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Science Education

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Science Education is an interdepartment and intercollegiate entity within the College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences. There is no science education department as such. Some science teaching majors are offered under the jurisdiction and general supervision of the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. The responsibility for programs and courses in Science Education is delegated to the Science Education faculty under its chairperson. Members of the Science Education faculty hold their primary appointments in the various science departments in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and in the Department of Teaching in the College of Education.

The following undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in science education. Specific requirements for these programs are listed within this Science Education section in the following order: 

Undergraduate Majors (B.A.)

Minor

Graduate Major (M.A.)

Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs

Comprehensive Secondary Science-Teaching (Extended Program)

The Comprehensive Secondary Science Teaching major requires a minimum of 137 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements, the Professional Education Requirements, and the following specified major requirements to complete the minimum of 137 hours. Because of the number of courses required for this major and course sequencing, it cannot be completed in eight semesters of normal work. It will require a longer time or additional work during summers.

This major is intended for students who wish to teach at the secondary level in all areas of science (biology, chemistry and biochemistry, earth science, and physics). The program will lead to Iowa Department of Education endorsement in Basic Science (5-12), All Science (5-12), Biology (5-12), Chemistry (5-12), Earth Science (5-12), and Physics (5-12).

Required
Science Education:
SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g)Orientation to Science Teaching (Teaching)4
SCI ED 4700/5700 (820:193g)Methods for Teaching Physical Science3
Biology:
BIOL 2051 (840:051)General Biology: Organismal Diversity4
BIOL 2052 (840:052)General Biology: Cell Structure and Function4
BIOL 3100 (840:100)Evolution, Ecology and the Nature of Science3
BIOL 3140 (840:140)Genetics4
BIOL 4193/5193 (840:193g)Methods for Teaching Life Science3
Chemistry and Biochemistry:
CHEM 1110 (860:044)General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1120 (860:048)General Chemistry II *4
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)Introduction to Geology4
EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035)Earth History4
Physics:
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054)General Physics I4
PHYSICS 1512 (880:056)General Physics II **4
Electives from the following:
Chemistry and Biochemistry: 7
Applied Organic and Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry I
plus one 2000-level course ^
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010)Astronomy ***4
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021)Elements of Weather3
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022)Elements of Weather Laboratory1
Physics:
any 2000-level course7
Teaching
TEACHING 3129Secondary and Special-Area Classroom Management1
Total Hours72

For completion of this major the grade point average in each of the four science disciplines must be a minimum of 2.00, with a 2.50 GPA in the major as a whole.

Elective courses must be ones that count toward the major in the discipline or be approved for this use by the department offering the course.

Notes:

  1. Students with sufficient high school preparation may be allowed to omit some introductory courses and substitute other courses from the same department. 
  2. The mathematics prerequisite for one or more of the above courses is a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry or MATH 1140 (800:046).

Middle Level Science-Teaching (Dual)

The Middle Level Science Teaching (Dual) major requires a minimum of 133-136 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements, the Professional Education Requirements, and the following specified major requirements to complete the minimum of 133-136 hours.

Students who complete this major must also complete the Middle Level Education Dual Major – Teaching (see Department of Curriculum and Instruction).  This major is for students who wish to teach at the middle school level.  Students will complete subject area concentrations in science and up to three other subject area concentrations including Language Arts, Mathematics, and/or Social Studies.  This major fulfills the following endorsements:  Basic Science (5-12), Middle School Science (5-8) and one other Middle School subject (5-8) including Language Arts, Mathematics, or Social Studies.

Required
Science Education:
SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g)Orientation to Science Teaching4
and one of the following methods courses:
SCI ED 4700/5700 (820:193g)Methods for Teaching Physical Science3
or BIOL 4193/5193 (840:193g) Methods for Teaching Life Science
Biology:
BIOL 2051 (840:051)General Biology: Organismal Diversity4
BIOL 2052 (840:052)General Biology: Cell Structure and Function4
Chemistry and Biochemistry:
CHEM 1110 (860:044)General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1120 (860:048)General Chemistry II *4
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021)Elements of Weather3
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022)Elements of Weather Laboratory1
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)Introduction to Geology4
Physics:
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054)General Physics I4
PHYSICS 1512 (880:056)General Physics II4
Total Hours39

For completion of this major the grade point average in each of the four science disciplines must be a minimum of 2.00, with a 2.50 GPA in the major as a whole.

