Summer Master's Degree Programs

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Mathematics Education

The Master of Science Degree in Mathematics under the Mathematics Education Option is designed for practicing high school mathematics teachers. The degree consists of 30 semester hours of course work.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of secondary mathematics teachers, the core courses and electives are drawn from common core content including mathematical modeling, statistics, algebra, geometry, analysis and discrete mathematics, as well as pedagogy courses focusing on technology, standards, curriculum and assessment. The program of study emphasizes inquiry-based learning and use of technology in the context of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. Classroom research projects give teachers the opportunity to try new ideas for improving mathematics teaching and learning in their schools.

Courses are offered on the Bozeman campus each summer. Additionally, two Internet-based courses are offered each summer, fall, and spring.

All course credits may be applied toward teacher recertification.

Courses

Summer Session 2014, which begins June 9 and ends July 25 for Mathematics Education, will include the following courses:

  • On-Campus Courses

    Enroll through the Office of the Registrar:
    June 16 - July 3
    M 524 - Algebra for Teachers
    3 credits
    M 517 - Mathematical Modeling for Teachers
    3 credits

  • Distance Delivery Courses 

    Enroll through the Office of the Registrar:
    June 9 - July 25
    M 523 - Number Structures for Teachers
    3 credits
    Enroll through Extended University, Office of Continuing Education:
    June 9 - July 25
    M 518 - Statistics for Teachers
    3 credits

More Information

For more information about the Master of Science in Mathematics – Mathematics Education option. Consult our website or contact:

Jennifer Luebeck
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2400
(406) 994-5341
luebeck@math.montana.edu

Science Education (MSSE)

Designed to be completed in two Summer Sessions with five or more semesters interim distance learning course work.

The Master of Science in Science Education degree program is designed for practicing science educators. This intercollege-interdisciplinary degree is sponsored by the colleges of Agriculture; Education, Health and Human Development; Letters and Science; and The Graduate School at MSU.  The degree program is coordinated by Intercollege Programs for Science Education.

Thirty semester credits of course work are required for the degree. The program of study includes distance courses that students take by computer-mediated conferencing from their homes or work places and summer campus courses. The program ends with an on-campus summer session in which the student presents the culminating capstone project.

All students complete core courses (12 credits) in education and develop interdisciplinary combinations of courses (18 credits) from offerings in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, microbiology, physics, and other areas.  About three-fourths of the courses are offered through a distance learning mode of instruction.

Each student is advised by a three-person faculty graduate committee, and graduate programs are designed taking into account the student's background, interests, and career goals.

Courses

Summer Session 2014 will include the following courses:

  • On-Campus Courses
    Courses are restricted entry. For more information and registration details, contact dianap@montana.edu or (406) 994-5679.
    • June 9-13
      • CSCI 591 - Computer Science in the Classroom: Introduction to Computational Thinking
        2 credits
    • June 16-20
      • BIOL 520 - Understanding and Managing Animal Biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
        2 credits
      • PHSX 591 - Teaching Mechanics
        2 credits
      • PSPP 591 - Flowering Plants of the Northern Rocky Mountains
        2 credits
    • June 18-20
      • MB 538 - Cell and Molecular Biology (1st of 2 weeks)
        2 credits
    • June 23-27
      • EELE 591 - Solar Cell Basics
        2 credits
      • ERTH 516 - Northern Rocky Mountain Geology
        2 credits
      • LRES 547 - Thermal Biology in Yellowstone National Park
        2 credits
      • MB 538 - Cell and Molecular Biology (2nd of 2 weeks)
    • June 28
      • ERTH 594 - Field Geology: Bahama Montana
        1 credit
    • June 29-July 5 (July 4 is a holiday - no classes)
      • EDCI 575 - MSSE Capstone Project and Symposium in Science Education
        Note: Summer 2014 graduate candidates only
        3 credits
    • June 30-July 3
      • BIOL 591 - Land Use Issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
        2 credits
      • CHMY 594 - Science Lab Safety and Risk Management
        1 credit
    • July 7-11
      • BIOE 523 - Wildlife Ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
        2 credits
      • LRES 569 - Ecology of Invasive Plants
        2 credits
      • PHSX 401 - Physics by Inquiry (1st of 2 weeks)
        3 credits
      • PSPP 591 - Biomimicry: The Technology of Biology
        2 credits
    • July 7-12
      • GEO 521 - Dinosaur Paleontology
        2 credits
    • July 14-18
      • BIOL 591 - Ecology of Trout Streams
        2 credits
      • GEO 560 - Geology of Yellowstone Volcanic Center
        2 credits
      • PHSX 401 - Physics by Inquiry I (2nd of 2 weeks)
    • July 21-25
      • BIOL 591 - Alpine Ecology
        2 credits
      • LRES 591 - Lake Ecology
        2 credits
      • PHSX 402 - Physics by Inquiry II (1st of 2 weeks)
        3 credits 
    • July 28 - Aug. 1 
      • ERTH 591 - Geology of Glacier National Park
        2 credits
      • PHSX 402 - Physics by Inquiry II (2nd of 2 weeks)
  • Distance Delivery Courses
    Enroll through Extended University, Office of Continuing Education.  For more information and registration details, visit the MSSE website or call (406) 994-5679.
    • June 16 - Aug. 1
       
      Note: Individual course lengths may vary. Exact dates will be included when the course descriptions are posted online.
      • BIOE 513 - Terrestrial Ecology of Plains and Prairies
        1 credit
      • BIOE 519 - Biology of Riparian Zones and Wetlands
        2 credits
      • BIOE 591 - Anatomy and Physiology
        3 credits
      • CHMY 591 - Exploring Chemistry for Teachers
        3 credits
      • CHMY 591 - Exploring Biochemistry for Teachers II
        3 credits
      • CHMY 591 - Chemistry of the Environment: Water, Air, Earth
        3 credits
      • EDCI 536 - Construction of Curriculum
        3 credits
      • MB 591 - Biofilms: The Biodiversity of Slime
        3 credits
      • MSSE 501 - Inquiry Through Science and Engineering Practices
        2 credits
      • MSSE 591 - Capstone Data Analysis
        2 credits
      • MSSE 591 - Web Tools for Science Teachers
        3 credits

More Information

For more information about the Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) Program. Visit our website or contact:

Diana Paterson
MSSE Associate Director
401 Linfield Hall, P.O. Box 172805
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2805
(406) 994-5679
dianap@montana.edu