Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Science Offers More Than Education

by STEPHANIE SCHETTEK

December 16, 2009

Face-to-face classes. Online interaction through chat rooms, blogs and new media sites. Summers spent in Junction. All with a mission to enhance the learning experience for interested science students.

The Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Science (MSCI) offers all of these things as a part of a challenging curriculum designed to meet the needs of high school science teachers by expanding their math and science content knowledge.Courses are taken online during the fall and spring semesters and face-to-face in Junction during the summers.

Students like Natascha Cox agree that the MSCI program offers a unique way of enhancing a teaching background with an emphasis in science.

“I think the Texas Tech program for teachers is a great one if teachers do not have a strong background in science as it increases their base knowledge,” she said. “Meeting face-to-face in Junction keeps the program more personal and allows for professional relationships to be built between students and with the professors that can last a lifetime.”

Other students like Brandy Land became interested in the program for other reasons.

“I was attracted to the format of the courses,” she said. “The location of the campuses in relationship to my new home was very convenient.”

The MSCI curriculum also offers a challenge to students by including courses such as Molecular Biology and Advanced Mathematics for Teachers I. Although challenging, Land and Cox have both found that these courses have better prepared them in their fields.

“I do feel that I am better able to challenge my middle school students and that I am better prepared to teach the concepts addressed by the middle school science objectives,” Land said. “It has also afforded me the opportunity to network with other highly qualified educators from all over the state of Texas. Having these professionals and my former professors as part of this professional network has proved valuable.”

The curriculum consists of graduate courses in the sciences, mathematics and science education, culminating with a comprehensive application-based portfolio. Teachers complete 33 hours of graduate courses in science and mathematics and three graduate hours in science education.

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