Bachelor of Science
Academic Learning Compact
Department/Program: Secondary Education
Major: Science Education
Specializations: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Degree Designation: Bachelor of Science
Department Mission Statement:
We support and challenge student growth through: educational experiences that will strengthen leadership capacities; encouraging research and scholarship around issues of educational importance; fostering a sense of community in classrooms, schools, and other educational environments; encouraging collaborative participation and civic responsibility in our diverse society.
Identification of Core Student Learning Outcomes:
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad and working knowledge of the sciences and strong subject matter knowledge of their discipline (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics).
- Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophy and theory of contemporary science education.
- Develop and demonstrate the best practices of science instruction (i.e. pedagogical content knowledge).
Critical Thinking Skills
- Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical abilities, including the capacities to engage in evidence-based reasoning and to construct sound arguments.
- Demonstrate ability to be analytical in the consideration of theories and controversies in the science disciplines.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical abilities as they are applied to meeting the expectations and demands of the teaching profession.
- Contribute to in-class discussions, deliver effective oral presentations, and develop written work commensurate with college-level efficacy.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills when teaching science content in methods courses and diverse school settings.
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes:
Students’ achievement of the identified core learning outcomes listed above are assessed by Science Education faculty members through a variety of mechanisms, including examinations, capstone experiences and assignments, internships, and portfolio evaluations. The results of these assessments are also used to improve student achievement and program effectiveness.