Notes:

The mathematics prerequisite for one or more of the above courses is a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry or MATH 1130 (800:044) or MATH 1140 (800:046) .

Minor

Basic Science Minor (K-8)-Teaching

For those pursuing K-6 general classroom teacher licensure with an endorsement in Basic Science (K-8).

Required
Science and Science Education:
SCI ED 1100 (820:033)Inquiry into Earth and Space Science4
SCI ED 1200 (820:032)Inquiry into Life Science4
SCI ED 1300 (820:031)Inquiry into Physical Science4
SCI ED 3100/5100 (820:130g)Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom2
SCI ED 2300 (820:181)Investigations in Physical Science4
Biology:
BIOL 3181 (840:181)Investigations in Life Science4
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 3500 (870:181)Investigations in Earth and Space Sciences4
Electives
Chemistry and Biochemistry, or Physics:4
Select one from the following:
Principles of Chemistry
Conceptual Physics
Total Hours30

STEM Education Minor

The STEM Education minor is designed to prepare students for careers as integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers. This minor is especially appropriate for students planning to earn certification as an elementary or secondary educator and teach elementary and middle level math, science, and/or integrated STEM courses.  This minor qualifies students for either the Iowa Grades K-8 STEM Teaching endorsement (for those holding the teacher-elementary classroom endorsement) or the Iowa Grades 5-8 STEM endorsement (for those holding a required first endorsement in mathematics, science, or technology education).

The STEM Education minor requires 33-35 total credit hours to complete, depending on course choices. This total includes courses that meet either Liberal Arts Core requirements or specified major requirements. Options that best fit those seeking an elementary education degree are designated with a *. Options that best fit those seeking a secondary education degree are designated with a ^. Courses that are required by both elementary and secondary teaching majors are designated with a *^.

Group 1 - STEM Education Minor Required Core Classes (12-14 hours)
Computer Science3
Programming Environments for Secondary Education ^
or
Programming Environments for Elementary Education *
Mathematics3
Topics in Mathematics for Grades K-8 *
or
Topics in Secondary Mathematics ^
Science Education2-4
Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom *
or
Orientation to Science Teaching ^
Technology3
Introduction to Technology and Engineering Education *^
Studies in STEM Experiences1
4186/5186 Studies in STEM Experiences*^ with department options of CS 4186/5186, MATH 4186/5186, SCI ED 4186/5186, or TECH 4186/5186 (1 hour)
Group 2 - Mathematics Content Electives 16
Calculus I ^
Calculus II ^
Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers II *
Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers III *
Introduction to Algebraic Thinking for Elementary Teachers *
Introduction to Geometry and Measurement for Elementary Teachers *
Problem Solving in Mathematics for Elementary Teachers *
Mathematics for Elementary Students with Special Needs *
Linear Algebra for Applications ^
Combinatorics ^
Euclidean Geometry ^
Modern Geometries ^
Probability and Statistics ^
Introduction to Statistical Methods ^
Introductory Statistics for Life Sciences
Group 3 - Science Content Electives 212
General Biology: Organismal Diversity ^
General Biology: Cell Structure and Function ^
Evolution, Ecology and the Nature of Science ^
Investigations in Life Science *
Chemical Technology ^
General Chemistry I ^
General Chemistry I-II ^
Introduction to Geology ^
Earth History ^
Investigations in Earth and Space Sciences *
General Physics I ^
Physics I for Science and Engineering ^
Investigations in Physical Science *3
Group 4 - Technology Electives3
Project Lead The Way: Introduction to Engineering Design ^
Project Lead The Way: Principles of Engineering ^
Living in Our Techno-Social World *
Total Hours33-35

Notes:

Master of Arts Degree Program

Major in Science Education

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Science Education Chair. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

