Building on 5 years of experience ...
...the Master of Chemistry Education Program (MCEP), a collaborative initiative of the School of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry and the Graduate School of Education initiated in 2000, became one of the two masters degree programs in the Penn Science Teacher Institute (Penn STI). The MCEP will have graduated 10 cohorts, the final cohort having been accepted in Spring 2009.
Features common to both degree programs were...
... the goals of increasing the content knowledge of science teachers, changing the teaching and learning methodologies used in science classrooms to research-based promising pedagogical practices, and enabling each participant to become a science education teacher-leader in their school or district. Of course the overriding goal is to increase the interest in and learning of science by all students.
… the program structure of 10 courses in MCEP, 8 of which are chemistry content and 2 of which are chemistry education, with each course specifically designed for secondary science teachers. Course Descriptions.
… course completion typically done over 26 months -- 3 consecutive summers and the two intervening academic years. Specifics of the schedules can be seen at Class Schedules.
… the additional degree requirements of an electronic portfolio (web site) allowing each participant to demonstrate their growth and change as a learner, a teacher and a leader; a comprehensive content examination after the completion of the ten courses; and as for all Penn Master's Degree, a written research paper; typically completed in time for a December degree.
… cohort classes of 20 teachers that begin the MCEP each June. However, as of Fall 2009, NO NEW cohorts are being accepted.
… the philosophy of “No Teacher Left Behind” by providing accessibility to the MCEP courses through lower Penn graduate tuition rates and scholarships, and for Core Partner district teachers, additionally providing stipends and parking permits. Program Costs links to further information.