Master of Science in Teaching major in: Biology (MSTBIO), Chemistry (MSTCHEM), Mathematics (MSTMATH) & Physics (MSTPHY)
The MST programs are the thesis track master’s programs offered by the Science Education Department. The aim of these programs is not only to enhance the student’s content and technical knowledge (in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics) but also improve his/her research skills as well. A graduate of any of these programs is able to apply the current accepted knowledge to particular education problems through research. The proficient roster of faculty members from the College of Education handles the pedagogical aspect of the program while the specialists from the College of Science teach the major courses.
1. Bachelor’s Degree with 20 units in the discipline the applicant intends to specialize in.
2. Grade point average of 2 (B-) or above in the undergraduate major field of study.
3. Passing mark in the Graduate Admission Test.
4. Successful interview with the department chair.
|Basic Courses :||12 units|
|Major Courses :||15 units|
|Elective Courses :||3 units|
|Integrating Course :||6 units (thesis writing)|
|Total :||36 units|
Written Comprehensive Examination
The WCE is hte final check on the student’s competency in both pedagogy and his/her major field. Hence, the student takes the WCE in two tranches: the first part is on pedagogical knowledge and the second part is on the content knowledge.
ADVANCED ACADEMIC WRITING COURSES
Advanced Technical Reading and Writing 1 (ENG501M)
The first part of an intensive English academic reading and writing course, focuses on the review of basic reading and writing course, focuses on the review of basic reading and writing skills and their application in the preparation of short academic papers such as definitions and descriptions, and non-prose forms. It emphasizes the mastery of active reading strategies, the effective use of rhetorical and organizational features of academic writing and proper documentation.
Advanced Technical Reading and Writing 2 (ENG502M)
The second part of an intensive English academic reading and writing course, focuses on the writing of data commentary and the various parts of a research report, with emphasis on the different rhetorical moves and the linguistic features that realize these moves. The course continues to emphasize the observance of integrity in writing and research.
Statistics for Science Education (SCE500M)
This is a basic course in statistics. It covers basic concepts and principles of statistics with emphasis on their application/uses in education. Topics include basic concepts in statistics, collection and tabulation of test data, graphics representation and frequency distribution, measures of central tendency and variability, probability and normal curve relation, hypothesis testing, testing difference between means, selected non-parametric statistics, regression and prediction or analysis of variance
Methods of Research (SCE525M)
This covers a range of research approaches and designs in educational research. This course intends to familiarize the students with the issues pertinent to the use and interpretation of these research approaches and designs. It will likewise provide the students an opportunity to develop the necessary skills needed in the design of a research proposal.
History and Philosophy of Mathematics (SCE547M)
This is a basic, 3-unit course for Master’s students (thesis and non-thesis tracks) major in mathematics. It deals with the history of mathematics, featuring major key players and their contributions in the development of ideas in mathematics. It also covers the philosophy of mathematics with emphasis on its nature and methodology.
History and Philosophy of Science (SCE548M)
A study of the history of science and mathematics with emphasis on significant events and the contributions of leading scientists to the progress of science; philosophy of science with concentration on the conceptualization and the methodology of science; the elements of scientific enterprises and movements of scientific thought.
Teaching of Mathematics (SCE612M)
This is a 3-unit course for Master’s degree students of Science Education major in Mathematics. It is designed to expose the students to the various teaching methods and strategies for effective mathematics instruction and evaluation. It will provide the students an opportunity to develop an innovative technique of teaching mathematics at different levels. It intends to familiarize the students with the current issues on the teaching of mathematics and how these issues were dealt with by the reform movements on mathematics education in different parts of the world.
Teaching of Biology (SCE613M)
This is a 3-unit course on the methods and strategies of teaching biology for all Masters¿ students of the Science Education Department specializing in Biology/Science. Basically, it covers topics on the teaching-learning process, instructional materials and technology, as well as an analysis and review of various approaches in teaching biology. This course intends to familiarize the students with the range of biology teaching approaches and issues pertinent to the use of these approaches. It will also provide the students an opportunity to develop an innovative technique of teaching a selected topic in biology.
Teaching of Chemistry (SCE614M)
This is a 3-unit course on the methods and strategies of teaching chemistry in the master’s program of the Science Education Department for students specializing in chemistry. It covers topics on the teaching-learning principles, instructional methods, materials and technology, and the approaches, trends and issues in chemistry education. It will also provide the students an opportunity to develop an innovative of teaching a selected topic in chemistry.
Teaching of Physics (SCE615M)
The teaching of Physics, a 3-unit course in the master’s level, is an in-depth discussion of the current innovative and creative methods in teaching physics. These innovations include the major curriculum projects developed locally and abroad. Harvard Project Physics (HPP), Nuffied Advanced Physics Projects (NAPP); Berkeley and MIT Physics Courses; UPNISMED Physics Course, Secondary Education Development Program (SEDP) and others. The use of technology in learning and teaching Physics will also be discussed.
