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Mathematics, Science & Technology

Contact Information

Professor Erica Walker
Dr. Kristin Gorski
tcmst@tc.columbia.edu
(212) 678-4095
(212) 678-8129
321 Thompson Hall
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Mission

Mathematics, Science, and Technology programs focus on issues of educational practice and related professions in mathematics, science, technology, and cognate human sciences, including the relationships among these disciplines. Our modern world has been transformed by the achievements in pure and applied disciplines grounded in mathematics, science, and technology. Current reforms in education place increasing significance on broad-based public understanding of these three fields of human endeavor. The study of communication and technology in education is broadly based and enriched by cultural and historical wisdom that provides a scholarly perspective on the role of media and technology in society and particularly in educational subject areas. Within this unifying view, the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology includes specialized programs to address the needs of professional practitioners in each area.

The Department incorporates the programs in three areas: Mathematics Education; Science Education; and Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design.

The Mathematics Education and Science Education programs include scholars who address the preparation of mathematics and science teachers and teacher educators and focus particularly on the acquisition of scientific and mathematical literacy to foster the future development of science and technology; the understanding of environmental sciences, improved global stewardship of the environment, and the link between science and society; the use of computers, computer modeling, and instrumentation in mathematics and science instruction. These scholars have extensive international experience in their subject matter disciplines and in educational theory and practice. The Science Education Program also offers a joint degree (DDS/MA) in collaboration with the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University for medical practitioners who are planning to become professors of medical education.

The Program in Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD) provides a cluster of degree programs for students who seek to develop leadership capacities for the use of information and communication technologies in education across subject domains. The programs prepare candidates for leadership roles in integrating digital technologies into education and society and for entry into creative work in the educational uses of new media. CMLTD doctoral programs develop scholars who use the social and human sciences to study how applications of advanced technologies in education act as powerful social and historical forces, empowering educators to seek new solutions to established problems. Graduate study in CMLTD is tightly integrated with design and implementation projects situated in several externally funded centers and institutes at Teachers College and Columbia University. This program is led by faculty with extensive international experience and also links the College to ongoing university initiatives in communication and information technologies. Faculty and students of this program examine technology as well as the role of computers and other media of communication in education and the assessment of educational performance in a wide variety of institutional settings. The program includes areas such as literacy, teacher education, educational technology, developing digital games, online learning, and culture.

Each program has a unique focus or perspective, but the faculty share common scholarly perspectives, educational ideals, and a strong commitment to the improvement of society through improved scholarly practice in the educating professions and enhancement of human potential.

Programs

Faculty List

Faculty

Lecturers

Visiting Faculty

Adjunct

Full-Time Instructors

Instructors

Adjunct Professor
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Senior Lecturer
Adjunct Professor
Director, Research and Evaluation
Visiting Professor
Acting Program Director, Math Education
Instructor
Assistant Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design
Part-Time Instructor
Part Time Instructor
Instructor
Front-End Web Developer
Adjunct Asst. Professor
Professor of Natural Sciences
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Professor of Science and Education and Associate Dean
Lecturer
Director of Academic Administration
Advisor
PT Instructor
Adjunct Professor
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Part Time Instructor
Instructor
Associate Professor of Technology and Education
Lecturer
Professor of Mathematics Education
PT Instructor
Associate Professor of Science Education
Associate Professor of Practice
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Professor of Technology & Education
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
Part Time Instructor
Part Time Instructor
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Professor of Education
Adjunct Associate Professor
Assistant Professor of Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design
Clifford Brewster Upton Professor of Mathematical Education
Associate Professor of Science Education
Lecturer
Adjunct Associate Professor
Guest Speaker
Professor of Mathematics and Education
Instructor
Director of Digital Communications
PT Instructor
Instructor
Visiting Professor of Mathematics Education
Residency Supervisor

For up to date information about course offerings including faculty information, please visit the online course schedule.

Course List

MSTC 4000 Science in secondary school

Foundations of science education. Planning, assessment, and management of instruction. Required of initial science students.

MSTC 4007 Urban and multicultural science education

Students will explore the intersections of policy, science, and society and the impact these have on standard K-12 urban science curriculum and multicultural teaching practices. Drawing from scholarship in policy, curriculum, and teaching, this course explores major issues faced in urban science education, including: (1) the issue of resources (physical, human, and social) in urban schools and how urban science education programs might draw from local resources in meeting the needs of urban learners; (2) the issue of what roles might teachers, administrators, policy makers, and curriculum writers play in the design and implementation of empowering curricular and pedagogical practices in urban science classrooms; and (3) the issue of multicultural science education in terms of both content and pedagogy. This course challenges commonly used practices where multiculturalism is often taught as one distinct and often separate component of the science curriculum.

