A part of the SERC Teacher Professional Development Program Collection
Wright State University Masters of Science in Teaching (Earth Science)
Program URL: http://www.wright.edu/ees/graduate/ms_teach.html
William Slattery, Ph.D.Associate Professor; Geoscience Education, Sequence Stratigraphy. (Contact Info)
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wright State University
What was the impetus for the program?
How is the program structured?
Who is involved?
The MST program involves faculty from the Departments of Education and Geological Sciences. Faculty from both departments offer courses related to the MST program and serve on committees for student final projects.
A majority of the students in the program are in-service teachers. Several Graduate Teaching Assistantships are offered and provide students with the opportunity to participate in teaching undergraduate courses for pre-service teachers.
How is the program evaluated?
Hints for starting a program like this:
- Masters programs that support teacher preparation should include collaboration between faculty members from education and the sciences.
- It is critical to articulate the goals of the program and provide support for obtaining these goals.
- Faculty members providing science content will ideally ask "How can content knowledge in geosciences be transferred into the K-12 classroom?" It is critical to have someone involved in the program that can expose the goals of content and pedagogy and their connection to K-12 student learning.
References and Notes:
- Sun, Sand and Science: An Inquiry-based Ocean Study in a Fourth Grade Class: This abstract describes a project undertaken by a participant of the MST Program at Wright State University. (Scheerschmidt, Julie; Slattery, William. 2003. GSA Abstracts with Program V.35, no. 6)
- Extending K-12 Student Content Understandings through Authentic Research Experiences: This abstract describes the importance of engaging students in research. This specific example involved participation in Cornell University's Mastodon Matrix Project (Walsh, Tracie; Kunk, Kelly; Slattery, William. 2004. GSA Abstracts with Program V.36, no. 3)
- Bringing Geology Into K-12 Curriculum Through a Woolly Mammoth Excavation On a College Campus This abstract describes student research on the Woolly Mammoth Excavation and led to the development of a teaching module on the Ice Age in Ohio (Treworgy, Janis D., Vaiden, Robert C., Greenberg, Sallie E., Plank, Cynthia, Walsh, Tracie, and Slattery, William. 2004. GSA Abstracts with Program V.36, no. 5)