This major requires as a prerequisite a bachelor's degree (teaching degree preferred) with a major or minor/emphasis in Science or in a specific science discipline. Teacher licensure is a prerequisite for completing the program approval process for this major.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 30 semester hours, including 6 hours of  SCI ED 6299 (820:299) for thesis research and writing, is required for the thesis option; a minimum of 30 semester hours, including completion and in some cases public presentation of a creative component, is required for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 17 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 14 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Required
Measurement and Research:
SCI ED 6500Research Methods in Science Education4
Science and Science Education:
SCI ED 6600 (820:294)Developing Science Curricula2
SCI ED 6700 (820:200)The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science3
SCI ED 6800 (820:213)Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education2
SCI ED 6900 (820:290)Trends and Issues in Science Education3
Thesis or non-thesis option research and electives16
Total hours thesis or non-thesis option30

Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research6
Science content courses6
Electives from education or science education4
Total Hours16

Non-Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research3
Science content courses8
Electives from education or science education5
Total Hours16

Earth Science Education Emphasis

The Earth Science Education emphasis differs from the Science Education major in that it provides the option of taking either SCI ED 6299 (820:299) or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299) and also requires 8 hours of graduate credit in Earth Science and a total of 36 hours in Earth Science in combined graduate and undergraduate programs.

Required
Measurement and Research:
SCI ED 6500Research Methods in Science Education4
Science Education:
SCI ED 6600 (820:294)Developing Science Curricula2
SCI ED 6700 (820:200)The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science3
SCI ED 6800 (820:213)Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education2
SCI ED 6900 (820:290)Trends and Issues in Science Education3
Thesis or non-thesis option research and electives16
Total hours thesis or non-thesis option30

Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research6
or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299) Research
Earth Science content8
Electives from education or science education2
Total Hours16

Non-Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research3
or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299) Research
Earth Science content8
Electives from education or science education5
Total Hours16

Physics Education Emphasis

The Physics Education emphasis differs from the Science Education major in that it provides the option of taking either SCI ED 6299 (820:299) or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299) and also requires 8 hours of graduate credit in physics and a total of 36 hours in physics in combined graduate and undergraduate programs.

Required
Measurement and Research:
SCI ED 6500Research Methods in Science Education4
Science Education:
SCI ED 6600 (820:294)Developing Science Curricula2
SCI ED 6700 (820:200)The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science3
SCI ED 6800 (820:213)Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education2
SCI ED 6900 (820:290)Trends and Issues in Science Education3
Thesis or non-thesis option research and electives16
Total hours thesis or non-thesis option30

Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research6
or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299) Research
Physics content8
Electives from education or science education2
Total Hours16

Non-Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research3
or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299) Research
Physics content8
Electives from education or science education5
Total Hours16

Inquiries for additional information concerning this major, including assignment of an advisor and advisory committee, should be made to the Science Education Graduate Program Coordinator.

Comprehensive Secondary Science Teaching, B.A.

Goal 1: Demonstrate Knowledge of Science and Scientific Practices

Outcome:

1.1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of science content and scientific practices to advance student learning in a secondary science classroom

Goal 2: Demonstrate Knowledge and Pedagogical Practices for Teaching Science

Outcome:

2.1. Students will design instruction that have clear and challenging objectives with assessments  in alignment with those objectives that actively engages students in science and science practices as recommended by national and state standards.

2.2. Students will implement effective teaching practices based on research and national and state  standards including the use of technology to address the needs and advance learning of all students in a science classroom.

Goal 3: Demonstrate Professional Growth as a Science Teacher

Outcome:

3.1. Engage in relevant activities and reflective practices that lead to professional growth and life-long learning.

Middle Level Science Teaching (Dual), B.A.

Goal 1: Demonstrate Knowledge of Science and Scientific Practices

Outcome:

1.1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of science content and scientific practices to advance student learning in a secondary science classroom

Goal 2: Demonstrate Knowledge and Pedagogical Practices for Teaching Science

Outcome:

2.1. Students will design instruction that have clear and challenging objectives with assessments  in alignment with those objectives that actively engages students in science and science practices as recommended by national and state standards.

2.2. Students will implement effective teaching practices based on research and national and state  standards including the use of technology to address the needs and advance learning of all students in a science classroom.

Goal 3: Demonstrate Professional Growth as a Science Teacher

Outcome:

3.1. Engage in relevant activities and reflective practices that lead to professional growth and life-long learning.

Science Education, M.A.

Goal 1: Educate practicing science teachers in science education theories, philosophies of  science, educational research methods, and curriculum development in science education to influence change in teaching practice.