MSTC 4010 Hip hop and the cultural studies of urban science education

Studies about the teaching and learning of science in urban settings have been a large component of contemporary research in science education.  This course provides a means to interrogate the teaching and learning of science in urban settings through an exploration of the sociopolitical and aesthetic aspects of hip-hop/youth culture.

MSTC 4040 Science in childhood education
This is an integrated lecture/laboratory course. This course provides an introduction to the creation of science curriculum and instruction that attends to current state and national standards. The course is based in constructivist perspectives and has as a goal the teaching of science well with all children.
MSTC 4043 Science in the environment
Exploration of environmental science from an earth physiology perspective. Focus on connections between contemporary environmental issues and environmental science concepts. A community study utilizing scientific inquiry procedures and applying pertinent environmental science concepts will be conducted.
MSTC 4044 Biology methods and curriculum laboratory
Theoretical basis of secondary school science education and its practical application to biology teaching and laboratory experiences.
MSTC 4045 Earth science methods and curriculum laboratory
Theoretical basis of secondary school science education and its practical application to earth science teaching and laboratory experiences.
MSTC 4047 Physical science curriculum and methods laboratory
Discussion of middle or secondary school curricula each offered in separate semesters, stressing laboratory activity. May be taken twice, once for each grade level.
MSTC 4048 Researching science knowledge and curriculum design

Analysis of the organization of and relationships between learning sciences and scientific concepts, with a focus on classroom-based analytical techniques suitable for curriculum design research.

MSTC 4049 Middle School Living Environment Methods Laboratory
Discussion of middle school life science methods.
MSTC 4055 Concepts of Biology
Professional content knowledge course examining the major concepts in biology and their applications in teaching secondary school biology.
MSTC 4056 Concepts in earth science
Study of models of our planet, Earth in space, and weather and climate.
MSTC 4059 Concepts in chemistry I

Prerequisite: one year of college chemistry. The growth of, and change in, the major concepts of the science of chemistry are explored, from the Greek philosophers to the alchemists to those of modern chemistry. Concepts explored: chemical composition and the elements; chemical change, the acids, activity; the nature of matter; and the structure of the atom and bonding. Lesson Plans for high school chemistry teaching are prepared and students misconceptions are probed and discussed.

MSTC 4060 Concepts in chemistry II

Prerequisite: MSTC 4059 or instructor permission. The historical development of selected chemical concepts are examined with respect to the arguments developed in their support, with the intent that current meanings will be elucidated in the process. High school and college chemistry laboratory activities and classroom demonstrations are discussed and prepared. Some experiments and classroom demonstrations are performed. Some higher level chemistry problems and computer animations applied in chemistry teaching are discussed.

MSTC 4075 Concepts in physics I

Exploration of physics themes of molecules and molecular kinetic theory, heat, mechanics, waves, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Exploration of electricity, magnetism, light, optics, quantum mechanics, and selected topics in atomic, nuclear, and elementary particle physics and astrophysics.  Of particular interest to introductory physics, physical science, and general science teachers.

MSTC 4076 Concepts in physics II

Practical basis of secondary school science education and its application to physics teaching and laboratory activity. 

MSTC 4151 Modern principles of evolution

Interdisciplinary study of scientific theories about the origin and evolution of life on earth. Includes demonstration and laboratory experiments.

MSTC 4363 Introduction to science education practice
Corequisite: MSTC 4000. Directed field experiences and seminars explore school environments and teaching strategies.
MSTC 4761 Student teaching in science
Permission required. Prerequisites: MSTC 4000 and MSTC 4363. Students do supervised teaching in metropolitan area schools.
MSTC 4852 Informal Science Education
Study of museums.
MSTC 4902 Guided study in science education
Permission required from the instructor with whom the student wishes to work. Independent study in selected areas. Use of professional laboratory facilities.
MSTC 5001 Qualitative methods in science education research

Permission required from the instructor. Introduction to qualitative research methods and completion of pilot studies. Designed largely for doctoral students and advanced masters students.

