Programs in the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology focus on issues in educational practice and related professions in mathematics, science and technology, including the relationships between these disciplines.
The world has been transformed by the achievements in the pure and applied disciplines grounded in mathematics, science and technology. Current reforms in education place increasing significance on wide public understanding of these three fields of human endeavor. Presently, a focus on STEM and STEAM in education shows the recognized importance of an interdisciplinary approach to help make these fields engaging and meaningful to students of all ages. 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, particularly in educational subject areas. Within this unifying view, the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology includes specialized programs to address the needs of professional practitioners in each area.
The Department incorporates programs in three areas: Mathematics Education; Science Education; and Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD).
The Mathematics Education and Science Education programs include scholars who address the preparation of mathematics and science teachers and teacher educators. They focus particularly on supporting students in acquiring scientific and mathematical literacy to foster the future development of science and technology; understanding environmental sciences, improved global stewardship of the environment, and the link between science and society; and using computers, computer modeling, and instrumentation in mathematics and science instruction. These scholars have extensive experience, both international and U.S.-based, in their subject matter disciplines and in educational theory and practice. In addition, the Science Education Program 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 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 and U.S.-based experience and also links the College to ongoing university initiatives in communication and information technologies worldwide. Faculty and students of this program examine technology, as well as the role of computers and various media, in influencing 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, the development of digital games, online learning, media and culture, instructional technology and media, and maker education.
While each program has a unique focus and set of perspectives, the faculty members in the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology share common scholarly perspectives, educational ideals, and a strong commitment to the improvement of society through excellence in the scholarly practice of the educating professions and the enhancement of human potential.
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