Master of Education Degree in Mathematics Education and Science Education

1.0 Graduate Programmes in Mathematics and Science Education

1.1 Objectives

The primary goal of the graduate programmes in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education (DMSE) is to build capacity in Mathematics and Science Education in the southern African region. The Department works to produce high calibre, professionally sound personnel for pedagogical and research careers in tertiary institutions as well as in allied institutions/ bodies in the education sector of the region. The objectives of the graduate programmes are:

a) To produce high-level graduates in Mathematics and Science Education for careers in pedagogy and research in tertiary institutions and allied bodies;

b) To provide research skills to Mathematics and Science graduate students with a view to enhancing their analytical abilities;

c) To broaden the research base of the Department to enable graduates to contribute more significantly and meaningfully to innovations in the different fa-cets of Mathematics and Science Education;

d) To strengthen the research capacity of the Department with a view to enhancing its ability to extend the frontiers of knowledge in the realm of Mathematics and Science Education.

2.0 Master of Education (MEd) Degree Programmes

2.1 Entrance Requirements

2.1.1 The normal minimum entrance requirements for admission to the Master of Education Programmes are:

a) A relevant Bachelor of Education Degree from this or any recognised university or equivalent institution with at least a 2 or its equivalent or:

b) A relevant Bachelor’s Degree of this University with at least a second class, second division plus at least a credit in the concurrent Diploma in Education

or pass in the Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Equivalent qualifications from other recognised academic institutions will be considered or:

c) A relevant Bachelor’s Degree of this University at pass level with at least a credit in the Post Graduate Diploma in Education

d) At least two years of appropriate professional experience and at least two satisfactory professional references

e) A satisfactory interview may be required

f ) Evidence of potential to perform successfully in a graduate level Programme.

2.1.2 With the approval of Senate, equivalent qualifications and experience may be accepted. Such candidates may be required to perform successfully on an admission examination or satisfy other requirements as deemed appropriate by the Faculty of Education.

2.1.3 Master’s-level work in Mathematics Education or Science Education must be preceded by sufficient undergraduate work in that field or a related field to satisfy the Board of the Department of Mathematics and Science Education that the candidate is likely to be successful.

2.1.4 Candidates may be required to take and pass pre-requisite courses, which are deemed by the Board to be necessary or desirable. Such pre- requisites may be required prior to admission to the Master’s Programme or prior to commencing a particular course or prior to the granting of the Degree. Pre-requisite courses will not earn credit towards Degree requirements.

2.2 Student Advising

Upon admission, each student will be assigned an Advisor The Advisor will be available to consult with the student regarding coursework and any other issues related to Master’s-level studies. During the second semester of Level One, a Research Supervisor for the Dissertation or Research Essay, which is to be completed during Level Two, will be appointed for each student. The Advisor will normally, but not necessarily, act as the Research Supervisor.

2.3 Programme Structure MEd (Mathematics Education)

Level 1

Core Courses

All students are required to take the following:

EFF 640 Integrated Foundations of Education

EFF 641 Educational Research I

EFF 642 Educational Research II

ESM 641 Advanced Curriculum Development, Implementation and Evaluation in Mathematics Education. In addition, students shall choose any four optional courses, each carrying 3 credits, from one of the following areas of subspecialisation:

Sub-Specialisation A: Secondary Mathematics Teaching

ESM 643 Advanced Instructional Strategies in Mathematics Education

ESM 642 Research Seminar in Mathematics Education

ESS 644 Computer Applications in Mathematics and Science Education

ESM 646 Statistical Models and Experimental Designs

With the consent of the Department and agreement with the cognate department, a maximum of two optional courses may be selected from other Master of Education specialisations/ sub-specialisations or from Level 400 or Level 600 approved Mathematics courses of the Faculty of Science.

Sub-Specialisation B: Primary Mathematics Teaching

ESM 643 Advanced Instructional Strategies in Mathematics Education

EPM 642 Elementary Theory of Numbers

EPM 644 Fundamentals of Probability and Statistics

EPM 646 Critique of Educational Literature in Mathematics Education

With the consent of the Department and agreement of the cognate department, a maximum of two optional courses may be selected from other Master of Education specialisations/subspecialisations or from Level 400 approved Mathematics courses from the Faculty of Science.

Students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 24 credits before proceeding to the Dissertation Route or Research Essay Route in Level Two.

Level Two

In Level Two of the Programme, students shall take the Dissertation Route or the Research Essay Route.