MSTC 5009 Educational practices and research in dental sciences

This course is an advanced seminar that focuses on the theoretical, conceptual, and empirical literature on dental science curriculum, research, and pedagogy.

MSTC 5040 Science curriculum improvement in the elementary school
This course provides an introduction to the creation of science curriculum and instruction that attends to current state and national standards at the elementary level.
MSTC 5041 The nature and practice of science
This course is one of the required core courses in the science education doctoral and advanced masters programs. It is designed to help students develop an adequate understanding of the nature of science or of how science is practiced. In this course, through the analysis of a number of current issues and problems in science and the extensive use of case studies, students will address questions such as: What is science? What distinguishes science from other ways of knowing? What standards of evidence and scientific explanations, processes, and conventions are used in science? What philosophical, social, ethical, and historical perspectives are important in understanding the nature of science?
MSTC 5042 Science, technology, and society

The nature and interrelationships of science, technology, and society as represented in policy and curriculum for education.

MSTC 5047 Science teacher education

MSTC 5047 is a required core course in the Science Education doctoral and advanced master's programs. The course concerns both inservice and preservice teacher education. In the course, students will conduct research with preservice teachers, as well as practicing and expert teachers. We will examine the classic and contemporary knowledge base of teacher education, as well as current issues and questions in the education of science teaching professionals. Open to students who are not in the Science Education Program with the professor's permission.

MSTC 5048 Curriculum and pedagogy in science education

This course offers students in the Science Education doctoral and advanced master's programs the opportunity to ask fundamental questions about curriculum in multiple ways.

MSTC 5056 General oceanography
Explore physical, earth, and life science content topics through a study of Earth's most visible feature. Particular attention paid to modern socioscientific issues such as coastal development, pollution, and management of energy resources.
MSTC 5155 Critical voices in teacher education

This course is designed for doctoral students and advanced master's students interested in teacher education and becoming teacher educators. The course consists of elements of theory, practice, and research within a broad or interdisciplinary field of education with an emphasis on the preparation of selves as teachers.

MSTC 5265 Guided supervision of student teaching in science
Permission required. Open only to doctoral students. Guided field experience in supervising student teachers.
MSTC 6000 Quantitative methods in science education research

A critical analysis of current published research in science education with special attention to strategies of applying statistical and other quantitative methods.  Designed largely for doctoral students and advanced master's students.

MSTC 6401 Internship in science education
Permission required. Supervised intern service in a variety of field settings including classroom teaching at various levels, supervision, curriculum development, and inservice education.
MSTC 6502 Science education research seminar
Research oriented seminars dealing with a variety of issues and leading to preparation for the doctoral certification examination. Required for doctoral students.
MSTC 6902 Research and independent study in science education
Permission required. Guided independent study leading to the preparation of a major project or paper. May be taken repeatedly by doctoral candidates engaged in research.
MSTC 7501 Dissertation seminar in science education
Development of doctoral dissertation proposals and presentation of proposals for departmental review.
MSTC 8901 Dissertation advisement in science education
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.
MSTM 4005 Teaching mathematics in diverse cultures
Principles, techniques, and issues in the teaching of mathematics in other cultural and national settings. Study tour of schools and institutions in various nations.
MSTM 4019 Mathematics teaching and learning I
Cognitive development and learning strategies for teaching and the use of instructional materials. Current research in mathematics education. Required for pre-service students.
MSTM 4020 Mathematics teaching and learning II
Historical/comparative study of mathematical education programs in the United States and abroad. Current research in mathematics education.
MSTM 4023 Mathematics for exceptional students
Content, methods, and instructional models for teaching exceptional students, including LED, LD, and MT students.
MSTM 4025 Teaching Mathematics Using Technology

A review of teaching methods and curricular innovations in computing and computer mathematics.

MSTM 4026 Teaching applied mathematics
The role of applications in mathematics curriculum. Mathematical models, use of calculators and computers. Applications in the natural and social sciences.
MSTM 4031 Number theory
Primes, composites, divisibility and factorization, congruence, historical topics.
MSTM 4034 Exploring secondary school mathematics
For students who are preparing to teach in secondary school. The mathematical content of advanced secondary school mathematics and the development and application of fundamental ideas in mathematics.
MSTM 4038 Finite mathematics
Statements, propositions, and sets; vectors and matrices; probability. Applications: finite Markov chains, game theory.
MSTM 4046 Mathematics for the Behavioral Sciences

For students in behavioral science programs.  A review of basic concepts from calculus and introductory linear algebra.