Outcomes:

1.1 – Students will analyze how a selected historical philosophical framework has changed to a philosophical framework that guides their science teaching practices, the form of scientific method they use and their working definition of science. Measured by: Rubric Score on Final Paper assignment in SCI ED 6700

1.2 – Students will identify a science teaching technique informed by behaviorism, a separate science teaching technique informed by constructivism, provide examples of the use of these techniques, and demonstrate how the major ideas of behaviorist and constructivist models of teaching and learning inform these approaches. Measured by: the rubric scores on the Observation and Planning Assignment options in SCI ED 6800

1.3 – Students will synthesize the existing literature to develop and propose one or more research questions in science education and design a study that will answer the stated research question(s). Measured by: Completion and rubric evaluation of final paper/project proposal in SCI ED 6500

1.4 – Students will explain the inside and outside influences acting in curriculum development, subject matter, pedagogy & learning, and assessment/evaluation during the past 100 years and the resulting science education framework. Measured by: Rubric Scores on course-long project in SCI ED 6900

1.5 – Students will describe the role of each of the three components of science curriculum (aims of education, goals of science education, and curriculum framework) in their personal approach to teaching. Measured by: Combined Rubric Scores for three separate assignments in SCI ED 6600

Goal 2: Make and communicate a scholarly contribution to science education, demonstrating their ability to reflect on the impact of this contribution and its connection to significant knowledge acquired in the master’s program and relevant science education research. Outcomes:

2.1 – Students will design, conduct/produce, and analyze a scholarly endeavor in science education.

2.2 – Students will discuss results of their scholarly endeavor in the context of existing science education literature and to reflect on the potential impact of these results on the science teaching practitioner and/or science education professional community. Both Goal 2 outcomes measured by: Completion, presentation and acceptance (via an average score of 3) on the Cumulative Scholarly Work rubric of the thesis or non-thesis paper.

 

Comprehensive Secondary Science Teaching, B.A.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHour
BIOL 2051 (840:051) General Biology: Organismal Diversity 4
CHEM 1110 (860:044) General Chemistry I 4
ENGLISH 1005 (620:005) College Writing and Research 3
Liberal Arts Core 3
 Hours14
Spring
BIOL 2052 (840:052) General Biology: Cell Structure and Function 4
CHEM 1120 (860:048) General Chemistry II 4
COMM 1000 (48C:001) Oral Communication 3
LAC 1C - Quantitative Techniques And Understanding 3-4
 Hours14-15
Sophomore
Fall
TEACHING 2017 Level 1 Field Experience: Exploring Teaching 1
EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030) Dynamics of Human Development 3
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054) General Physics I 4
Liberal Arts Core 6
 Hours14
Spring
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031) Introduction to Geology 4
TEACHING 3128 Level 2 Field Experience: Teacher as a Change Agent 1
TEACHING 3129 Secondary and Special-Area Classroom Management 1
EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148) Learning and Motivation in Classroom Contexts 3
MEASRES 3150 (250:150) Classroom Assessment 2
PHYSICS 1512 (880:056) General Physics II 4
 Hours15
Junior
Fall
BIOL 3140 (840:140) Genetics 4
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021) Elements of Weather 3
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022) Elements of Weather Laboratory 1
Liberal Arts Core 6
 Hours14
Spring
EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035) Earth History 4
BIOL 3100 (840:100) Evolution, Ecology and the Nature of Science 3
SPED 3150 (220:150) Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Classrooms 2
Liberal Arts Core 6
 Hours15
Senior
Fall
CHEM 2040 Applied Organic and Biochemistry 4
SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g) Orientation to Science Teaching 4
TEACHING 4170/5170 (280:170g) Human Relations: Awareness and Application 3
Liberal Arts Core 3
 Hours14
Spring
Physics Elective 3000-level or above 4
EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) Astronomy 4
BIOL 4193/5193 (840:193g) Methods for Teaching Life Science 3
Liberal Arts core 3
 Hours14
Fifth Year
Fall
SOCFOUND 3119 (260:119) Schools and American Society 3
SCI ED 4700/5700 (820:193g) Methods for Teaching Physical Science 3
Chemistry Elective 2000 or above 3
Physics Elective 2000 or above 3
LAC Capstone Experience 2
 Hours14
Spring
TEACHING 3138 (280:138) Secondary School Teaching 12
 Hours12
 Total Hours140-141

 

 

Middle Level Science Teaching (Dual), B.A.

