Courses in Science Education

SCI 3000: Introduction to Science Education for the PreK-6 Teacher (2)
Pre- or co-requisite: EDU 2510
This course is an introduction to the field of science education for students intending to teach in grades preK-6. As a foundational course in science education methodology, this course provides a standards-based exploration of topics such as constructivism, conceptual change, inquiry- based instruction, traditional and alternative assessments in science, and national and state science standards. Students will be required to complete 20 hours of supervised observation in a preK-8 science classroom.

SCI 3010: Physical Science for the preK-6 Teacher (4)
Prerequisite: SCI 3000
This course provides a standards-based exploration of the content and teaching methods in physical science necessary for the preK-6 classroom. Building on the foundational methods discussed in SCI 3000, this course provides students the opportunity to actively learn in an inquiry-based format, as well as to create and teach inquiry-based lessons in physical science. Laboratory exercises will be a critical component of the course. Topics covered will include matter, heat, magnetism, light, sound, static and current electricity, and simple machines, among others. (This course may partially satisfy the General Education laboratory science requirement for students in the preK-6 licensure program only.)

SCI 3020: Earth and Space Science for the preK-6 Teacher (4)
Prerequisite: SCI 3000
This course provides a standards-based exploration of the content and teaching methods in earth and space science necessary for the preK-6 classroom. Building on the foundational methods discussed in SCI 3000, this course provides students the opportunity to actively learn in an inquiry-based format, as well as to create and teach inquiry-based lessons in earth science. Laboratory exercises will be a critical component of the course. Topics covered will include rocks and minerals, oceans, weather, aerial and space flight, and astronomy, among others. (This course may partially satisfy the General Education laboratory science requirement for students in the preK-6 licensure program only.)

SCI 3030: Life Science for the preK-6 Teacher (4)
Prerequisite: SCI 3000
This course provides a standards-based exploration of the content and teaching methods in life science necessary for the preK-6 classroom Building on the foundational methods discussed in SCI 3000, this course provides students the opportunity to actively learn in an inquiry-based format, as well as to create and teach inquiry-based lessons in life science. Laboratory exercises will be a critical component of the course. Topics covered will include biological classification, characteristics of living organisms, plant and animal life cycles, fundamental concepts in human biology, nutrition and exercise, environmental resources, and conservation of natural resources, among others. (This course may partially satisfy the General Education laboratory science requirement for students in the preK-6 licensure program only.)

SCI 3950: Special Topics in Science Education (1-3)
Prerequisites: permission of instructor
This course permits students more in-depth exploration of a topic(s) in Science Education not covered in a regularly scheduled class. This could range from literature discussions to involvement in research experiences. May be repeated up to 2 times for 1-3 credit hours.

SCI 4010: Methods for the Secondary Science Teacher (3)
Prerequisites: EDU 2510, either BIO 3980 or CHM 4980, and admission to the Teacher Education Program
This course is an introduction to teaching methods in Science Education for students intending to pursue secondary licensure in Biology or Chemistry for grades 6-12. As a foundational course in science education methodology, this course provides a standards-based exploration of topics as constructivism, conceptual change, inquiry-based instruction, traditional and alternative assessments in science, and national and state science standards. In addition, methods for teaching discipline-specific content (including hands-on laboratory activities) will be addressed. Students will be required to complete 20 hours of supervised secondary classroom observation in a biology or chemistry classroom. (SCI 4010 will not satisfy the General Education requirement nor count toward a major or minor within the Department of Natural Sciences.)

SCI 4950: Special Topics in Science Education (1-3)
Prerequisites: permission of instructor
This course permits students more in-depth exploration of a topic(s) in Science Education not covered in a regularly scheduled class. This could range from literature discussions to involvement in research experiences. May be repeated up to 2 times for 1-3 credit hours.

SCI 4970: Independent Study in Science Education (1-3)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor
This course provides an individualized opportunity for students to explore a Science Education area/topic of their choice. Workload and course requirements will be designed on a student-by-student basis.