MSTM 4046 MSTM 4046: Mathematics for the Behavioral Sciences

This course covers foundational mathematical topics necessary for a deeper understanding of applied quantitative methods in the behavioral sciences.

MSTM 4760 Student teaching in mathematics
Permission required. Prerequisite: MSTM 5011. Open only to students enrolled in the pre-service program. Students do supervised teaching in metropolitan area schools.
MSTM 4901 Guided study in mathematics education
Permission required from the instructor with whom the student wishes to work. Independent study in selected areas.
MSTM 5010 Mathematics in the elementary school
Problems, issues, and methods in the teaching and supervision of elementary school mathematics.
MSTM 5011 Mathematics in the secondary school
Problems, issues, and methods in the teaching and supervision of secondary school mathematics. Includes field experiences. Required for preservice students.
MSTM 5017 Game Theory

Taxonomy of games, two-person zero-sum games,  transferable and non-transferable utility, equilibrium concepts, two-sided markets, elections and voting, bankruptcy, apportionment, combinatorial games.  Game theory and the K-12 curriculum. 

MSTM 5019 Mathematics in Popular Culture and Media

 

MSTM 5020 Mathematics and multicultural education
Survey of mathematical topics and methods appropriate for multicultural and bilingual programs.
MSTM 5022 Mathematics curriculum development
Principles, strategies, and techniques for curriculum development and textbook preparation in mathematics.
MSTM 5023 Problem solving
Theories and methods of mathematical problem solving with applications to classroom instruction.
MSTM 5030 Topics in probability theory
Simple, compound, and conditional probabilities and applications. Doctoral students should register for MSTM 6030.
MSTM 5031 Topics in the foundations of mathematics

Propositional and predicate calculi, set theory, axiomatics, order types, the linear continuum, and Goedel's theorem.

MSTM 5032 Topics in geometry/ topology
Foundation of geometry/topology. Emphasis upon the relationship between topology and geometry and other mathematical areas.
MSTM 5033 Topics in algebra
Groups, rings, fields. Doctoral students should register for MSTM 6033.
MSTM 5034 Topics in analysis
Real or complex functions and their properties. Doctoral students should register for MSTM 6034.
MSTM 5035 Topics in mathematical modeling

Simulation, information theory and coding, stochastic models, probabilistic systems, simple harmonic motion.  Topics vary between natural sciences and behavioral sciences.

MSTM 5036 Topics in discrete mathematics
Discrete mathematics, combinatorics, graph theory.
MSTM 5037 History of mathematics
Historical development of major ideas in mathematics. Contributions of noteworthy mathematicians. Analysis of mathematical classics.
MSTM 5038 Topics in mathematical logic
Prepositional calculus, Church-Turing thesis, Goedel's incompleteness theorem.
MSTM 5039 Comparative mathematics education
A review and comparison of mathematics education in other nations.
MSTM 5061 Research, Evaluation, and Policy in Mathematics Education

Theory and methods of evaluating pupils and programs in the cognitive and affective domains. The roles of research and policy in evaluation of mathematics outcomes.

MSTM 5126 Mathematical foundations of statistics
Prerequisite: MSTM 5030 or MSTM 6030. Estimation, hypothesis testing, and tests based on the chi-square distribution. The normal distribution and its applications. Analysis of variance and regression. Doctoral students should register for MSTM 6126.
MSTM 5264 Guided supervision of student teaching in mathematics
Permission required. Open only to doctoral students. Guided field experience in supervising student teachers.
MSTM 5520 Seminar in the college teaching of mathematics
Current issues in undergraduate mathematics. Examination of relations between elementary and advanced mathematics.
MSTM 5800 Mathematics colloquium
Lecture series featuring presentations by distinguished guest speakers.
MSTM 5801 Mathematics colloquium
Lecture series featuring presentations by distinguished guest speakers.
MSTM 6017 Advanced Topics in game theory

Open only to doctoral students.  Advanced study of game theory.

MSTM 6030 Advanced topics in probability theory
Open only to doctoral students. Emphasis on proof and advanced applications.
MSTM 6031 Advanced topics in the foundations of mathematics

Open only to doctoral students.  Advanced study of axiom systems and 19th – 20th century developments in the logical foundations of mathematics.

