Science Education, Secondary (9-12)

The Science Education Program is designed to prepare students to receive initial licensure for science at the secondary level (9-12). Candidates earn a B.S. degree in either Biology or Chemistry and complete additional courses supporting licensure and professional education requirements. The Biology program requires 46-49 hours in general education (including Liberal Arts in Action core courses and connects), 13 of which may be met by major requirements; 35 additional hours in major requirements; 8 hours in supportive requirements; and 33 hours in professional education requirements for a total of 132-135 credit hours. The Chemistry program requires 46-49 hours in general education (including Liberal Arts in Action core courses and connects), 13 of which may be met by major requirements; 27 additional hours in major requirements; 25 hours in supportive requirements; and 32 hours in professional education requirements for a total of 155-158 credit hours. These programs are designed for students in the traditional day program.

The specific objectives of the science education program are listed below. Graduates of the program are expected to demonstrate:

1. understanding of the unifying concepts of science
2. understanding of the nature of science and the development of scientific reasoning
3. appreciation for the historical development of science and the application of science in society
4. ability to use math concepts, processes, and appropriate technology in science
5. use of developmentally appropriate strategies to design and deliver instruction
6. ability to plan and implement scientific investigations in order to develop problem solving and critical thinking
7. ability to organize and manage the learning environment to ensure optimal learning
8. experience in development and use of appropriate assessment strategies
9. integration of appropriate technology in instruction
10. development of strategies for addressing controversial topics
11. development for strategies to encourage underrepresented groups to engage in science
12. ability to work with varied constituencies (profession colleagues, parents, community members, etc.) to improve science education
13. commitment to continue professional development in science education
14. commitment to safety in science education