Dissertation Route

ESM 761 Dissertation

Research Essay Route

ESM 751 Research Essay

In addition, students taking the Research Essay Route shall take 4 optional courses, each of which carries 3 credits, from one area of subspecialisation.

Sub-Specialisation A: Secondary Mathematics Teaching

ESM 741 Research Seminar in Mathematics Education II

ESM 743 Philosophical Foundations of Mathematics Education

ESM 745 Development of Mathematics Education in Botswana

ESM 747 Independent Study in Mathematics Education

ESM 749 Ethnomathematics

ESM 750 Special Topics in Mathematics Education

With the consent of the Department and agreement of the cognate department, a maximum of two optional courses may be selected from other Master of Education specialisations/subspecialisations or from Level 400 or Level 600 approved Science courses of the Faculty of Science.

Sub-Specialisation B: Primary Mathematics Teaching

EPM 741 Modern Algebra for Teachers

EPM 743 Basic Ideas of Calculus

EPM 745 Foundations of Geometry

EPM 747 Problems of Teaching Primary School Mathematics

EPM749 Computers and Algorithms in Mathematics

With the consent of the Department and agreement of the cognate department, a maximum of two of the four optional courses may be selected from other Master of Education specialisations/ subspecialisations.

2.4 Programme Structure MEd (Science Education)

Level One

All students will be required to take the following core courses, each of which carries 3 credits:

EFF640 Integrated Foundations of Education

EFF641 Educational Research I

EFF642 Educational Research II

ESS641 Advanced Curriculum Development, Implementation and Evaluation in Science Education

In addition, students shall take any four optional courses, each of which carries 3 credits, from one of the following areas of subspecialisation:

Sub-Specialisation A: Secondary Science Teaching

ESS643 Advanced Instructional Strategies in Science Education

ESS642 Research Seminar in Science Education I

ESS644 Computer Applications in Mathematics and Science Education

ESM646 Statistical Models and Experimental Designs

With the consent of the Department and agreement of the cognate department, a maximum of two optional courses may be selected from other Master of Education specialisations/sub-specialisations or from Level 400 or 600 approved Science courses of the Faculty of Science.

Sub-Specialisation B: Primary Science Teaching

EPM630 Advanced Integrated Science Concepts I

EPM632 Advanced Integrated Science Concepts II

EPM634 Teaching Science in Primary Schools

EPM636 Foundations of Environmental Education

EPM638 Critique of Educational Literature in Science Education

With the consent of the Department an agreement of the cognate department, one optional course may be selected from other Master of Education specialisations/sub-specialisations or from Level 400 approved Science courses in the Faculty of Science. It should be noted that the Department might not be able to offer every optional course every year. Students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 24 credits before proceeding to the Dissertation Route or Research Essay Route in Level Two.

Level Two

In the second year of the Programme, students shall take the Dissertation Route or the Research Essay Route.

Dissertation Route

ESS761 Dissertation

Research Essay Route

ESS751 Research Essay

In addition, students shall take four optional courses, each of which carries 3 credits, from one of the following areas of sub-specialisation:

Sub-Specialisation A: Secondary Science Teaching

ESS741 Research Seminar in Science Education II

ESS743 Emergent Issues in Science Education

ESS745 Development of Science Education in Botswana

ESS747 Independent Study in Science Education

ESS749 Science, Technology and Society

ESS750 Special Topics in Science Education

With the consent of the Department and agreement of the cognate department, a maximum of two optional courses may be selected from other Master of Education specializations/ sub-specialisations or from Level 400 or 600 approved Science courses of the Faculty of Science.

Sub-Specialisation B: Primary Science Teaching

EPM731 Advanced Integrated Science Concepts III

EPM733 Advanced Integrated Science Concepts IV

EPM735 Teaching College Science

EPM737 Science Supervision

EPM739 Trends and Issues in Environmental Education

With the consent of the Department and agreement of the cognate department, a maximum of two optional courses may be selected from other Master of Education specialisations/sub-specialisations.

2.5 Assessment

2.5.1 Unless otherwise specified in the course outline, each course will be assessed by continuous assessment. The ratio between continuous assessment and formal examination, if applicable, is 60:40.

2.5.2 Courses taken in Faculties other than Education will be examined in accordance with the Regulations of the Faculties within which the work was undertaken.

2.5.3 The cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) for each semester will be computed on the basis of equal weighting for all courses.