The Middle-Level Science Teaching (Dual) major requires a minimum of 133-136 total hours to graduate.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHour
BIOL 2051 (840:051) General Biology: Organismal Diversity 4
CHEM 1110 (860:044) General Chemistry I 4
ENGLISH 1005 (620:005) College Writing and Research 3
LAC 1C - Quanititative Techniques and Understanding 3-4
 Hours14-15
Spring
BIOL 2052 (840:052) General Biology: Cell Structure and Function 4
CHEM 1120 (860:048) General Chemistry II 4
COMM 1000 (48C:001) Oral Communication 3
Liberal Arts Core 6
 Hours17
Sophomore
Fall
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054) General Physics I 4
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021) Elements of Weather 3
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022) Elements of Weather Laboratory 1
TEACHING 2017 Level 1 Field Experience: Exploring Teaching 1
EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030) Dynamics of Human Development 3
LAC 2A - Humanities 3
 Hours15
Spring
EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148) Learning and Motivation in Classroom Contexts 3
MEASRES 3150 (250:150) Classroom Assessment 2
PHYSICS 1512 (880:056) General Physics II 4
TEACHING 3128 Level 2 Field Experience: Teacher as a Change Agent 1
LAC 2A - Humanities 3
Liberal Arts Core 3
 Hours16
Junior
Fall
EDPSYCH 4152/5152 (200:152g) Development of the Middle School Aged Child 3
ELEMECML 4135/5135 (210:135g) Middle Level Instruction, Differentiation, and Assessment 3
LITED 4117/5117 (230:117g) Methods of Teaching Content Literacy at the Middle and Secondary Levels 3
LITED 4155/5155 (230:155g) English Language Structures and Usage for K-8 Educators 1
SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g) Orientation to Science Teaching 4
LAC 6 - Capstone Experience 2
 Hours16
Spring
BIOL 4193/5193 (840:193g) Methods for Teaching Life Science 3
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031) Introduction to Geology 4
ELEMECML 4152/5152 (210:150g) Middle Level Curriculum 2
SPED 3150 (220:150) Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Classrooms 2
Liberal Arts Core 6
 Hours17
Senior
Fall
EDPSYCH 4151/5151 (200:151g) Approaches to Classroom Management for Secondary Students 3
SOCFOUND 3119 (260:119) Schools and American Society 3
TEACHING 4170/5170 (280:170g) Human Relations: Awareness and Application 3
Liberal Arts Core 6
 Hours15
Spring
TEACHING 3138 (280:138) Secondary School Teaching 12
 Hours12
 Total Hours122-123

This major requires students to complete the requirements for an endorsement in a second Middle School Subject (5-8) that may include: 1821-Middle School Language Arts, 1822-Middle School Mathematics, or 1824-Middle School Social Studies (5-8). Required courses for these endorsements include the following with many of the required courses counting toward Liberal Arts Core requiremements*:

1821-Middle School Langauge Arts (5-8)
ENGLISH 1005 (620:005)College Writing and Research *3
COMM 1000 (48C:001)Oral Communication *3
ENGLISH 2520 (620:040)Multicultural Literature3
ENGLISH 4940/5940 (620:165g)Literature for Young Adults3
1822-Middle School Mathematics (5-8)
MATH 1140 (800:046)Precalculus4
an additional 8 hours that may include:8
Calculus I *
Calculus II
Introduction to Statistical Methods *
1824-Middle School Social Studies (5-8)
HUM 1021 (680:021)Humanities I: The Ancient, Classical, and Medieval Worlds *3
GEOG 1120 (970:010)Human Geography3
HISUS 1023History of the United States *3
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)Introduction to American Politics *3

Courses

SCI ED 1100 (820:033). Inquiry into Earth and Space Science — 4 hrs.

Inquiry-oriented introduction to fundamental concepts and processes in meteorology, astronomy, and geology using active investigation. Integrated lecture/lab for 5 periods. For Elementary Education and Early Childhood majors only. Prerequisite(s): student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 1200 (820:032). Inquiry into Life Science — 4 hrs.