MSTM 6032 Advanced topics in geometry/topology
Foundation of geometry/topology. Emphasis upon the relationship between topology and geometry and other mathematical areas.
MSTM 6033 Advanced topics in algebra
Open only to doctoral students. Advanced study of groups, rings, and fields.
MSTM 6034 Advanced topics in analysis
Open only to doctoral students. Advanced study of real or complex functions.
MSTM 6035 Advanced topics in mathematical modeling

Open only to doctoral students.  Advanced study of mathematical modeling.

MSTM 6036 Advanced topics in discrete mathematics
Open only to doctoral students. Advanced study of discrete mathematics, combinatorics, and graph theory.
MSTM 6037 Advanced selected topics and issues in mathematics education

Topics will vary

MSTM 6039 Advanced comparative mathematics education
A review and comparison of mathematics education in other nations.
MSTM 6126 Advanced topics in the mathematical foundations of statistics
Open only to doctoral students. Prerequisite: MSTM 5030 or MSTM 6030. Advanced topics including hypothesis testing, distribution theory, and analysis of variance and regression.
MSTM 6400 Internship in mathematics education
Permission required. Supervised intern service in a variety of field settings including classroom teaching at various levels, supervision, curriculum development, and inservice education.
MSTM 6500 Research seminar in mathematics education
Permission required. Research oriented seminars dealing with a variety of issues and leading to preparation of preliminary proposals for the doctoral dissertation. Required for doctoral students.
MSTM 6501 Research seminar in mathematics education
Permission required. Research oriented seminars dealing with a variety of issues and leading to preparation of preliminary proposals for the doctoral dissertation. Required for doctoral students.
MSTM 6901 Research and independent study in mathematics education
Permission required. Guided independent study leading to the preparation of a major project or paper. May be taken repeatedly by doctoral candidates engaged in research.
MSTM 7500 Dissertation seminar in mathematics education
Development of final doctoral dissertation proposals and presentation of proposals for departmental review.
MSTM 8900 Dissertation advisement in mathematics education
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.
MSTU 4000 Core seminar in communication, computing, and technology

Required for incoming students. Meets with MSTU 6600. Discussion of critical issues; reading of key works; development of project in Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design; presentation of work in progress; conversations with leaders in the field.

MSTU 4001 Technology and school change

Explores how technology is currently used in our schools and how technology can be used more effectively as a catalyst for larger school reform efforts. Participants will examine some of the institutional forces shaping the integration of technology into our schools and some of the institutional change theories that influence these forces to address the question: What can technology contribute to school improvement and how can we facilitate those changes?

MSTU 4005 Equity, ethical and social issues in educational technology

Addresses a wide range of issues concerning equity and access, including differential gender, racial, and ethnic uses of computers. Examines legal and ethical issues in students' use of technology with an emphasis on improving access and use of technology for all students.

MSTU 4010 Theories of communication

A broad, multidisciplinary survey of contemporary perspectives on communication. Topics include: definitions, models and theories of information processing, history of media change, cross-cultural communication, interpersonal communication, and the uses and effects of mass media.

MSTU 4012 Video as art: An exploration

This course will take an aesthetic approach to the exploration of emerging forms of video, including anime, music videos, do-it-yourself video, video sharing websites, and more. Students will be engaged in video production throughout the course.

MSTU 4016 The history of communication

A comprehensive survey of the history of communication, tracing the development of the dominant modes of transmitting knowledge from speaking to writing, from printing to the electronic media.

MSTU 4020 Social and Communicative Aspects of the Internet

Examines social communicative practices as synergistic; how space, time, and social networks evolve and interact; and what this implies for the design and use of technology.

MSTU 4022 Telecommunications, distance learning, and collaborative interchange

Introduction to the use and educational implications of telecommunications, distance learning, and collaborative interchange using telecommunications, particularly the Internet and the World Wide Web.

MSTU 4023 Cinema as cross-cultural communication

Analyzes how films explore culture. Discussion of the film as well as the cultural messages portrayed.

MSTU 4024 Television and the Development Of Youth

This course brings a sociocultural lens to issues related to youth (including children and adolescents) and the evolving terrain of television. Students will review research and theories and experiment with media production in this course. No prior media production experience is necessary.

MSTU 4028 Technology and Culture

This course examines the relationship between technology, culture and society, with a particular emphasis on new and emerging media. Course readings include sources both popular and academic, theoretical and empirical, contemporary and non-contemporary, optimistic and skeptical, thus representing a wide variety of perspectives regarding the relationship between technology and culture.

