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    EMS 204 Introduction to Mathematics Education 2.
    Prerequisite: ED 100; Corequisite: ED 204.

    This course introduces students to the teaching of Mathematics in middle and high schools. Students will become familiar with state mathematics standards and national recommendations for teaching mathematics. The course has a required fieldwork component in local K-12 schools, and students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the schools. Students are required to purchase internship liability insurance to participate in this course. Contact University Insurance & Risk Managemnt for details on acquiring the insurance and the current charge. This course is restricted to Teacher Education majors.

    EMS 205 Introduction to Teaching Science 2.
    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; Corequisite: ED 204.

    Introduces perspective teachers to the teaching of science in the middle school and high school. Topics include nature of the science learner, common alternative conceptions in science, introduction to science teaching strategies, and the science curriculum in middle and high school. Sophomore status or higher is required. Sophomore status or higher is required.

    EMS 296 Special Topics in Education 1-3.

    Individual or group study of particular areas of education at the freshman and sophomore levels. Specific topics will vary from semester to semester.

    EMS 373 Instructional Materials in Science 3.
    Prerequisite or Corequisite: EMS 205 and ED 204.

    Development and selection of teaching materials that reflect concepts of content and emphasis in middle and secondary school science. Experimental and laboratory approaches, including use of microcomputer and video technologies.2 lecture hours and 6 lab hours per week for 7 weeks.

    EMS 375 Methods of Teaching Science I 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 205, ED 204.

    Classroom, laboratory, and internship experiences for pre-service teachers to effectively prepare, plan and assess learning environments in the middle and secondary science classroom and instructional laboratory. Emphasis placed on knowledge, skills, and dispositions for inquire-based learning environments.

    EMS 470 Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics 3.
    Prerequisite: Admission to professional semester.

    Purposes, methods, curricula and evaluation practices for teaching mathematics in middle school and high school.Taught during the first seven weeks of the semester.

    EMS 471 Student Teaching in Mathematics 1-12.
    Prerequisite: Admission to professional semester, Corequisite: EMS 470.

    Supervised experience in a selected middle or secondary school for the semester, to develop and practice the skills and techniques for teaching mathematics. Students are required to provide their own transportation. MED, MSM and MSD majors only.

    EMS 472 Teaching Mathematics Topics in Senior High School 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 480 passed with a C or better.

    Preparation for teaching mathematics from both the college repertoire (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, advanced mathematics) and general courses (pre-algebra, technical and consumer mathematics) offered in grades 9-12. This course includes a school-based field experience. Students are required to provide their own transportation. MED Majors only.

    EMS 474 Teaching Mathematics Topics in the Middle Grades 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 480 passed with a C or better.

    Methods of teaching arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and pre-algebra topics in grades 6-9. Emphasizes approaches that actively involve learners and relate operations on concrete and pictorial representations to mathematical symbols. This course includes a school-based field experience. Students are required to provide their own transportation. MSM Majors only.

    EMS 475 Methods of Teaching Science II 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 375.

    Goals, methods, curricula, and evaluation practices in teaching the physical and biological sciences at the middle and secondary school levels.Taught during the fall.

    EMS 476 Student Teaching in Science 1-12.
    Prerequisite: EMS 475; and Corequisite: EMS 495.

    Supervised experience in a selected middle or secondary school for the semester, to develop and practice the skills and techniques for teaching Science. Students are required to provide their own transportation. SED and MSS majors only. Students are required to purchase internships liability insurance to participate in student teaching. Contact University Insurance & Risk Management for details on acquiring the insurance and the current charge.

    EMS 480 Teaching Mathematics with Technology 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 204 with a B- or better; MA 131 or 141.

    Prepares prospective mathematics teachers to use technology in their classrooms to assist students in formulating and solving math problems in the middle and high school mathematics curricula.

    EMS 490 School Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective 3.
    Prerequisite: MA 403 or MA 407, MA 308 or MA 408, MA 205 or MA 305 or MA 405.

    This course will serve as a culminating experience for all students majoring in mathematics education and intending to become high school mathematics teachers. Course content includes functions in both secondary and collegiate mathematics, development of euclidean geometry from euclid's elements, and historical overview of albebra, and other mathematics subject matter, a trigonometry review from both triangle basis and funtion basis, connections between linear algebra and the high school presentation of matrices, and other topics. For Math Education majors only.

