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Purdue’s STEM Goes Rural project is a 36-43 credit hour Master of Science in Education degree program that incorporates a transition to teaching (TTT) program leading to licensure for Woodrow Wilson Fellows. (See the diagram below.) Key features of the proposed program include:

  • WW Fellows become licensed in one or more of the following teaching disciplines: biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Fellows become accommodated in existing TTT and methods courses. Field experiences in rural schools are integrated into methods courses as well as into courses designed specifically for the Fellows. Signature program content (e.g., rural-oriented curriculum, engineering education, problem-based learning) are threaded into the program both through seminars for the Fellows and modifications of existing methods courses.
  • The general candidate/practitioner assessment approach has been organized around an individualized Professional Growth Plan (PGP) which includes supporting evidence and self-assessments related to key elements of quality teaching, school improvement, and disciplined inquiry directly related to the Fellow’s own learning community. Fellows begin the PGP upon entry into the program and follow a basic five-year template that includes milestones for coursework, licensure, employment, induction, action research for degree completion, school improvement initiatives, and National Board Certification.


Purdue MSED for STEM Goes Rural (SGR)

Summer 1

Fall 1

Spring 1A 
(6 weeks)

Spring 1B 
(10 weeks)

~EDCI 59300 – Intro TTT Seminar (1)
~EDCI 58500 – Multicultural Ed (3)
~EDPS 53000 – Adv Ed Psych (3)

~EDCI 53200- Seminar in STEM Teaching for Rural Schools* (2) with field experiences
~Methods 1† (3)
~MA 460000-Math Only (3)
~Methods 2-Dual licensure by advisement (3)
~STEM elective# (3)

~EDPS 59100- Classroom Mgmt (3)
~Methods (EDCI 42600, 42800, IT 27700) (2-3)
~EDCI 66000- Ed Tech Seminar Online (1)

~EDCI 69500 – Student Teaching (3)
~EDCI 66000 – Ed Tech Seminar Online


Clinical: 2 days/week (Wed. and Fri.) in rural schools

Clinical: 2 days/week (Mon. and Fri.) in rural schools

Clinical: All day Mon.-Fri. for 10 weeks in rural schools

Credits: 7

Credits: 8-14**

Credits: 6-7

Credits: 3


Summer 2

Fall 2

Spring 2

Summer 3

~EDCI 62700 – Current Topics in Ed Tech/Problem Based Learning* (3)
~EDST 59100 – Seminar in STEM Teaching for Rural Schools*(3)
~EDCI 59400 – Concluding TTT Seminar (2)

~EDCI 59100 – First-Year Onine Teaching Seminar+ (2)

~EDCI 59100 – First-Year Onine Teaching Seminar (2)

~MS Portfolio Assessment
~MSED Graduation


Full time teaching position

Full time teaching position


Credits: 8

Credits: 2

Credits: 2

Year 3- Coaching Discipline Specific, Induction
Year 4- Coaching, Individual Growth Plan
Total Credits: 36-43

* Seminar in STEM Education for Rural Schools will focus on content specifically for program participants including rural schools and communities, PBL approaches to teaching STEM, assessment, etc. A field-based component will be included in Fall 1, when students will spend each Wednesday and Friday, all day at a school site.

**8 hrs = full time status

† Methods 1 courses include:
EDCI 42500 – Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary Schools (3)
BIOL 59500 – Biology Teaching Methods in the Secondary School (meets with EDCI 42100 -- biology methods) (3)
CHM 50200 – Modern Chemistry in the High School (meets with EDCI 42400 – physical science methods and PHYS 57000- physics methods) (3)

# Math/Science/Tech Ed electives include:
EDCI 50600 – Environmental Education (3)
EDCI 51700 – Survey of Science Education (3)
EDCI 59100 – Integrating Engineering into Secondary Math and Science Curricula (3)
EDCI 62000 – Math Research Seminar (3)

+ First-year Teaching Seminar, offered via distance education, will focus on issues and support for the first year of teaching. The final seminar will culminate in a capstone project for the MSED portfolio.