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Housed within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Texas at Dallas, our Science/Mathematics Education Program provides a unique opportunity for students to merge theory and practice.
Building on fundamental coursework in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), students benefit from direct interaction with renowned experts and specialists in STEM fields, in science/mathematics education, as well as experts in other related schools and departments.
The principles of hands-on inquiry and teacher-as-researcher transfer directly into the classroom as students observe and participate in diverse educational settings. Real-world experience integrates the core concepts of science and mathematics with the subtleties of pedagogy that spring from allowing students to construct their own knowledge.
The Science/Mathematics Education Department began in the mid-1970s, prior to the university offering any classes for undergraduates. It was assigned to the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and was designed to offer a master’s degree for secondary science and mathematics teachers. Helping teachers achieve these degrees has remained our focus and our passion throughout the years as typified by our mission and vision for the department.
Our faculty is dedicated, innovative, and, as reflected in our research interests, specifically committed to creating positive change in science and mathematics education for our students and for their students. We offer students a quality education, as well as a wide range of experiences that enhance interactions with schools, community colleges, informal science and mathematics education providers, scientists and mathematicians, and the community at large.
Dr. Joseph Ferrara, director of the Institute for Instructional Excellence, is program manager for the University's partnership with Code.org. In September he met with more than 40 other regional organizations at a computer science education event hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House.