    EMS 495 Senior Seminar in Mathematics and Science Education 1-3.
    Prerequisite: Advanced Undergraduate standing.

    In-depth investigation of one or more teaching areas in mathematics or science education.

    EMS 496 Special Topics in Education 1-3.
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

    Individual or group study of special topics in professional education. The topic and mode of study are determined by the faculty member after discussion with the student.

    EMS 505 Methods of Teaching Science I 3.

    Graduate students new to science teaching will read current research literature that defines best practices and incorporate these practices to lesson planning that enhances student learning. Classroom, laboratory, and school-based experiences in middle and secondary science classrooms and instructional laboratories will help students to effectively prepare, plan, and assess learning environments. Emphasis placed on the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions for inquiry-based learning environments. Underlying theoretical framework is constructivism, and experiences will be discussed using current learning theory. PBS or Graduate Standing.

    EMS 506 Methods of Teaching Science II 3.

    Second course in the MAT science series. Students will plan units of instruction for student teaching, and an emphasis is placed on planning for classroom management and student diversity. Current theoretical frameworks are emphasized in the context of practical field experiences. PBS or Graduate Standing.

    EMS 510 Interactions In the Mathematics Classroom 3.

    This course focuses on interactions between students and teachers in the mathematics classroom. Topics studied will include: whole class instruction, small group activity, questioning and facilitating classroom discussion. This course will include a field experience in the schools for which students will be required to provide their own transportation. Course restricted to mathematics education students in the MED, MS or MAT programs.

    EMS 512 Teaching and Learning Elementary and Middle Grades Mathematics 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 471.

    Focus on theory, research, and methodology of teaching and learning mathematics in elementary and middle grades. Emphasizes the development of a foundation for understanding and assessing mathematical growth and learning through historical and psychological sources, research, and reflective practice. Emphasis is placed upon understanding how children come to learn elementary mathematics meaningfully and what this necessarily implies about the way mathematics is taught and how elementary and middle grades education can be improved.

    EMS 513 Teaching and Learning of Algebraic Thinking 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 471 or equivalent teaching experience..

    Teaching and learning of algebra from a developmental perspective; research-based methods for developing students' algebraic thinking; structure and processes used in algebra. Focus on how students develop algebraic ideas from upper elementary grades through Algebra I.

    EMS 514 Teaching and Learning of Geometric Thinking 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 471 and either MA 308 or MA 408.

    Focus will be on the development of geometric thinking in grades K-12 using multiple instructional approaches, including technology, and considered using different theories of learning and frameworks (e.g., Van Hiele, SOLO taxonomy). Topics may include: measurement, similarity, congruence, properties of 2 and 3 dimensional figures, circles, non-Euclidean geometries. Synthetic, analytic and transformational, formal and informal approaches will be highlighted.

    EMS 519 Teaching and Learning of Statistical Thinking 3.
    Prerequisite: ST 507 or ST 511.

    This course is designed to bridge theory and practice on how students develop understandings of key concepts in data analysis, statistics, and probability. Discussion of students' understandings, teaching strategies and the use of manipulatives and technology tools. Topics include distribution, measures of center and spread, sampling, sampling distribution, randomness, and law of large numbers. Must complete a first level graduate statistics course ( ST 507, ST 511, or equivalent) before enrolling.

    EMS 521 Advanced Methods in Science Education I 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Science Education.

    Current research literature will guide the development of plans to improve classroom teaching practices. Action research used to evaluate instructional impact of modifications to classroom strategies. What it means to teach science, what it means to teach a diverse population of students and how to develop, interpret, and implement alternative assessment.

    EMS 522 Advanced Methods in Science Education II 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 521 and graduate standing in Science Education.

    Examines science instruction through analysis of curriculu, instructional practices, current research on science learning and teaching. Five areas of interest: curriculum, instruction, assessment, diversity, learning environments and technology in science education.

    EMS 531 Introduction to Research in Science Education 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Science Education.