Inquiry-oriented introduction to fundamental concepts and processes in life science that includes ecology, evolution, cell biology, and human body systems. Integrated lecture/lab for 5 periods. For Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education majors only. Prerequisite(s): student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 1300 (820:031). Inquiry into Physical Science — 4 hrs.

Inquiry-oriented introduction to fundamental concepts and processes in physics and chemistry that includes energy, force and motion, and the nature of matter. Integrated lecture/lab for 5 periods. For Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education majors only. Prerequisite(s): student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 1600 (820:095). Exploring Science Teaching — 1 hr.

Exploration of science teaching with well-qualified teacher speakers, classroom discussions about innovative teaching, student learning, and teaching as a profession. Brief field experience included. Discussion, 1 period. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 2300 (820:181). Investigations in Physical Science — 4 hrs.

Introduction to significant physical science concepts and models of effective teaching related to elementary school physical science. Continuation of concepts and processes in physics and chemistry that include electricity, magnetism, light, sound, solutions, acids and bases, changes in matter, and chemical bonding. Prerequisite(s): SCI ED 1300 (820:031). (Even Springs)

SCI ED 3100/5100 (820:130g). Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom — 2 hrs.

Focuses on integrating science, technology, engineering principles, and mathematics using both modeling and an inquiry approach. Engineering and scientific practices drive both the instructional planning, and inquiry-oriented curricula and assessment. The practice of engineering, along with the difference between science and engineering is addressed. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; two courses from SCI ED 1200 (820:032), SCI ED 1300 (820:031), and SCI ED 1100 (820:033) OR approval of the instructor. (Even Falls)

SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g). Orientation to Science Teaching — 4 hrs.

Examines the theoretical frameworks and research informing the inquiry approach to science teaching. Highlights issues, trends, and standards in science teaching. Practical experience in instructional planning and strategies, and the appropriate use of instructional technology to support effective instruction, including data collection equipment and applications, web-based resources, and other software applications. Creation of an electronic portfolio. Discussion, 4 periods. Field experience in a middle-level or secondary school science classroom. Prerequisite(s): TEACHING 3128; a major or minor in a science area; junior standing. (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 3500/5500 (820:113g). Techniques for Science Teachers — 1-3 hrs.

Topics selected to assist science teachers in improving their teaching. These may include teaching or assessment strategies, laboratory techniques, specific science concepts, or examples of new curricula. Topic listed in Schedule of Classes. Application to major requires advisor approval. May be repeated up to 7 hours. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of instructor. (Variable)

SCI ED 4198 (820:198). Independent Study.

(Variable)

SCI ED 4700/5700 (820:193g). Methods for Teaching Physical Science — 3 hrs.

Teaching approaches, instructional and assessment strategies, curricular and laboratory materials, and issues in grades 5-12 physical science, physics, chemistry, and earth science. Field experiences in secondary school science classrooms. Discussion, 3 periods. Prerequisite(s): TEACHING 3128; EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148); MEASRES 3150 (250:150); SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g); SCI ED 3200; junior standing. (Fall)

SCI ED 6299 (820:299). Research.

Prerequisite(s): consent of department. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SCI ED 6400 (820:270). Special Problems in Science Education — 1-3 hrs.

Problems selected according to needs of students. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credit hours. (Variable)

SCI ED 6500. Research Methods in Science Education — 4 hrs.

Introduction to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research used in science education. Emphasis on and critical analysis of primary literature. Application of literature review, research design, data analysis and writing styles to graduate projects. (Even Springs)

SCI ED 6600 (820:294). Developing Science Curricula — 2 hrs.

Analysis and design of science curricula with attention to K-12 national and state initiatives and standards. Seminar format, 2 hours/week. (Even Falls)

SCI ED 6700 (820:200). The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science — 3 hrs.

Examination of the nature of science, major philosophical and historical developments of science, and their implications to the science classroom. Seminar format, 3 hours/week. (Odd Summers)

SCI ED 6800 (820:213). Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education — 2 hrs.

Study of learning theories from behaviorism to constructivism and how these theories are translated into science teaching practice through various teaching models. Seminar format, 2 hours/week. (Odd Falls)

SCI ED 6900 (820:290). Trends and Issues in Science Education — 3 hrs.

Major trends and issues in science education, focusing primarily from the 1950s to the present. Seminar format, 3 hours/week. (Even Summers)