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Curriculum Constructs And Assessment: Secondary Science

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This course is designed to prepare students to teach science at the secondary school level. To meet this objective, students explore the instructional methods in science content areas in middle level and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of secondary students by exploring current instructional theory; national, state, and local standards; and social issues that affect the science classroom. The course also helps prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting instruction and management plans for diverse student populations.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

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

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    Instructional Approaches and Strategies

    • Identify ways in which classroom management techniques can enhance the science classroom.
    • Create a lesson that integrates multiple NSTA content standards, as appropriate for science education.
    • Demonstrate the principles of lab safety set by NSTA.
    • Develop an instructional unit for science.
    • Review approaches to unit and lesson planning in teaching science.
    • Propose innovative instructional strategies and materials for teaching science to adolescents.
    • Analyze ways in which differentiating instruction occurs in the science classroom.

    Integrating Literature, Technology, and Media

    • Explore the links between science and technology.
    • Analyze the legal and ethical issues regarding the use of technology in the classroom.
    • Incorporate the use of technology in science instruction.
    • Identify online websites for teaching science.
    • Identify media sources for teaching science.
    • Compile a list of fiction and nonfiction literature to enhance science instruction.

    Reading and Writing Strategies

    • Implement reading and writing strategies into a science lesson.
    • Evaluate current science texts.
    • Describe methods to incorporate reading and writing strategies into science lessons.
    • Examine strategies for building students’ comprehension and vocabulary skills in science.

    Parent–Teacher Communications

    • Explore strategies to utilize community resources in the science classroom.
    • Explore the range of social, health, educational and language-related service agencies, and other resources that are available at school and off-campus.
    • Examine how family and personal experiences shape teaching and learning perceptions in the science classroom.
    • Determine strategies for increasing the level of parental involvement.
    • Explain the importance of parent–teacher communication and collaboration.

    Professional Development

    • Review the roles of professional science organizations.
    • Analyze professional resources available to science teachers.
    • Identify professional development opportunities in science available in your state.
    • Analyze the importance of staying current in science education.

    Review of Science Education Content Knowledge

    • Review unifying concepts and processes in science.
    • Define science as inquiry.
    • Review the major concepts within physical science, life science, and earth and space science.
    • Examine a state’s teacher licensure examinations for secondary science education.

    History and Trends of Science Education

    • Define science as an academic discipline.
    • Review the history of science education in the United States.
    • Identify current themes and trends in science instruction.
    • Analyze science in relation to personal and social perspectives.

    Standards and Curriculum

    • Review state and national science standards and assessments.
    • Examine the NSTA lab safety standards.

    Classroom Assessments and Rubrics

    • Identify various strategies for assessing science learning objectives for all learners.
    • Identify examples of project-based science assessments and rubrics.
    • Analyze formative and summative science assessments and rubrics.
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