||Methods of Middle Grades Science Education: Prepares beginning middle grade (5-9) science teachers to teach science skills and
content. Addresses the interrelationship and applications of science as a human endeavor. Emphasis
is upon the nature of science and its instructional methods including the nature of
scientific inquiry; the development of science process skills; integration of subject
areas (science and other fields) and assessment, including state tests and using data
to improve student achievement.
||Methods of Secondary School Science: The course concentrates on goals, subject matter, and teaching strategies for high
school sciences curricula. Attention is given to assessment, including state tests
and using data to improve student achievement. The development pedagogical content
knowledge as it pertains to the teaching and learning of science is stressed. Students
are also expected to demonstrate a vision of scientific literacy that connects theory
||Reading and Communication in Science Education: This course prepares preservice middle and high school science teachers to select,
apply and evaluate reading, writing and spoken skills with their students. This course
includes methods for selecting appropriate reading materials and language exercises,
which reflect the needs of a diverse population of students.
||Current Trends in Science Education: The purpose of this course is to provide students with a forum of interactive discussions
regarding the reciprocal relationships among national, state, and local trends, issues,
and reform in elementary and secondary science education. Specifically, this course
will provide an overview of such trends as they are conceptualized in contemporary
science education research and realized in practice.
||Topics in Science Education — Field Practicum: This seminar provides teacher candidates an opportunity to interact with peers, public
school faculty and university faculty regarding middle school and high school classrooms
and related early field experiences. The seminar provides a support network for discussing
concerns, sharing experiences, and assisting students in the process of becoming science