Course Map

Please refer to the document below for the GISE’s master’s course map. Please also read the GISE’s Graduate Student Handbook thoroughly to understand and follow the program requirements.

📥  Master’s Course Map

Please refer to the document below for the GISE’s doctoral course map. Please also read the GISE’s Graduate Student Handbook thoroughly to understand and follow the program requirements.

📥  Doctoral Course Map

Course Guidelines

Students are required to take the courses in the following four different fields:
I. Science education
II. Science
III. Research method
IV. Seminar and Colloquium

  • Theoretical foundation of science education
  • Science and society
  • Cognition and science learning
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Digital Learning
  • In principle, students shall take courses offered by departments/graduate institutes at NTNU’s College of Science.
  • If students have special needs, GISE may invite faculty members from other departments/graduate institutes under College of Science to offer a course at GISE upon the approval of the Study Advisory Committee and GISE affairs meeting.
  • Course selection for non–major subjects (major science subject for PhD students is determined by the Study Advisory Committee) may include courses at the undergraduate level and courses cross-listed at the undergraduate/masters level (for PhD students). The credits earned from these courses may serve as waivers for up to 2/3 of the credits required for “Science Subjects,” but will not count toward graduation credits. The waived credits for science subjects still need to be filled by selecting graduate-level courses in other areas.
  • For PhD students or masters students who already held a doctoral degree or master’s degree in another science or engineering-related area upon admission, total credits required by GISE for science subjects may be waived. However, students must take another 3-credit course in the area of Science Education Specialized Subjects or Research Methodology.
  • Topics in science education research
  • Research methodology of science education
  • Theories of testing
  • Data analysis
  • Introduction to structural equation modeling
  • Academic writing in science education
  • Seminar
    a. Topics for PhD students:
    Seminar and Society; Cognitive Perspectives on Science Learning; Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment ; Digital Learning
    b. Topics for Master students:
    Cognitive Psychology and Digital Learning in Science Education; Science Curriculum and Social Issues
  • Colloquium
    Colloquium (I) : Science and society; Science curriculum and instruction
    Colloquium (II) : Cognition and science learning; Digital Learning

Course Area

The GISE features interdisciplinary studies in the fields of science education and mathematics education, including (1) Science and Society, (2) Cognitive and Science Learning, (3) Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and (4) Digital Learning.

Course Area

Key Contents

Science and Society

General education, popular science, science communication, and history and philosophy of science

Cognitive and Science Learning

Psychology of learning science, cognitive and science learning, neuroscience, cognitive science, scientific thinking and processes, situated cognition, social psychology, and cultural psychology

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Curriculum design and development, curriculum evaluation, instructional assessment, science teaching principles and models, test theory, pre- and in-service teacher professional development, teacher training and education, and teacher certification and evaluation

Digital Learning

Learning technology, digital learning theory, online learning and teaching, development of adaptive assessment, and human-machine interaction and interface design


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