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Science Content and Curricular Knowledge




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Course level: EDU Graduate

This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates to teach science at the secondary school level. To meet this objective, candidates explore the instructional methods in science content areas in middle level and high school settings. Candidates 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 candidates develop skills in selecting and adapting instruction and management plans for diverse student populations. This course is only available for enrollment to residents of California.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Connect the science education framework to best practices in the classroom.
  • Examine state and national secondary science education standards.
  • Explain the importance of teaching science in a secondary setting.

Week 2

  • Analyze innovative instructional strategies and materials for teaching science to adolescents.
  • Identify instructional strategies for incorporating real-world problem solving that uses scientific reasoning.
  • Connect chosen instructional strategies to underlying instructional theory and research.
  • Describe instructional activities that illustrate science concepts and principles, scientific investigation, and experimentation.

Week 3

  • Explain how teachers can develop an in-depth understanding of their students and how this awareness contributes to increased student engagement and academic success.
  • Examine how family and personal experiences shape teaching and learning biases in the science classroom.
  • Explore strategies to utilize school, district, and community resources in the science classroom.
  • Identify strategies for effective parent-teacher-student communication.

Week 4

  • Analyze various strategies for assessing objectives in science.
  • Analyze assessment data to determine current levels of student understanding and next steps for students.
  • Create a formative and summative assessment to achieve student science outcomes.

Week 5

  • Explain ways to differentiate instruction in the secondary science classroom.
  • Describe strategies for incorporating reading and writing into science instruction for diverse learners.
  • Analyze strategies for fostering an inclusive learning environment, including classroom management.

Week 6

  • Develop an effective and engaging science lesson plan.
  • Review approaches to unit and lesson planning in teaching science.
  • Examine the NSTA lab safety standards.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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