Advanced Ecology Lecture for Teachers (BIO601T)
This is a 2-hour per week course which will build a foundation of knowledge in basic and applied ecology. it will provide a review of the basic concepts in ecology and will emphasize on the applications of ecological principles to environmental issues. It will encompass topics on the physical environment, populations, communities, ecosystems to the global landscape scale, underpinned with concepts of inter-relationships, regulatory mechanisms and evolution. it will include lectures, discussions of case studies, computer sessions, field work, and library research which will integrate the theoretical and practical framework of ecology.
Advanced Ecology Lab for Teachers (BIO600T)
This is a 3-hour per week course which will provide the practical framework of ecology. It will offer the venue for students to apply knowledge and develop skills in the investigation of basic and applied ecological problems. It will include computer sessions, field work, and library research which will integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of ecology.
Cell Biology (BIO609M)
A -unit lecture course that discusses the structure and functions of the different components of the cell at the molecular level. It also deals with the interaction among cells.
Botany Laboratory (BIO612T)
A course dealing with botanical exercises and techniques. This is a 1-unit course for Science Education graduate students.
Botany Lecture (BIO613T)
An inquiry on the principles operating at the molecular, cellular and organismic levels in plants. Emphasis is on morpho-anatomy and physiological ecology of flowering plants. A brief survey of major plant groups is included. This is a 2-unit course for Science Education graduate students.
Advanced Microbiology Lecture for Teachers (BIO631T)
The course involves the study of the anatomy, physiology and genetics of microorganisms, in particular, those of typical and atypical bacteria.
Advanced Microbiology Laboratory for Teachers (BIO632T)
The course covers the laboratory techniques in microbiology pertinent to the study of the physiology and identification of microorganisms. Advances in the diagnosis and control of microbial infections will also be discussed. Hands-on activities that emphasize the economic importance of selected bacteria and fungi will also be performed.
Advanced Zoology Lecture For Teachers (BIO651T)
This is an advance course in general zoology intended for teachers at the secondary/tertiary level. The course aims to review the major principles, concepts and terms relating to animal morphology, anatomy, physiology, development, genetics, evolution and systematics.
Advanced Zoology Laboratory For Teachers (BIO652T)
An advanced laboratory course to complement the zoology lecture. The laboratory activities emphasize structure and functional relationship from biological techniques such as microscopy and dissection and gives an overview of the animal kingdom. Some insights on the presentation of zoological concepts to students in secondary/tertiary level will also be given.
Principles Of Inorganic Chemistry (CHM503T)
The first course in general and inorganic chemistry. It develops in the student basic concepts of matter and its classifications; mass relationships in chemical reactions; the properties of gases, liquids, and solids; some concepts of thermochemistry; quantum theory and electronic behavior; periodic relationship of elements in the periodic table; chemical bonding; intramolecular forces; and solutions.
Principles of Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (CHM504T)
A course developing basic laboratory skills. It includes experiments and exercises illustrating the concepts covered in General Chemistry.
Principles of Analytical Chemistry (CHM521T)
A 1-unit laboratory course accompanying chm521t. The laboratory experiments and activities cover titrimetric methods for acid-base, redox, precipitation and complexation reactions.
Principles of Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (CHM522T)
A 1-unit laboratory course accompanying chm521t. The laboratory experiments and activities cover titrimetric methods for acid-base, redox, precipitation and complexation reactions.
Principles of Organic Chemistry (CHM541T)
A 3-unit lecture course covering fundamental organic chemistry including nomenclature, properties and reactions of the functional classes of alkanes, alkyl halides, alcohol, ethers, alkenes, aromatic hydrocarbons, aldehydes and ketones and carboxylic acids and derivatives.
Principles of Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHM542T)
An organic laboratory course designed to develop skills and techniques in handling organic compound. The laboratory course covers the isolation and purification of organic compound and classical organic analysis.
Essentials of Physical Chemistry (CHM561T)
Designed for the science education majors specifically those who are not chemistry majors and are being trained to teach high school chemistry. The course provides the foundation in chemical concepts and principles covering elementary chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base theories and applications, reduction-oxidation reactions, electrochemistry and kinetics.
Foundations of Mathematics (SCE111M)
A course covering the fundamentals and algebra of logic, valid and invalid arguments, quantifiers, methods of proof, sets and set operations, algebra of sets; equivalence relation and partitions; injective and surjective functions; natural numbers and math induction.
Foundations of Calculus (SCE112M)
A study of the theoretical bases of calculus; limits and continuity, derivatives and antiderivatives of algebraic, trigonometric and inverse trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions. The course also covers the definite integral, integration and some applications and techniques of integration.
Euclidean Geometry (SCE113M)
This course is a rigorous study of axiomatic Euclidean Geometry. The topics include properties of triangles, parallelograms and circles; congruences, similarity, parallelism and perpendicularity; and constructions with straight edge and compass. Emphasis is given on proving and disproving geometric statements using precise notation, accurate language and sound logical reasoning.
