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MS STEM Education – CS Emphasis

Computer Science skills are in high demand as it has become a driving force behind many of the advances in business, science and math, and now even social sciences and art.  Thus in 2014, the State Board of Education and House Education Committee approved a rule change which allows students to take dual credit or AP computer science as core math or science credit versus elective – providing incentive for students to explore the field of Computer Science. To supply this demand, we need teachers that are trained to teach computer science effectively.

The following courses have been designed for students admitted to the Master of Science in STEM Education with Computer Science emphasis program to prepare in-service teachers to teach computer science in high schools.  Classes for the first cohort began Fall 2014. The second cohort started Summer 2015.  A third cohort started Summer 2016.  The fourth cohort is accepting applications and will start Summer 2017.

For additional information contact:

NOTES:

  • The MS in STEM Education with CS emphasis is at capacity.  Please contact Amit Jain or Ernie Covelli to determine if the program is accepting applicants at this time.
  • Alternately we recommend you apply for the Computer Science Teacher Endorsement graduate certificate program. This program provides the same Computer Science training as the MS STEM program for teacher endorsement.
    • Qualified students in the Graduate Certificate program who obtain a faculty advisor for either a project or thesis can petition to transfer to the MS STEM program as room becomes available.
    • The Idaho State Department of Education approved the Computer Science Teacher Endorsement April 2015.  Thus for students who already have a Masters or are seeking a quicker path to become endorsed to teach Computer Science, you may consider the Computer Science Teacher Endorsement graduate certificate. Please see this page on how to get the Computer Science endorsement.
  • NOTE: Under the 2015-2016 graduate catalog, a student pursuing the MS STEM program may complete either a Thesis (ED-CIFS 593) or a Project (ED-CIFS 591) – refer to the graduate catalog or speak to your adviser for further details.
  • The MS in STEM Education with Computer Science Emphasis is housed in the College of Education Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies (ED-CIFS) which is chaired by Dr. Phil Kelly. The graduate coordinator for the overall MS STEM Education program in the ED-CIFS department is Dr. Sara Hagenah.
 

Cohort 4 will start Summer 2017.

The application deadline for cohort 4 is March 15, 2017.

MS STEM Education - CS Emphasis

Course
Course Title
(Course Descriptions)
Credits
Computer Science Requirement:
CS 501AP Computer Science Principles3
CS 503Teaching and Learning Computer Science I5
CS 505Teaching and Learning Computer Science II4
CS 518Inclusive Strategies for Teaching Computer Science to Women and Minorities2

CS 321
CS 516
CS 517
Select two of the following:
Data Structures
Introduction to Web Development
Mobile Application Development
3 + 3
Educational Requirement:
ED-CIFS 506Issues in Education3
ED-CIFS 536Curriculum Planning and Implementation

Students in the MS STEM with CS emphasis will received an "Academic Adjustment" for ED-CIFS 536 based on content of CS 503 and CS 505.

Contact the coordinator for the MS STEM Ed program for academic adjustment approval.
3
ED-CIFS 537Instructional Theory3
Culminating Activities: (Taken near the end of the program)
ED-CIFS 503Fundamentals of Educational Research or approved equivalent3
ED-CIFS 591
ED-CIFS 593
Project or
Thesis
(A thesis, as mutually agreed upon by the candidate and the committee, is required.
The thesis topic selection should be related to instruction, curriculum, or some other
aspect of an educational program.)
6
Total:35

The following sample course plans are for illustrative purposes only.  Please work with your academic adviser and review the course catalog to ensure the courses you want are being offered at the time frame to complete your degree.

Sample Course Plan: MS STEM Education - CS Emphasis

SemesterCourseCredits
Summer, 1st YearCS 5013
Fall, 1st YearCS 5035
Spring, 1st YearCS 505
4
Summer, 2nd YearCS Elective
CS 518
3
2
Fall, 2nd YearCS Elective
ED-CIFS 506
3
3
Spring, 2nd YearED-CIFS 537
ED-CIFS 503
3
3
Summer, 3rd YearED-CIFS 591 or
ED-CIFS 593
3
Fall, 3rd YearED-CIFS 591 or
ED-CIFS 593
3

Sample Two-year Course Plan: MS STEM Education - CS Emphasis

SemesterCourseCredits
Summer, 1st YearCS 501
ED-CIFS 506
3
3
Fall, 1st YearCS 503
ED-CIFS 537
5
3
Spring, 1st YearCS 505
ED-CIFS 503
4
3
Summer, 2nd YearCS Elective
CS 518
3
2
Fall, 2nd YearCS Elective
ED-CIFS 591 or
ED-CIFS 593
3
3
Spring, 2nd YearED-CIFS 591 or
ED-CIFS 593
3