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Advanced Science and Mathematics Education

This EdM option aims to prepare K-12 teachers to specialize in science and mathematics education in public or private schools or informal settings.  Courses emphasize using theory to inform classroom practice and practice to inform understanding of educational research in the context of science and math education.

Courses emphasize applying theory to your classroom practice:

  • Examine ways of speaking that foster learning in science and mathematics contexts
  • Utilize current and emerging technologies applied to math and science learning that promote critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity
  • Develop instructional strategies and skills to support student learning of challenging science and math content
  • Investigate education assessment focusing on formative assessment in math and science contexts
  • Learn the history and rationale behind current trends in curriculum reform across learning environments
PK-12 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

This EdM option specializes in how to effectively work with children and adolescents who are learning English as an additional language. It is designed for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade (PK-12) teachers in the United States. Courses incorporate state and national learning standards for PK-12 students, as well as state and national ESOL standards for PK-12 teacher preparation programs.

Candidates who wish to add the ESOL endorsement to a current Oregon teaching license need to contact Stacey Lee, the ESOL endorsement program coordinator in the College of Education regarding additional licensure requirements. 

The course work is based on six core domains:
  • Language – apply language acquisition theories and research, as well as knowledge of language as a system, to improve ESOL students’ abilities to use English for social and academic purposes
  • Culture – apply major concepts and research related to the nature and role of culture to construct supportive learning environments for ESOL students
  • Planning, implementing and managing instruction – use ESOL-appropriate instructional practices and strategies that integrate standards-based English language proficiency (ELP) and content-area objectives
  • Assessment – to inform instruction, effectively implement a variety of standards-based assessment tools and techniques that demonstrate an understanding of assessment issues for ESOL students
  • Professionalism – demonstrate a willingness and ability to serve as a professional resource, advocate for ESOL students, and build partnerships with students' families
  • Technology – use technology to enhance learning and professional productivity
Social Justice in Education

This EdM option prepares PK-12 teachers to be agents of change for equity and social justice. Candidates will learn about social justice curriculum and teaching, will engage in effective collaboration with schools and community, and will become advocates for the educational success of all students. 

Learn to be an agent of change for equity and social justice education:

  • Examine how institutions reflect larger societal power relations and inequalities and how they are manifested in school, structures, curricula and teaching
  • Critique all texts (print, visual, audio, etc.) including instructional materials for bias
  • Teach learners to critique all texts for bias
  • Write curriculum that is grounded in multiculturalism and social and eco-justice concepts, as well as mainstream professional standards such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative
  • Engage in collaborative projects advocating for social and eco-justice at the school, district or community setting
  • Respond to expressions of stereotypes by colleagues, students or in textual materials that inflict symbolic or direct harm to individuals from non-dominate social groups
Free-choice (informal) learning

Oregon State faculty coined the phrase “free-choice learning” – which is an informal learning approach that focuses on the nature of learning regardless of where it occurs. Informal education appeals to individual interests, curiosities and motivations.

Many teachers choose the free-choice option, or enroll in free-choice courses as electives, for the invaluable theories and strategies that are applicable to classroom teaching. They use free-choice approaches to excite students about learning math and science and to connect with at-risk learners.

The free-choice learning option is also ideal for science professionals who provide informal educational experiences in settings such as museums, zoos, aquariums, parks and other informal educational settings. 

For additional program information, visit the Master of Education page on the Ecampus website or contact Amy Hoffman, 541-737- 2545.