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StFX offers Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on secondary science education

January 3rd, 2017
Education professor Dr. Leo MacDonald uses the ‘outdoor classroom’ in his Science Methods course with B Ed students

StFX's Faculty of Education is pleased to offer a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Science Education for secondary science educators.

This cohort, set to launch in summer 2017, is designed for Grade 7-12 educators to explore new approaches for science teaching and learning across and between all science disciplines, to consider their effective implementation, and to assess how their implementation impacts teaching and learning in 21st century classrooms.

The cohort will be offered on a part-time basis over a 24-month period. It will be led by Dr. Leo MacDonald and Dr. Katarin MacLeod, two science educators within the Faculty of Education.

Dr. MacDonald says he is enthusiastic about the possibilities the cohort offers.

"Professional development for a science teacher is a continuous, lifelong process,” he says. “This program offers science teachers an opportunity to work in a collaborative activity-based environment with other growth oriented professionals to explore new approaches and resources for teaching science in contemporary classrooms."

As a continuation of her teaching, research, and service work with secondary science pre-service and in-service teachers, Dr. MacLeod says she is delighted to build on the work begun in the B.Ed program and the various in-service sessions she has facilitated.

“We live in an era whereby our understanding of science and the application of science are key to our sustainability on all fronts,” she says.

“Science is more than learning a few formulas and knowing a few facts. Science education is about contextualization of content for all students. It is about exploring the interconnectedness of the issues and problems that face society so that we can find a way forward. This M.Ed cohort has been designed to do just that; science teachers are key, and our secondary students are ready for a change.”

For more information on this cohort, please contact med@stfx.ca. Applications will be accepted until January 30, 2017. 

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