MSTU 4029 Managing educational technology resources

For educators involved in the planning, implementation, and maintenance at the building/campus level. Students learn how to apply educational technology to achieve educational objectives and to manage interpersonal relations in the process.

MSTU 4031 Object-oriented theory and programming I

Communicating with computers and humans through programming language in an object oriented style. Uses Java to formalize the concepts behind software structure and construct representative applications.

MSTU 4036 Hypermedia and education

Introduction to hypermedia products and programming and their role in education. Four-point registration is for hypermedia programming lab.

MSTU 4037 Computers and the uses of information in education

This course examines how computers can structure and present information, evaluates current educational software that uses information, and considers the design of software for integrating information applications into education. Prerequisite: MSTU 4030 or equivalent computer experience.

MSTU 4039 Video games in education

Provides students with tools they will need to understand, analyze, and build games. Focus is on gaining an understanding of rules, interactivity, play, social interaction, and all other factors that go into making an innovative and fun game. Primary focus is on the basic language of games: game play and game design. Course also addresses games from an educational perspective.

MSTU 4040 Mobile learning

This course explores how one can utilize the mobile phone for learning and the factors to consider maximizing mobile learning.  Roughly half of the world’s population already has some type of mobile phone, making it the most wide spread technology and most common electronic device in the world (Reuters 2007).  Un-tapping this ubiquitous technology creates a wide array of educational possibilities.  In this course, you will learn (1) about the different mobile phone technologies; (2) how to design learning activities for mobile phones; (3) pedagogical and theoretical frameworks for mobile learning.  The course will provide you with a better understanding of learning strategies that can be used on and via mobile phones.

MSTU 4041 Technology and democratic education

An examination of the possibilities offered by new technologies for democratic education and for increasing active civic participation of young people. General societal activity in this area is compared for schools’ civic and democratic education, with a view to improving schools’ use of technology for democratic purposes.

MSTU 4049 Technologies and literacies

An examination of the relationship between computers and the writing process. The course explores the effect of electronic text on traditional notions of text, literacy, and communication. Assumes no computing experience.

MSTU 4050 Online schools and online schooling K-12

This course examines the different models of the K-12 virtual school and virtual schooling experience in the United States and internationally.

MSTU 4052 Computers, problem solving, and cooperative learning

Considers how computers may be used to promote cooperative learning in problem solving for students throughout the curriculum, focusing on the use of simulations, databases, programming, and problem solving software. Course content will include active participation in cooperative learning using computers as well as background work in educational theory as it relates to problem solving and cooperative learning.

MSTU 4083 Instructional design of educational technology

The nature of instructional technology. Systems approaches to planning, managing, and evaluating instructional processes and materials. Emphasis is on instructional design.

MSTU 4133 Cognition and Computers

This course explores ideas about cognition and knowledge representation and how they relate to the use of computers in instruction. Students select a subject area, learn to represent knowledge from it so that it can be implemented in a computer instructional system, and use the knowledge representation to characterize the cognitive prerequisites and consequences of learning to use computers.

MSTU 4134 Cognition and Computers lab

Permission required. Corequisite: MSTU 4133.

MSTU 4141 Social Media & Learning

This course explores social media experiences and technologies in order understand the implications it has on learning. Students will 1) examine various social, cognitive, and psychological impacts, benefits, and risks and 2) apply the concepts and theories investigated in order to design social media / technology driven learning opportunities.

MSTU 4700 Student teaching practicum in educational technology

The Technology Specialists student practicum supports the school practicum experiences through readings and weekly classes focused on key issues: addressing diversity, classroom project design, technology integration, and professional development. The Practicum provides an opportunity to reflect on classroom experiences, to design technology-integrated projects, and to match the unique skills of each candidate with the unique demands of each placement.

MSTU 4901 Research and Independent Study
Permission required. For master's students only. Students propose a program of independent research or project development to a faculty member. Students in their first term of study are generally not accepted. Conference hours are arranged.
MSTU 4902 Research and Independent Study
Permission required. For master's students only. Students propose a program of independent research or project development to a faculty member. Students in their first term of study are generally not accepted. Conference hours are arranged.
MSTU 5000 Possibility of virtual worlds

Explores possibilities of virtual worlds for gaming and education. Through readings and theoretical discussions of identity construction, positioning, and social aspects of virtual and traditional communities, participants explore how virtual environments may support teaching and learning and how virtual communities are affecting people's lives.

