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goal of this program is to educate individuals who will:
issues of what students learn and how they learn it when
studying mathematical and scientific subjects;
well-versed both in a subject area (biology, chemistry, mathematics,
or physics) and in the cognitive issues related
to learning and teaching that subject;
to the growing body of knowledge about cognitive processes
in scientific and
knowledge gained from research and scholarly inquiry to instructional
and curricular development; and
educational policy and discourse in formal and informal settings
through their work as scholars of mathematics
The program is composed of three strands:
research, practical application, and formal course work. All
three are central to the program and will be ongoing throughout
the student's course of study. The basic model for the program
is that of apprenticeship. Under this model, students will work
closely with individual program faculty members and will carry
out research projects and make practical applications of their
studies through teaching or related activity.
We anticipate that for the majority of students,
completion of the program will require four years of study.
Students are involved, in varying degrees,
in research during each term of their program. The first year
serves as a general introduction to research in learning mathematics
and science. By the end of the second year students have completed
an independent investigation related to a faculty member's ongoing
project. By the end of the third year, each student has developed
and presented to his/her Dissertation Committee an appropriate
thesis problem for approval.
Students teach undergraduate courses in their
own or related disciplines for at least one semester (SDSU) or
one quarter (UCSD). During the third or fourth year, students
choose one of the following: (1) plan and teach
a course that prepares prospective teachers to teach mathematics
or science; (2) undertake a school-based project
or internship, or (3) undertake a specially
designed internship in a non-academic setting such as a science
museum or an educational software company.
See the coursework page.
Consult the MSED_Handbook (updated 8/17/16)
for detailed information about the program.