Linear Algebra (MTH513T)
Matrices, vector spaces, linear transformation, and their matrix representation, eigenvalues and eigenvectors and diagonalization.
Number Theory (MTH521T)
This course covers concepts on divisibility and primes, congruence and residue systems, Fermat’s theorem, Wilson’s theorem, Chinese remainder theorem, multiplicative/totally multiplicative functions and integer-valued functions of a real variable.
Mechanics for Teachers (PHY565M)
A course on classical mechanics which includes Newton’s laws of motion, conservation laws, Lagrangian dynamics, central forces, and harmonic oscillators.
Thermodynamics for Teachers (PHY566M)
This is a course in thermodynamics intended for high school science teachers. Topics include concepts of temperature, heat, kinetic theory of gases, the equipartition theorem, and the laws of thermodynamics.
Electromagnetism for Teachers (PHY567M)
This is a study on the concepts of Electricity and Magnetism. It deals with Coulombs Law, Electric Field, Gauss Law, Electric Potential, Capacitance, Current and Resistance, Circuits, Magnetic Field, Amperes Law, Faradays Law of Induction and Maxwells Equations. In examining the concepts mentioned and its relevant consequences, vector methods, as well as the basic concepts of calculus will be used.
Modern Optics for Teachers (PHY568M)
This is a graduate course in modern optics with particular emphasis on contemporary applications. It deals with the quantum mechanical theories of light and its behavior under different media.
Modern Physics for Teachers (PHY569M)
A course on modern physics covering the historical development of quantum mechanics, special relativity, Schrödingers Equation, and the basic notions of spin and atomic orbitals.
Physics Laboratory for Teachers 1 (PHY570M)
This laboratory course supplements the topics discussed in the lecture class. Specifically, experiments in mechanics and thermodynamics will be performed to provide the students with the concrete applications of concepts learned in the lecture class.
Physics Laboratory for Teachers 2 (PHY572M)
This is a laboratory course on optics and modern physics.
Theories of Learning and Teaching Science and Mathematics (SCE536M)
This is a 3-unit course on current theories of learning and teaching mathematics and the sciences for all masters’ students of the Science Education Department. It intends to familiarize the students with ongoing programs that reflect effective theories of learning and teaching. Moreover, this course intends to provide the students with the opportunity to write a concept paper on the application of these current theories of learning and teaching to classroom instruction.
Mathematical Methods for Physical Science 1 (PHY561M)
Refresher course in algebra, trigonometry, calculus. Focus on applications to physical problems, particularly mechanics.
Functions and Modeling in Mathematics Education (SCE540M)
This is a 3 unit course designed to develop a conceptual understanding of functions using modeling. A series of problem based data of situations from the different sectors of society like business, industry, and media sources will be analyzed. The underlying concepts will be modeled using different types of functions including linear, quadratic, polynomial and trigonometric and other transcendental functions. Activities include explorations using multiple representations and technology based techniques. Laboratories may include the use of graphics calculators, multimedia materials and computers to build relationships among data generated by the functions. This course promotes contextual learning through the application based approach of teaching functions. It uses real life situation to a general education type of mathematics
Assessment of Cognitive Functioning and Process Skills (SCE556M)
This is a 3-unit course for Master of Education students of the Science Education Department. It covers the planning and designing of classroom tests for the assessment of learning. The principles and processes involved in test constructions, from conceptualization, writing, revision and refining of items, to gathering evidences of validity and reliability of the test, will also be discussed.
Assessment of Cognitive Functioning and Problem Solving Skills (SCE557M)
This is a 3-unit course for Masters students of the Science Education Department major in Mathematics. It covers the planning and designing of instruments for the assessment of mathematical cognition and problem-solving skills. The principles and processes involved in construction of problem-based tests from conceptualization, writing revision and refining of items, to gathering evidences of validity and reability of the test are included.
Curriculum Administration and Evaluation (SCE590M)
This is a 3-unit course for Science Education students pursuing Master’s degree. It is an integral study of the traditional and innovative curriculum theory and concepts. It includes an examination of various curriculum models with particular reference to basic science education. Curriculum planning and development, curriculum implementation and evaluation, as well as contemporary issues and trends in curriculum will likewise be discussed.
Computer Applications for Science Education (SCE711M)
This is a basic course in computer applications with emphasis on their uses in teaching. The course covers computer applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, communications and information research via internet.
Educational Technology for Mathematics (SCE712M)
This is a 3-unit course for Master’s degree students of Science Education Department. It is designed to expose the student to the use of technology as a tool for teaching mathematics so that he/she may gain insights into new teaching techniques and ideas. Use of the Internet, Microsoft, Statistics and Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI) will also be introduced.
Thesis Writing 1 (SCE851M)
Thesis Writing 2 thru 9 (SCE852M thru SCE859M)