Science and Mathematics Education

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME) is an interdisciplinary academic unit dedicated to advancing the understanding and practice of learning and teaching in science, engineering, and mathematics. It acts in most respects like a regular department, carrying out research, teaching courses, and offering a graduate program leading to a PhD degree in science or mathematics education. The faculty of the group consists of professors from several of the Berkeley science and engineering departments and the School of Education, and instructors associated with other units on campus, such as the Lawrence Hall of Science. The group operates under the auspices of the Graduate Division.

SESAME is closely related to the EMST (Education in Math Science and Technology) program and shares many courses with EMST. A major difference in the programs is that SESAME students are expected to obtain at least master's-level competency in their mathematical or scientific disciplines. It produces scholars who can communicate well with scientists and engineers, as well as with educational researchers and practitioners. The program includes studies that connect human development, cognitive science, and educational technology with the learning of science, mathematics, and engineering.

SESAME PhDs have frequently taken positions in college science, mathematics, and engineering departments, teaching courses in the discipline but also serving as the "education person" in the department and doing research on the teaching and learning of the subject matter. Through the years SESAME students have also focused on learning in informal settings and have gone on to careers in institutions such as museums and science centers.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Science and Mathematics Education.

Graduate Program

Science and Mathematics Education: PhD

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Courses

Science and Mathematics Education

SCMATHE 210 Practicum in Science and Math Education Research and Development 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Practical experience on an educational research or development project on campus or elsewhere for 8-12 hours per week. Class meetings augment research experience with discussions of readings and interaction with guest speakers.

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SCMATHE 220C Instructional Design in Science and Mathematics Education 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Survey of literature on design of instruction in science and mathematics, including development of computer-based instruction. Includes consideration of evaluation methods and development of instruction modules for topics in science and mathematics.

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SCMATHE 292 Research Seminar and Colloquium 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Discussion of current education research carried on by students, faculty, and guest speakers. A written analysis of several presentations required.

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SCMATHE 294 Formulation of Educational Research 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Development of thesis proposal under supervision of faculty member.

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SCMATHE 295 Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Independent research activities under supervision of a faculty member.

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SCMATHE 299 Individual Reading and Study 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Individual reading and study under the supervision of a faculty member.

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SCMATHE 602 Individual Study for Qualifying Examination 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Individual study, under the supervision of a faculty member, designed to prepare the student for Ph.D qualifying examination.

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Contact Information

Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education

4533 Tolman Hall

MC #1670

Phone: 510-642-4207

Fax: 510-642-4207

sme_info@berkeley.edu

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Graduate Student Services Advisor

Kate Capps

4533 Tolman Hall

Phone: 510-642-4207

Fax: 510-642-3769

http://gse.berkeley.edu/sesame

kate@berkeley.edu

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