    Introduction to techniques and designs specific to and/or in the context of science education research. Analyze and critique findings of other science education researchers in current science education research literature. Perform and interpret quantitative and qualitative analyses commonly used in science education research. Carry out research project focusing on an aspect of science ducation, communicate research findings in both oral and written form.

    EMS 570 Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics 3.

    Purposes, methods, curricula and evaluation practices for teaching mathematics in middle school and high school. Taught during the first seven weeks of the semester. Credit for both EMS 470 and EMS 570 is not allowed.

    EMS 572 Teaching Mathematics Topics in Senior High School 3.

    Preparation for teaching mathematics from both the college preparatory (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, advanced mathematics) and general courses (pre-algebra, technical and consumer mathematics) in grades 9-12. Credit for both EMS 472 and EMS 572 not allowed.

    EMS 573 Technology Tools for Science Teaching 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing or alternative license program.

    Project-based course to improve the understanding and use of technology tools useful in science teaching. Computer and calculator based laboratory probeware and software, imaging and presentation technologies. Research-based evaluation of tool use in the science laboratory and classroom.

    EMS 575 Foundations Of Science Education 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 475.

    Study and analysis of philosophical, historical, sociological, political and economic factors affecting science education in schools of the U.S. Implications for science education of various learning theories along with models for curriculum development and program planning. Critical analysis of current trends, issues and problems in science education in terms of multiple perspectives.

    EMS 577 Improving Classroom Instruction In Science 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 475.

    Application of major principles of education and psychology to improvement of science teaching in elementary, middle and secondary schools. Emphasis on critical analysis of research and the development of research-based classroom applications. Goalsand objectives of science teaching, instructional strategies, development or selection of science materials, evaluation of achievement and elements of a desirable classroom climate.

    EMS 580 Teaching Mathematics with Technology 3.

    Prepares mathematics teachers to use technology in their classrooms to assist students in formulating and solving math problems in the middle and high school mathematics curricula. Credit not allowed for both EMS 480 and EMS 580.

    EMS 581 Advanced Applications of Technology in Mathematics Education 3.

    Research-based applications of technology tools in secondary and middle school mathematics. Advanced use of various technology tools for learning and teaching mathematics, including design of technology environments, appropriate investigation tasks, and professional development.

    EMS 592 Special Problems In Mathematics Teaching 1-6.
    Prerequisite: EMS 471.

    In-depth investigation of topical problems in mathematics teaching chosen from areas of curriculum, methodology, technology, supervision and research.

    EMS 594 Special Problems In Science Teaching 1-3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 476.

    In-depth investigation of topics in science education not covered in existing courses. Includes critical analysis of research and may include field work. May be offered on individual basis or as a class.

    EMS 621 Special Problems In Mathematics Teaching 1-6.
    Prerequisite: EMS 471.

    In-depth investigation of topical problems in mathematics teaching chosen from areas of curriculum, methodology, technology, supervision and research.

    EMS 622 Special Problems In Science Teaching 1-6.
    Prerequisite: EMS 476.

    In-depth investigation of topics in science education not covered in existing courses. Includes critical analysis of research and may include field work. May be offered on individual basis or as a class.

    EMS 630 Independent Study in EMS 1-3.

    Detailed investigation of topics of particular interest to graduate students under faculty direction on a tutorial basis. Determination of credits and content by faculty member in consultation with department head.

    EMS 641 Practicum In Science and Mathematics Education 1-6.
    Prerequisite: EMS 770 or EMS 775.

    Supervised practicum in appropriate settings both on- and off-campus. Provision for opportunity for development, implementation and evaluation in science and mathematics in clinical environment under faculty supervision.

    EMS 651 Internship In Mathematics And Science Education 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Nine hrs. in grad. level courses.

    Utilizing the participant-observed role, required participation in selected educational situations with emphasis upon development of observational skills, ability to record relevant observations by means of written journals, skills in analyzing experiences identifying critical incidents and projection of events and consequences. Student required to develop possible alternative courses of action in various situations, select one of the alternatives and evaluate consequences of selected course of action.

    EMS 675 Portfolio Development 1.

    Techniques of portfolio construction for documenting attainment of advanced competencies in science training.For students in the last or next to last semester of coursework in the Science Education Masters Program.

    EMS 685 Master's Supervised Teaching 1-3.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.

