 Technology in the Science Classroom (3 cr, online, summer)
MSSE 591 Capstone Data Analysis (2 cr, online, summer, spring)
MSSE 591 Integrating Literature in the Science Classroom (3 cr, online, spring)
MSSE 591 Web Tools for Teachers (3 cr, online, summer)
MSSE 591 Science Across Cultures (3 cr, online, spring)

Electrical Engineering
ELEE 591 Solar Cell Basics for Teacher (2 cr, campus, summer)

Health and Human Development   
HDFN 524 Teaching Adolescent Nutrition (2 cr, online, summer)
HDFN 526 Nutrition for Fitness and Performance (3 cr, online, fall, even yrs)

Land Resources and Environmental Science
LRES 557 Thermal Biology in Yellowstone National Park (2 cr, campus, summer)
LRES 569 Ecology of Invasive Plants in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
     (2 cr, campus, summer, odd yrs)
LRES 580 Streamside Science (3 cr, online, summer)
LRES 591 Twelve Principles of Soil Science (3 cr, online, fall)
LRES 591 Water Quality (3 cr, online, spring)
LRES 591 Yellowstone Lake Ecology (2 cr, campus, summer)

MATH 518 Statistics for Teachers (3 cr, online, summer)

MB 536 Exploration of Microbiology (3 cr, online, fall)
MB 538 Cell and Molecular Biology (3 cr, campus, summer)
MB 539 Infection and Immunity (3 cr, online, summer, even yrs)
MB 541 Microbial Genetics (3 cr, online, summer, odd yrs)
MB 540 Environmental Microbiology (3 cr, online, spring 2008)
MB 591 Biofilms: the Diversity of Slime (3 cr, online, fall 2007)
MB 591 Current Topics in Microbiology (3 cr, online spring)

PHSX 401 Physics by Inquiry I (3 cr, campus, summer)
PHSX 402 Physics by Inquiry II (3 cr, campus, summer, alt even)
PHSX 403 Physics by Inquiry III (3 cr, campus, summer 2011, alt odd)
PHSX 405 Special Relativity (3 cr, online, fall)
PHSX 480 Conceptual Physics (3 cr, online, spring)
PHSX 511 Astronomy for Teachers (3 cr, online, variable fall and spring)
PHSX 512 General Relativity (3 cr, online, spring)
PHSX 513 Demystifying Quantum Mechanics (3 cr, online, fall)
PHSX 514 Comparative Planetology (3 cr, online, summer)
PHSX 582 Astrobiology for Teachers (3 cr, online, variable fall and spring)
PHSX 583 Invisible Universe: Search for Astronomical Origins
      (3 cr, online, TBA)
PHSX 591 Night and Day Sky for Teachers (2 cr, campus, summer)
PHSX 591 Particle Physics for Teachers (3 cr, online, TBA)
PHSX 591 Studying the Universe with Space Observations (3 cr, online, TBA)
PHSX 591 Teaching Electronics & Magnetism Using Research-Based Curriculum
      (2 cr, campus, summer, odd yrs)
PHSX 591 Teaching Mechanics Using Research-Based Curriculum (2 cr, campus, summer, even yrs)
PHSX 591 Using Robotics in Lunar Explorations (3 cr, online, spring)

See MSSE Course Catalog for more information.  

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D.     Summer Campus Housing Options

Dorm Housing

Dorm rooms are available for summer MSSE participants in Hannon Hall.  Hannon Hall is a dorm used primarily for adults in summer.  It has a good location in the center of campus, near academic buildings and library and houses a computer lab.  This is the nicest dorm on campus with single and double rooms.  You are welcome to have a spouse or friend use this dorm too!  Hannon Hall has a large lawn area on the south side and is located close to the Student Union Cafeteria and other dining establishments.

This is a good residence option for you and is the best option if you are attending a one-week session!  Detailed Hannon Hall information, including room floor plan, furniture & equipment, is found at the Residence & Life campus web site.

Summer Prices                                                    Double                        Single 
1 to 14 days                                                          $21/day                       $26/day
Each additional day                                              $10/day                       $12.50/day

Hannon Hall RESERVATIONS for Hannon Hall may be completed at the MSU Conference Services Accommodations website. 

In addition to the link to the housing registration, this page also contains useful information for individuals staying on campus, as well as links to area information.

Or contact Conference Services by phone or fax, and mention that you are part of the MSSE Program.  Be sure to indicate the exact dates you plan to be in residence.  No deposit is required to make a reservation, but full payment is expected at Check-In.  Cancellations made less than one week prior to the arrival date will result in a charge of the first night's stay.  Charges will be assessed for all reservation dates for any rooms not released by 5 pm on the day of check-in. Children under six will be half price. All reservations, changes, and cancellations must be received in writing.  Participants can register through the web, email, fax, or mail.  No reservations or changes will be accepted by phone.  Payment may be made prior to arrival or at the time of check-in. Please make reservations early.

