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Science Education

SCE 3030   SCIENCE MATTERS

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: None. This course is designed to promote an awareness of how teachers can engage teenage students in learning and make science matter to them. Course topics include readings and discussions pertinent to Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and/or Common Core State Standards and pedagogy for teaching science. A central theme of the course is the connections between fields of science, and applications to modern life. Class activities will provide opportunity for students to review and explore topics from biology, physical science, astronomy, ecology and earth science. The course addresses specific Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and/or Common Core State Standards and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and required for certification, and will serve as a fundamental science content review in preparations for teaching, and for taking Florida Subject area exams, as well as exploring the fundamental concepts of science literacy for all students. 32 contact hours.

SCE 3420C   PHYSICAL SCIENCE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS

credits: 4  

Prerequisites: CHM 1025 or passing the chemistry pretest administered by SPC Natural Science department. This course is a study of the fundamental concepts of physical science as part of preparation for teaching science in grades 5-9. General topics will include: Newtonian mechanics, force, motion, energy, momentum, magnetism, electricity, light, sound and gravity. Chemistry topics will include the nature of elements, compounds, and mixtures; chemical and physical properties of matter; chemical reactions and nuclear processes. Although knowledge of basic algebra and mathematical skills are required, the course is focused on the conceptual understanding of physical principles rather than on mathematical manipulations. An integrated laboratory component will stress the importance of evidence, observations, experimentation, logic, and argument, and provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting demonstrations and laboratory investigations in the middle school setting. This course is designed for majors in the Middle School General Science, 5-9 program, and addresses specific Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and/or Common Core State Standards and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and required for certification. 92 contact hours.

SCE 3941   SECONDARY SCIENCE FIELD EXPERIENCE (6-8)

credits: 1  

Prerequisite: Admission to:

Middle Grades General Science (5-9) BS, OR
Science Education Biology (6-12) BS or initial certification.

Corequisite: SCE 3945. This course is designed for students who will be obtaining science teacher certification. Students will spend 60 school based hours in a middle school science classroom, working with a mentoring teacher. This course addresses specific Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and/or Common Core State Standards and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and required for certification. 17 contact hours.

SCE 3945   INTERACTIVE PROJECTS THAT PROMOTE LEARNING IN SCIENCE

credits: 3  

Prerequisite:  Admission to Secondary Science Education BS or Middle Grades Science BS OR, initial certification or recertification teacher status. Corequisite: SCE 3941. Topics for this course include; cognitive needs of middle school students, objective based lesson planning, Inquiry science, effective communication, and classroom management. This course is designed to integrate science coursework with practical experience for students preparing to in a middle school science classroom, and students must be enrolled in the field based co-requisite course SCE 3941. The course addresses specific Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and/or Common Core State Standards, and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and required for certification. 47 contact hours

SCE 4330   SECONDARY SCHOOL SCIENCE AND ASSESSSMENT WITH TECHNOLOGY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to Science Education-Biology Emphasis BS or Middle Grades Science Education BS or Initial Certification or recertification. Corequisite: SCE 4940. This course provides instruction in the knowledge and skills needed for students to become effective teachers of high school science. Topics for this course include: cognitive needs of high school students, objective based lesson planning with assessment, effective instructional communication and questioning techniques, multimedia instruction, and use of technology. Practical experience in planning, implementing, assessing, and evaluating science instruction will be provided. This course is designed to integrate science coursework with practical experience for students preparing to teach in a secondary school science classroom. Students must be enrolled in the field based co-requisite course SCE 4940. The course addresses specific Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and/or Common Core State Standards, and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and is required for certification. 47 contact hours.

SCE 4940   INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS IN SECONDARY SCIENCE AND ASSESSMENT WITH TECHNOLOGY PRACTICUM

credits: 1  

Prerequisite: Admission to Secondary Science Education BS or Middle Grades Science Education BS or Initial Certification. Corequisite: SCE 4330. This course is designed for students who will be obtaining teacher certification in secondary science. Students spend a minimum of 60 school-based hours in science classroom grade 9-12. The course addresses specific Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and/or Common Core State Standards, and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and required for certification. 17 contact hours.

SCE 4942   INTERNSHIP: SECONDARY SCIENCE EDUCATION 6-12

credits: 12  

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all Secondary Science Education program requirements and passing of all sections of the General Knowledge and Professional Education Exam. This course requires a teacher candidate to demonstrate competency on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) at the pre-professional level during one semester of full time internship in a 6-12 public or private school setting as approved by the College of Education. Teacher candidates must assume full-day teaching duties for a minimum of six weeks during the fifteen week internship. The internship also includes mandatory on-campus seminars. Contact hours: 525

SCE 4943   INTERNSHIP: MIDDLE GRADES GENERAL SCIENCE EDUCATION 5-9

credits: 12  

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all Middle Grades General Science, 5-9 Education BS program requirements and passing of all sections of the General Knowledge and Professional Education Exam. This course requires a teacher candidate to demonstrate competency on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) at the pre-professional level during one semester of full time internship in a 5-9 school setting as approved by the College of Education. Teacher candidates must assume full-day teaching duties for a minimum of six weeks during the fifteen week internship. The internship also includes mandatory on-campus seminars. Contact hours: a minimum of 35 hours per week for 15 weeks.


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