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Science Education Graduate Courses

Dept Prefix CRS#  Title                                                 Credit Hours

SCE 5325 Methods of Middle Grades Science Education (3)

Prepares beginning middle grade (5-9) science teachers to teach science skills and content.  Addresses the interrelationship and applications of science as a human endeavor.  Emphasis is upon the nature of science and its instructional methods including the nature of scientific inquiry; the development of science process skills; integration of subject areas (science and other fields) and assessment, including state tests and using data to improve student achievement.


SCE 5337 Methods of Secondary School Science (3)

The course concentrates on goals, subject matter, and teaching strategies for high school sciences curricula. Attention is given to assessment, including state tests and using data to improve student

achievement. The development pedagogical content knowledge as it pertains to the teaching and learning of science is stressed. Students are also expected to demonstrate a vision of scientific literacy that connects theory to practice.


SCE 5564 Reading and Communication in Science Education (3)

This course prepares preservice middle and high school science teachers to select, apply and evaluate reading, writing and spoken skills with their students. This course includes methods for selecting appropriate reading materials and language exercises, which reflect the needs of a diverse population of students.

SCE 6616 / 6634 Current Trends in Sci. Ed. (3)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a forum of interactive discussions regarding the reciprocal relationships among national, state, and local trends, issues, and reform in elementary and secondary science education. Specifically, this course will provide an overview of such trends as they are conceptualized in contemporary science education research and realized in practice.


SCE 6736 – Research Implication for Teaching Science
Pre: SCE 6761
This course (a) compares research techniques (paradigms) in mathematics, various natural sciences, and science education which lead to new perspectives on research, and (b) matches research paradigms to the wide range of questions emerging from the broadened understanding of the scientific enterprise and the relationship to today’s society.

SCE 6737 Technology: Solving Past, Present, and Future Societal Problems (3) -  

The complexities and uses of current technologies and their impact on society are the focus of this course. It provides participants with examples of technology to use in developing learning opportunities for teaching science in an STS paradigm consistent with reform in science education.


SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum (2)

This seminar provides teacher candidates an opportunity to interact with peers, public school faculty and university faculty regarding middle-school and high-school classrooms and related early field experiences.  The seminar provides a support network for discussing concerns, sharing experiences, and assisting students in the process of becoming science teachers.



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