Rooms include linens (two sheets, mattress pad, pillow case, pillow, and blanket), towels, and bath soap.  Linens and towels can be changed as often as the guests like by bringing used linens to the front desk in exchange for clean ones.

For safety reasons, a re-key charge of $48.00 will be charged for all lost or damaged keys.

Parking hang-tags are required Monday-Friday for summer housing guests.  Tags can be purchased at the residence hall front desk.

Please make reservations EARLY!  Register On-line at:
MSU Conference Services Accommodations

or contact Conference Services by phone (406-994-6583) or email (

Food Service

Miller Dining Hall is located across campus from Hannon Hall.  See campus map.  Meal charges and hours are:






7-8:00 am



12-1:00 pm



5-6:00 pm

Union Market in Strand Union Building
Meal prices vary. Summer hours are tentatively scheduled for 7:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Students utilizing the Miller Dining Hall or the Union Market food services can have prearranged billing or use the "CAT Card" credit system. We suggest you wait until you arrive on campus to explore these options.

Family & Graduate Housing

The Family and Graduate Housing Office (FGHO) provides information and a housing application at the time of graduate admissions.  In addition, housing information can be found at the MSU Family and Graduate Housing website.  If you prefer an apartment and/or plan to have a family with you on campus this summer, you must submit an application to Family and Graduate Housing with a $100 deposit.  Housing assignments are made by order of application date.  Apply early to increase the chance of getting the unit of your choice!  Be sure to indicate the exact dates you plan to be in residence.  Family and Graduate Housing require a 30-day notice to terminate their month to month contract. IMPORTANT NOTE: Housing units will not be assigned until after the spring semester ends. Contact or call 994-3730 for more details.

All FGHO housing options require a minimum rental charge of one month.  One-month rent (including utilities) ranges from approximately $317 per person for a 2-bedroom unfurnished apartment to approximately $735 for a 3-bedroom furnished apartment with amenities.  Rates vary depending on location and size of the unit.  There are 300 units available (linens, shower curtain, waste-basket, and cooking/eating utensils are NOT included). See Family and Graduate Housing for more details, including specific rent and location, for the various types of housing.

A parking pass is included with the rental charge for Family and Graduate Housing units.

DAY CARE is available for children 2 1/2 years through Kindergarten and several day care homes are situated in Family and Graduate Housing for young children.


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E.      Guide for Program of Study Preparation

The 30 credit MSSE degree program requires the following:

  1. Fourteen (14) credits of core education classes (listed below);
  2. Minimum twelve (12) credits of science courses from two or more content areas; and
  3. Four (4) credits of elective courses which may be any combination of education, mathematics and/or science credits accepted by the graduate committee as appropriate.

EDCI 501 Inquiry through Science & Engineering Practices (2 credits)**
EDCI 504 Assessment and Evaluation (3 credits), enroll fall or spring
EDCI 505 Foundations in Action Research (3 credits), enroll spring only
EDCI 509 Implementing Action Research (3 credits), enroll fall only
EDCI 575 Capstone Project/Symposium in Science Education (3 credits), enroll summer only

**The MSSE Steering Committee approved MSSE 501 as one of the required education core courses. This requirement will be initiated with graduate students admitted for Fall 2013.

Important Reminder:  classes listed above are required education classes for the MSSE degree.  You must complete EDCI 504 and EDCI 505 BEFORE you are eligible to enroll into EDCI 509.


Select science courses from at least two (or more) science content areas, such as Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Land Resources and Environmental Science, Microbiology, Nutrition, Physics, and Plant Science, or other appropriate content area.  The MSSE Graduate Program must include a minimum of 12 credits of science content classes from two or more science content areas.  You must do a minimum of one Montana-based lab or field course (2 credits) (e.g., you may not do all of your science classes as online coursework).  Any 400 or 500 level Extended University online class for middle or secondary teachers is appropriate for the MSSE degree program with committee approval.
Note 1:  “EDCI” and "MSSE" classes are education classes, even when the area is “science education”.  The credits may not be used for science content credit for the MSSE degree, but may be used as elective credits.
Note 2:  MSU classes with the number “588” (workshops or professional development) may not be used for a graduate degree program of study.

Four credits of electives are selected from any combination of education, science, or mathematics classes.  Additional classes will become available as course development is completed and approved.

The graduate program of study listing a minimum of 30 credits of course work must be filed with the Division of Graduate Education. The MSSE advisors will contact you when you are enrolled in EDCI 505 to begin drafting your Program of Study. Upon completion of the graduate plan, the MSSE advisors will file your Program of Study with the Graduate School. At a later date, if you decide to enroll in a science or education elective course not included on your Program of Study, this will handled by submitting a Program of Study Change form the semester before you graduate.

Helpful Hint: It is never too early to draft a program.  If you wish to transfer credits into the program, you should file your program in your first semester. Contact the MSSE office to begin your program of study draft.