    EMS 686 Teaching In College 3.

    Focus on development of competencies to perform fundamental tasks of a college teacher as well as consideration of more long-range tasks such as course development and university responsibilities of a professor. In addition to attending lectures andother types of presentations, students make video tapes of their teaching, develop tests, design introductory courses in their teaching fields and consider current issues related to university and college teaching.

    EMS 688 Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration - Half Time Registration 1.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc.

    EMS 689 Non-Thesis Master Continuous Registration - Full Time Registration 3.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain full-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc. Students may register for this course a maximum of one semester.

    EMS 690 Master's Examination 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    For students in non thesis master's programs who have completed all other requirements of the degree except preparing for and taking the final master's exam.

    EMS 692 Research Projects In Mathematics and Science Education 1-3.
    Prerequisite: ELP 532.

    A project or problem in research in education for graduate students, supervised by members of the graduate faculty. The research chosen on basis of individual students' interests and not to be part of thesis or dissertation research.

    EMS 693 Master's Supervised Research 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.

    EMS 695 Master's Thesis Research 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    Thesis research.

    EMS 696 Summer Thesis Research 1.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to thesis research.

    EMS 699 Master's Thesis Preparation 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    For students who have completed all credit hour requirements and full-time enrollment for the master's degree and are writing and defending their theses.

    EMS 703 Teaching Mathematics and Science In Higher Education 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 770, 621 or 622, Graduate standing.

    Examination of collegiate mathematics and science instruction with respect to goals and objectives, design of courses and curricula, innovative programs and facilities, and methods and materials for instruction.

    EMS 704 Curriculum Development and Evaluation In Science and Mathematics 3.
    Prerequisite: 500-level statistics, PSY 535.

    Critical study of elements of curriculum design and theory in mathematics education and science education and examination of evaluation procedures for assessing educational innovations.

    EMS 705 Education and Supervision Of Teachers Of Mathematics and Science 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 770 or 621 or 622.

    Critical analysis of theories, programs and techniques designed to promote interpersonal interactions leading to more effective teaching of science and mathematics.

    EMS 711 Research on the Teaching and Learning of Math at Secondary and Early College Levels 3.

    This course familiarizes students with theories and research related to mathematical thinking, learning and teaching at the secondary and early college levels with a focus on the following topics: function, expressions and equations, geometry, proof, limit, calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra. Students will apply theories to analyze secondary and freshmen/sophomore standing mathematical thinking, synthesize research findings, explain difficulties students experience, and design and conduct research. Restriction: at least 18 hrs of 400-500 level mathematics and a PhD student in Mathematics Education.

    EMS 712 Teaching Mathematics In Elementary and Junior High School 3 .
    Prerequisite: EMS 471.

    Comprehensive study of teaching mathematics in elementary and junior high schools. Major emphasis on building skills in teaching arithmetic, elementary algebra and intuitive geometry. Thorough search of literature relative to mathematics curricula conducted, designing and sequencing of learning activities, teaching mathematical concepts and relationships, building skill in computation, reading mathematics, problem solving and measurement.

    EMS 730 Trends and Issues in Science Education 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    Provides an in-depth examination and analysis of literature and research in science education as well as current trends in science education reform. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of theoretical models of inquiry. Course includes the development of a review of literature and the formation of research questions specific to science education.

    EMS 731 Fundamentals of Research in Science Education: Qualitative and Quantitative Inqu 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ST 507 or 511, Corequisite: ST 508 or 512.

    Analyze the range of research designs currently utilized by science education reseachers. Develop an understanding of the assumptions and frameworks of different types of inquiry in science education. A brief history of research in science education is examined as a means to orient students to the trends that have taken place. Read, comprehend, and critically analyze qualitative and quantitative designs in science education.

    EMS 732 Theoretical and Critical Perspectives of Science Education 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    Examines current theoretical and critical perspectives of science education. Examines a variety of approaches which re-assess cultural notions of meaning, identity, power, and representation in the sciences and science education. Applies research theory to reform in science education.

    EMS 770 Foundations Of Mathematics Education 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 471.

    The current status of mathematics education with special emphasis on study and critical analysis of current practices in mathematics instruction from elementary school through college.

