Field Experience Options
The SMFT program requires significant field experience prior to graduation. Students may acquire this experience in their own classroom, as a visitor in a classroom, or in a non-classroom educational setting such as a museum or aquarium. The required field experiences in EDFS 635 and EDFS 660 will be 25 hours each. The field experiences will be designed, implemented and evaluated by the candidate with written assignments in each course and for the Independent Capstone Project. The assignments for EDFS 632 and EDFS 660 will be submitted to the course professor. The remaining required field experience will be attained by the development of an independent project, a class project, and/or a capstone project of the student’s choice that is implemented in any of the above settings. Each student will complete at least 25 hours of field experiences to meet this requirement. The total number of formal field experience hours across the program will be at least 75 hours.
The course EDFS 632 Education Psychology Learning, Cognition, and Motivation (3) is required of all students and includes 25 hours of field experience. It examines current research on human learning and practical applications of what we know about learning to the design of curriculum, teaching and assessment. The students use this to design and carry out the required field experience project.
The course EDFS 660 Nature of Science, Mathematics, and Science/Mathematics Education (3) , also required of all students, examines the philosophies of science/mathematics education and how the nature of scientific research should guide the teaching of science and mathematics. The students carry out 25 hours of field experience utilizing their enhanced understanding of science education.
The final 25 hours or field experience is designed by each candidate individually with the guidance of a faculty advisor. This is usually done as part of a capstone project and the candidate is required to make an oral presentation about their project to an audience composed of faculty members and their peers.
Transfer Credit Policy
An applicant or student of the M.Ed. in Science and Mathematics for Teachers (SMFT) program can seek approval from the Program Director to accept up to six transfer credit hours. These courses must have a grade of “B” or higher, and can count toward the M. Ed. in the SMFT degree requirements. Courses with a grade of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” will not be accepted. Also, note that the courses must be catalog courses and not professional development courses to count in a program.