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F. Program of Study

Three samples of different Programs of Study are included below. Sample 1 illustrates completion of the MSSE degree in 2 1/2 years. No transfer or non-degree credits are included. Sample 2 provides an example of transfer credits from another institution and illustrates the opportunity to take EDCI 504 and EDCI 505 during the same semester in preparation for enrolling in EDCI 509 for the fall semester. Sample 3 includes transfer credits from MSU taken prior to admissions to the MSSE degree program and illustrates a program that is completed over four years.

Note: In each sample, the bolded black lettering indicates the required core education courses; the highlighted blue lettering indicates science and/or education elective courses taken at MSU; and the highlighted red lettering indicates transfer credits taken at another institution or MSU.

Program of Study Sample 1

Program of Study Sample 2

Program of Study Sample 3


To download a Program of Study Excel Spreadsheet, go to

Program of Study form


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G. Faculty Graduate Committee

You must have a 3-member faculty graduate committee before your final program year to advise your Capstone Project.  Graduate committee members are typically selected because they have the unique attributes to advise your project.  Students often select faculty they know from completed coursework.

The first committee member is the MSSE Director who serves as your academic advisor and is designated the Committee Chairperson.  You select the other two (2) committee members.

The second committee member is the Project Advisor.  You want a faculty member interested in your topic area and therefore is usually your EDCI 505 and/or EDCI 509 instructor. 

The third committee member is the Project Reader.  The Reader takes a less active role in project advising, but is asked to approve the project proposal, done in consultation with the major advisor.  Both project advisors must approve the project proposal and the final project professional paper.  The MSSE Director, listed as chairperson, does NOT generally advise the capstone project.   Your oral exam is conducted by the Capstone Project Advisor and Project Reader.

One advisor must be from a science content department and the other advisor must be from science education.  The Project Advisor is usually from science education, but may be from science or science education, this is your choice.  Pick your Project Advisor with care, as you work closely with him/her on the capstone project.  Often the Project Reader plays a minor advising role.  This may vary somewhat between advisors, but the norm on campus is for the Project Advisor to take primary responsibility.

Helpful Hint: Select your Project Advisor and Project Reader before your final academic year.  If you do not select two advisors by mid-September, faculty advisors will be assigned to your graduate committee.


Work closely with your Project Advisor to develop initial project ideas, focus the study, and craft the focus question for your research.  Frequently students start with too broad a scope.  Your Project Advisor ensures your study is reasonable for a 3-credit Capstone Project.

You will learn about types of data, data collection and data analysis in core classes (EDCI 504 & EDCI 505) and conduct an action research project for EDCI 509.  These education classes prepare you for developing and researching your Capstone Project.

Once you and your Project Advisor agree to the focus question and methods, you must enlist the support of your Project Reader.  Advisors approve projects that are well planned and executed.  Getting prior approval from project advisors is critical to project success.

To view a sample of a completed Committee form, go to

Program of Study Committee form

Helpful Hint: Communication with the Project Advisor and Reader is critical to capstone project success.  You are expected to initiate that communication.  Depending on your project and Project Advisor’s style, plan an appropriate schedule to regularly meet via e-mail or phone.


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G. Faculty and Staff Directory

Go to Faculty/Staff Directory for list of Advisors.


H. Capstone Project


Each Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) student, with the cooperation of her or his graduate committee, identifies and completes a science education capstone project. Each project is designed to provide experience and information that aids our understanding of science teaching-learning or science curriculum.  The capstone project topic is identified during the first year of the student's graduate program and relates to science education in the MSSE student's educational setting; it links multiple courses in the student's program of study in both the core and science content areas.  A student begins the capstone in the fall of the final year by submitting a brief proposal to his/her advisor.

During the spring semester, students participate in the Capstone Forum. The Capstone Forum is an online forum in D2L that requires student participation during the spring before the capstone presentation. It is where the student will continue communication with their advisor regarding the capstone project/paper and will receive important information on the requirements and deadlines from the MSSE office regarding capstone week and graduation. Your participation is mandatory and part of the EDCI 575 capstone course that students will register for during the summer. No formal registration by the student for the Capstone Forum is required as the student will be automatically entered.

Students earn a total of three credits for the capstone project, EDCI 575 Capstone Project, in the final summer of degree completion.  The results of each student’s capstone project are summarized in a written, professional paper completed the final summer.  In addition, each student presents their capstone project to their committee, their classmates, and other interested people as part of the " Symposium in Science Education."


Focus Question: Each capstone project has a focus question that addresses a current topic in science education.  The question must be researchable and relevant to science education.

Conceptual Framework: The framework of concepts, principles and theories underlying and informing the project is a synthesis of science and education topics.  It is based on modern and innovative approaches and ideas documented in the existing literature.

Methods: Appropriate methods for answering the focus question are selected and used to generate data.

Data and Analysis: Data is expected to stand tests of validity and reliability.  Analysis is appropriate to the question and setting of the study.

Interpretation: Student interpretations of results should lead to clarification or resolution of the focus question.  The project's claims are expected to meet criteria for validity.

Value:  The project is part of the student's professional development.  The results are expected to generate new questions.  The project is expected to have implications for teaching-learning beyond the individual MSSE student's classroom.

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J. MSU Campus Map

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