    EMS 775 Foundations Of Science Education 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 475.

    Study and analysis of philosophical, historical, sociological, political and economic factors affecting science education in schools of the U.S. Implications for science education of various learning theories along with models for curriculum development and program planning. Critical analysis of current trends, issues and problems in science education in terms of multiple perspectives.

    EMS 777 Improving Classroom Instruction In Science 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 475.

    Application of major principles of education and psychology to improvement of science teaching in elementary, middle and secondary schools. Emphasis on critical analysis of research and the development of research-based classroom applications. Goalsand objectives of science teaching, instructional strategies, development or selection of science materials, evaluation of achievement and elements of a desirable classroom climate.

    EMS 786 Teaching in College 3.

    Focus on development of competencies to perform fundamental tasks of a college teacher as well as consideration of more long-range tasks such as course development and university responsibilities of a professor. In addition to attending lectures andother types of presentations, students make video tapes of their teaching, develop tests, design introductory courses in their teaching fields and consider current issues related to university and college teaching.

    EMS 792 Special Problems in Math Teaching 3-6.

    In-depth investigation of topical problems in mathematics teaching chosen from areas of curriculum, methodology, technology, supervision and research.

    EMS 794 Special Problems in Science Teaching 3-6.
    Prerequisite: EMS 476.

    In-depth investigation of topics in science education not covered in existing courses. Includes critical analysis of research and may include field work. May be offered on individual basis or as a class.

    EMS 802 Seminar In Mathematics Education 1-12.
    Prerequisite: Departmental Majors.

    In-depth examination and analysis of literature and research in a particular topic(s) in mathematics education.

    EMS 803 Seminar In Science Education 2.
    Prerequisite: Department Majors.

    In-depth examination and analysis of literature and research in a particular topic(s) in science education.

    EMS 821 Special Problems In Mathematics Teaching 1-6.
    Prerequisite: EMS 471.

    In-depth investigation of topical problems in mathematics teaching chosen from areas of curriculum, methodology, technology, supervision and research.

    EMS 822 Special Problems In Science Teaching 1-6.
    Prerequisite: EMS 476.

    In-depth investigation of topics in science education not covered in existing courses. Includes critical analysis of research and may include field work. May be offered on individual basis or as a class.

    EMS 832 Research Applications in Science Education 3.
    Prerequisite: EMS 730, EMS 731, ST 508.

    Provides students with the opportunity to design science education research including formulating research questions, designing the methodologies to be used in the study, selecting assessments and protocols, and identifying appropriate analyses. Theoretical frameworks and associated assumptions are identified and critiqued. Develop advanced skills in reviewing different types of science education research and identifying issues of validity and reliability.

    EMS 841 Practicum In Science and Mathematics Education 1-6.
    Prerequisite: EMS 770 or EMS 775.

    Supervised practicum in appropriate settings both on- and off-campus. Provision for opportunity for development, implementation and evaluation in science and mathematics in clinical environment under faculty supervision.

    EMS 851 Internship In Mathematics and Science Education 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Nine hrs. in grad. level courses.

    Utilizing the participant-observer role, required participation in selected educational situations with emphasis upon development of observational skills, ability to record relevant observations by means of written journals, skills in analyzing experiences identifying critical incidents and projection of events and consequences. Student required to develop possible alternative courses of action in various situations, select one of the alternatives and evaluate consequences of selected course ofaction.

    EMS 885 Doctoral Supervised Teaching 1-3.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.

    EMS 890 Doctoral Preliminary Exam 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    For students who are preparing for and taking written and/or oral preliminary exams.

    EMS 892 Research Projects In Mathematics and Science Education 1-3.
    Prerequisite: ELP 532.

    A project or problem in research in education for graduate students, supervised by members of the graduate faculty. The research chosen on basis of individual students' interests and not to be part of thesis or dissertation research.

    EMS 893 Doctoral Supervised Research 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.

    EMS 895 Doctoral Dissertation Research 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    Dissertation research.

    EMS 896 Summer Dissertation Research 1.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to thesis research.

    EMS 899 Doctoral Dissertation Preparation 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    For students who have completed all credit hour, full-time enrollment, preliminary examination, and residency requirements for the doctoral degree, and are writing and defending their dissertations.