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2002 - 2003 Science Education

Program Director: Martha J. Kurtz
SCI 302F

Associate Professors:
Martha J. Kurtz, Chemistry and Science Education
Bruce Palmquist, Physics and Science Education

General Departmental Information

The primary function of the Science Education Program is preparing people to teach science. Coursework in science pedagogy is offered for students in the teacher preparation programs as well as for teachers in the schools. The Science Education Program works with science departments in the design and operation of degree programs for students who are preparing to teach in the secondary schools. We believe that students learn via the active construction of knowledge. To facilitate that process, all of our instruction follows the learning cycle model.

Our program seeks to help student become facilitators of learning in a diverse world. To that end, the Science Education Program has the following goals. An effective teacher:

• Exhibits a breadth and depth of understanding of natural sciences necessary for their grade level endorsement as summarized in the Washington State Academic Learning Requirements for Science.

• Demonstrates critical thinking skills by
a. developing age-appropriate lessons using auditory, visual and kinesthetic components
b. developing age-appropriate lessons which relate science and technology to the everyday lives of students based on students' needs, interests and abilities
c. selecting appropriate modeling, discussion and laboratory exercises to help students learn science
d. problem solving in science

• Demonstrates competence in the appropriate uses of educational technology which support science learning.

• Analyzes and evaluates her or his own teaching behavior and effectiveness and implements change based on these observations.

• Fosters a positive attitude toward teaching and learning science, toward continual professional development in the science, and can compare and contrast science with other ways of knowing.

Students seeking endorsement for certification to teach a specialized science at the high school level must satisfactorily complete the teaching major within the specific science department. Students desiring to become middle or junior high school specialized teachers of science must obtain a teaching major in one or more of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences or Physics. All students are advised to work toward a second major or minor endorsement. All students enrolled in science majors leading to certification are required to have an approved schedule on file with a Science Education advisor as early as possible and before endorsement for student teaching.

Department Approved Elective Courses        10
  BIOL 101, 110, 111, 112, 200, 220, 300
  CHEM 101, 111, 111.1, 112, 112.1, 
    181, 181.1, 182, 182.1
  ENST 301
  GEOG 107 (no lab)
  GEOL 180 (no lab), 200, 210, 270
  PHYS 101, 101.1, 103, 103.1, 111, 111.1, 
    112, 112.1, 211, 211.1, 212, 212.1

Science Education-Broad Area Science Teaching Minor (7145)

This minor prepares students with majors in Biology Teaching (1602), Chemistry Teaching (1851), Earth Science Teaching (2600) or Physics Teaching (6250) to teach middle school or junior high science and leads to a Broad Area Science Endorsement (WAC 180-82-355). Science teaching majors must complete the appropriate courses in the three disciplines shown below that are outside their major. For example, a Biology major would need to fulfill the Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics requirements shown below. Completion of this minor and a Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics teaching major leads to a Broad Area Science Endorsement. If you are interested in this minor, please see a science education advisor as soon as possible. This program may result in students taking more than 4 years to complete their degree (depending on advising, high school preparation and degree choice).


Required Courses                       Credits
(Complete all three areas not covered in major program)

BIOL 110, General Biology                            5
BIOL 111, Plant Biology                              5
BIOL 112, Animal Biology                             5
                                     Subtotal     15
CHEM 181, 181.1, General Chemistry                   5
CHEM 182, 182.2, General Chemistry                   5
CHEM 183, 183.1, General Chemistry                   5
                                     Subtotal     15
Earth Science
GEOL 145, Physical Geology OR
 GEOL 150, Geology of National Parks                 4
GEOL 145.1, Physical Geology Lab                     1
GEOL 350, Northwest Geology                          4
GEOL 210, Introduction to Geologic Field Methods (4) 
 OR PHYS 101, 101.1, Astronomy (5)                 4-5
                                     Subtotal  12-13
PHYS 111, 111.1, 112, 112.1, 113, 113.1, 
 Introductory Physics OR PHYS 181, 181.1, 
 182, 182.1, 183, 183.1, General Physics            15
                                     Subtotal     15

                                Total     42-45

Science Education - Elementary Education Minor (7150)

Admission to this minor is limited to students majoring in elementary education (2870), early childhood education (2550), or special education (7810 or 7820). This minor does not lead to endorsement as a specialized science teacher.

There are three main goals for this minor. Students who complete this minor will:
1. develop a deeper understanding of the earth, life and physical sciences,
2. build an appreciation for the variety of methods in different fields of science, and
3. acquire skills and knowledge leading to quality teaching of a variety of science subjects.

Required Courses                       Credits
Three lower division science course with labs 
  (select a course from three of the following 
  five areas: biology, chemistry, physics, 
  earth science, and astronomy.                  13-15
SCED 322, Science Education in Elementary School     3
SCED 420, Inquiry Activities for  Elementary
  School Science                                     3
SCED 422, Advanced Teaching Strategies in
  Elementary Science                                 3
SCED 301, Interdisciplinary Science Inquiry          5

                                     Total     27-29

Science Education Courses

SCED 301. Interdisciplinary Science Inquiry (5). Prerequisites, three lower division science courses with labs (select a course from three of the following five areas: biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and astronomy. Students will use concepts from biology, chemistry, earth science and physics to actively investigate the world and learn specific science processes. Six lecture/lab hours per week.

*SCED 322. Science Education in the Elementary School (3). Techniques, selection of materials and appropriate subject matter for the various grade levels. Demonstrations and student investigative activities for use in classroom science teaching.

*SCED 324. Science Education in the Secondary Schools (4). Prerequisite, EDCS 311. Should be taken before student teaching. Techniques and materials appropriate for teaching science at the secondary level. Demonstration and experiments for use in teaching.

SCED 398. Special Topics (1-6).

SCED 420. Inquiry Activities for Elementary School Science (3). Prerequisite, SCED 322. An inquiry-based course which approaches science teaching from the standpoint of the processes of science and their utilization.

SCED 422. Advanced Teaching Strategies in Elementary Science (3). Prerequisite, SCED 322 or permission of instructor. This course is designed to give students experience and training in the preparation of unique materials and teaching strategies in the area of science, as well as perfect techniques already possessed by the teacher.

SCED 442. Development of Special Materials (2) . Prerequisite, permission of instructor.

SCED 491. Workshop (1-6).

SCED 495. Science Education Research (1-3). Prerequisite, SCED 324 or concurrent enrollment. This course introduces pre-service science teachers to qualitative and quantitative methods of action research. Course requires completion of a research project of the student's design.

SCED 496. Individual Study (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of instructor.

SCED 498. Special Topics (1-6).

*Enrollment is subject to being fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

Undergraduate Courses/Programs on Reserve

The following program is on reserve and may be offered subject to program needs: B.S., Science-Mathematics Education Major.