MSTU 5001 Assessing the impact of technology in our schools
Examines the evidence of effectiveness of technology in our schools. Through an examination of key concerns in the technology research literature, we will address essential questions for understanding the impact of technology.
MSTU 5002 Culture, media and education

In this course, we consider the cultural implications of media and technologies for education by pairing theoretical frameworks with case studies and other examples of empirical research.

MSTU 5003 Theory and programming of interactive media: Part 1

This course introduces the fundamentals of design and development for interactive front-end web applications. Students are provided with tools and theoretical knowledge for understanding and analyzing specific learning problems in order to their develop ideas into multimodal web-based learning experiences, through hands-on projects. UX theory and methods are integrated to ensure that students emerge as authors of well-designed and documented web artifacts. This course lays the foundation for the computational and design thinking necessary to conceive, plan, and build learning technologies. This course is a prerequisite for Part II.

MSTU 5004 Digital geographies and virtual spaces
Explore newly-developed spaces and consider how the evolving relationship between new technologies and new modes of communication and literacy are making these spaces available.
MSTU 5005 Case-based teaching in electronic environments

Focuses on theory related to designing, developing, and using multimedia case methodology in education. Students are encouraged to examine educational case methodology within their interest area.

MSTU 5006 Database-driven website development

Explores and provides a working knowledge of the technical and theoretical underpinnings of web application development by examining the layers of database construction, web programming, and user interface design.

MSTU 5027 Tools and Toys for Knowledge Construction

This course is a hands-on design course intended to introduce students to the core tenets and techniques of constructionist design. In this course students will explore, use, and evaluate existing educational technologies specifically designed to engage learners in personally meaningful construction. These technologies include virtual construction environments and tools (NetLogo, Scratch, Pencil Code, etc) for creating digital games, simulations, or interactive stories as well as state-of-the-art prototyping equipment (3D printers, laser cutters, microcontrollers, etc) for developing wearables, robotics, interactive exhibits, and electronic toys. While a portion of this course will be devoted to becoming familiar with the affordances of these technological tools the primary goal will be for students to design and develop a new tool or environment for knowledge construction.

MSTU 5010 Boundaries and theories of learning with technological artifacts

This course will explore learning partnerships that take place between people and technological artifacts (robots, agent-avatars). The course examines social components of technological artifacts, introduces current research findings on learning in social interactions with such artifacts, and links these to cognitive factors that influence learning, knowledge construction, design, and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on the learning effect on the human partner. Small groups of students will work on a project throughout the semester.

MSTU 5013 Theory and programming of interactive media: Part II

This course is the second-level course in a sequence beginning with MSTU 5003. Students acquire advanced theoretical and technical knowledge needed to design and develop interactive web-based instructional applications grounded firmly in learning theory and design principles. The course is project-based whereby students delve into specific learning research to produce a theoretical model and well-aligned technical solutions. While the introductory course focuses on basic theory and technical implementation of instructional interactive media, Part II dives deeper into all aspects of the topic.

MSTU 5015 Research/programming in serious games

This seminar-based course features an in-depth exploration of a range of research topics related to games in education, especially tailored for students currently involved in game-based research or those who are interested in pursuing a research project in the area. It provides a forum for students to present, receive feedback, and make progress on their current research. It also permits students with an interest in Serious Games to launch a research project of their own. Experience with game design and programming skills are highly recommended.

MSTU 5020 Computer-mediated communication

Analyzes characteristics of such computer-mediated communication systems as networked multimedia, electronic mail, bulletin boards, and computer conferencing and situates these systems in the context of the emerging national information infrastructure. Students will participate in online communication systems.

MSTU 5025 Researching technology in educational environments

This course is designed as an overview of research designs and methodologies for students who are interested in researching the uses of technology in education, including both face-to-face and online/distance learning environments. The course looks at the theoretical bases for, and practical implementation of, different quantitative and qualitative research approaches, methodologies, and instruments. It is structured around a series of hands-on case studies in which students design research studies, revise existing instruments, and analyze previously collected data for technology-related projects in classrooms and online. Students are encouraged, but not required, to come with a research project in mind.

MSTU 5029 Technology leadership and schools

This course identifies appropriate theoretical frameworks and recent findings from educational technology research to inform relevant policy and practice concerns, including equity considerations.  Will also explore some classic texts on organizations, along with emerging literature on leadership theory and practice and recent technology research. The class will develop case studies to illustrate key aspects of leadership challenges related to technology integration.

