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Science Content And Curricular Knowledge

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This course focuses on the pedagogy and assessment strategies that enhance inquiry learning in the science classroom. Content knowledge, interdisciplinary teaching, curriculum, and assessment are emphasized. Teacher candidates will focus on enhancing the meaning of science concepts, developing critical thinking skills to include the use of science in other disciplinary areas, and creating real-life experiences for all learners.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Science Standards and Content

    • Examine state and national standards for science.
    • Describe the progression of your state’s standards between each elementary grade level.
    • Examine the major concepts within life science, physical science, and earth and space science.
    • Identify strategies for teaching content-specific vocabulary.

    Essential Components of the Learning Environment

    • Apply strategies for effective management in a science classroom.
    • Describe strategies for developing students’ cooperative learning skills.
    • Identify methods for ensuring safety in science classrooms.
    • Evaluate strategies for developing science units and lessons that promote discovery and active engagement.

    Methodologies for Science Instruction

    • Evaluate methods for assessing learning before, during, and after instruction in science.
    • Describe strategies for using assessment data to inform planning and instruction.
    • Analyze strategies for differentiating science instruction.
    • Describe how technology can be used to enhance learning and support diverse needs.

    Inquiry Learning in Science

    • Explain the principles that inform how children learn science.
    • Identify the key components of inquiry-based learning in science.
    • Evaluate strategies for developing learners’ inquiry process skills.
    • Analyze instructional tools and strategies that are designed to help students reason, solve problems, and communicate effectively in science.

    Project-Based Learning and Interdisciplinary Teaching

    • Identify project-based learning activities for science.
    • Investigate the use of interdisciplinary teaching for increasing engagement and enhancing learning.
    • Explore models for building interdisciplinary units of study.
    • Evaluate assessment strategies appropriate for project-based learning and interdisciplinary teaching.

    Collaboration and Professional Development

    • Evaluate professional and community resources that support and enhance science instruction.
    • Describe the importance of self-reflection and professional development in improving practice.
    • Investigate strategies for collaborating with all stakeholders to enhance learning.
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