This course is designed to prepare participants to teach science at the secondary school level. To meet this objective, participants explore the instructional methods in science content areas in middle level and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of secondary students by exploring current instructional theory; national, state, and local standards; and social issues that affect the science classroom. The course also helps prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting instruction and management plans for diverse student populations.
This graduate course is 4 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.
Topics and Objectives
Science Education Content Knowledge, History, and Trends
- Define science as inquiry.
- Review the major concepts within physical science, life science, and earth and space science.
- Define science as an academic discipline.
- Review the history of science education in the United States.
- Identify current themes and trends in science instruction.
- Analyze science in relation to personal and social perspectives.
Standards, Curriculum, Assessments, Rubrics, and Instructional Approached
- Review state and national science standards and assessments.
- Identify ways in which classroom management techniques can enhance the science classroom.
- Identify various strategies for assessing science learning objectives for all learners.
- Analyze formative and summative science assessments and rubrics.
- Identify examples of project-based science assessments and rubrics.
- Propose innovative instructional strategies and materials for teaching science to adolescents.
- Analyze ways in which differentiating instruction occurs in the science classroom.
- Examine the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) lab safety standards. Describe methods to incorporate reading and writing strategies into science lessons.
Integrating Literature, Technology, and Media
- Explore the links between science and technology.
- Analyze the legal and ethical issues regarding the use of technology in the classroom.
- Incorporate the use of technology in science instruction.
- Identify online websites and media sources for teaching science.
Parent, Teacher, and Community Collaboration; Professional Development
- Explore strategies to utilize community resources in the science classroom.
- Examine how family and personal experiences shape teaching and learning perceptions in the science classroom.
- Analyze the impact successful parent-teacher communication and collaboration will have on the classroom environment.
- Examine the importance of professional science organizations and resources for teachers.
- Explain the significance of professional development in science education.
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