MSTU 5030 Intelligent computer-assisted instruction

Prerequisite: MSTU 4133. Participants study ideas about the representation of knowledge, models of the learner, and teaching strategies that have been developed in artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology, as well as develop and test intelligent computer-assisted instruction materials for topics of interest.

MSTU 5031 Object-Oriented Theory of Programming II

Prerequisite: MSTU 4031 or a solid basic knowledge of programming. Applies programming to significant problems using Java or C++ to construct salient applications.

MSTU 5033 Educational Technology Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

Educational Technology Policy will identify the challenging questions related to technology and education and explore key issues currently facing decision-makers.  With billions of dollars allocated each year for educational hardware, software, and related professional development, thoughtful policies are critical.  What information is needed to help our decision-makers?  What perspectives are important to consider?  

MSTU 5035 Technology and Metacognition

This course explores how theories of learning, development, and cognition can shape the design of instruction. Readings cover a range of instructional theories and highlight the underlying influences of those theories. Although the course includes a brief survey of historical trends in the field, the primary course focus is on current and emerging theories of instruction, such as distributed and dynamical views of cognition and learning. Students are encouraged to present and discuss their research interests and projects as they relate to the focus of the course.

MSTU 5102 Art in the Digital Age

This course investigates, from the perspective of communication and new media studies, the role of the Internet in shaping the field of art and creativity. How do the Internet and other interactive communication technologies impact the creation, exhibition, interpretation, reappropriation and funding of creative works? How can new media technologies enhance participation in these processes, and what are the social, cultural, ethical, and legal implications of this participatory shift?

MSTU 5191 Educational Video Production I

Practical studio and field production experience of educational video programs with special concern for realizing educational purposes through directing, scripting, staging, camera operation, lighting, and sound design.

MSTU 5201 Fieldwork

Permission required. Opportunity for qualified students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects in schools, community agencies, business organizations, and communication facilities. Students in their first term of study are generally not accepted. Conference hours are arranged.

MSTU 5515 New media teaching and learning

Permission required. This course provides students with experience in the development of new media projects and a forum for discussing the implications for new media on education, particularly in higher education. The course involves a fieldwork component.

MSTU 5555 Technology and the emergence of a global curriculum

This course deals with the impact of technology on human society over the ages, how technology in particular is shaped by, and in turn shapes, the vision informing a specific culture and its curriculum, and how the global sharing of technology is inexorably contributing to the emergence of a common global curriculum. Uses its own website, www.tc.columbia.edu/~global.

MSTU 5606 Readings in communication theory and social thought I

The aim of this course is to introduce students to foundational works and influential ideas in the study of communication and culture. Topics include semiotics, Marxism, feminist theory, cultural analysis, global communication frameworks, and other topics relevant to students enrolled in the class. We will apply these theoretical tools to examine a wide range of communication practices, popular media and sites of cultural expression.

MSTU 5814 Work conference

Occasional brief conferences convened by Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design on subjects of special interest.

MSTU 6000 Advanced designing educational games

This course serves as an intensive workshop for designing and producing educational games as well as a scholarly opportunity for students interested in the advanced study of games.

MSTU 6201 Advanced Fieldwork
Permission required. Extended opportunities for students who have completed MSTU 5200.
MSTU 6401 Internship
Permission required. Prerequisite: basic courses in the student's specialization, evidence of competence in the internship area, and prior arrangement with cooperating institution. Internship in schools, colleges, Teachers College facilities such as the Microcomputer Resource Center, community agencies, business organizations, and communication facilities. Students in their first term of study are generally not accepted.
MSTU 6532 Seminar in cognitive science

 

MSTU 6600 Colloquium in Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education

Continuous participation required of certified doctoral students. Discussion of critical issues, reading of key works, formal proposal of dissertation topics, presentation of work in progress, and conversations with leaders in the field.

MSTU 6901 Research and independent study in communication, computing, and technology in education
Permission required. For doctoral students only. The participating student will propose a program of independent research or project development to a faculty member. Students in their first term of study are generally not accepted.
MSTU 7501 Dissertation seminar
Permission required. Presentation of dissertation proposal for approval by a sponsoring committee. Student arranges one two-hour meeting with his or her sponsoring committee.
MSTU 8900 Dissertation advisement
Advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. See section in this bulletin on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.