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Teaching Methods: Elementary Science




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Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This course prepares K-8 teachers to develop a balanced and articulated elementary school science program that promotes inquiry. Participants discuss the evaluation of texts and reference materials, the development of hands-on activities and assessments, and the use of teacher-made materials and technology. Participants also evaluate resources for effective instructional strategies, including safety best practices. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



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Course skills and outcomes

Using Science Inquiry in the Classroom

  • Identify the components necessary to meet standards for an inquiry-based science classroom.
  • Examine brain-based and constructivist approaches to instruction.
  • Explain instructional methods that improve science inquiry for diverse learners.

Planning for Science Inquiry; Strategies and Resources for Science Inquiry

  • Determine instructional methods that promote scientific inquiry.
  • Develop effective questions to engage students in independent thinking.
  • Select effective methods to encourage student cooperation in group inquiry activities.
  • Apply instructional best practices to promote scientific inquiry.
  • Evaluate resources for best practices that instill inquiry in science education.

Safety in the Inquiry-Based Science Classroom

  • Plan for safe science experiences.
  • Explain teachers’ legal responsibilities regarding safety in the classroom.
  • Identify federal and state legislation related to safety in the classroom.
  • Determine materials for safe inquiry-based science activities.

Assessment and Technology for Science Inquiry in the Classroom

  • Identify instructional methods that integrate technology in the science classroom.
  • Design authentic assessments that promote science inquiry.


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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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