Science is a dynamic, exciting field that covers areas from leaf identification to quantum physics. Students are often drawn to it because of their natural curiosity and the diverse areas of study that can spark their own varied interests. Science is a natural question initiator; "Why is the sky blue" and "what kind of food do mealworms prefer" are questions any level of student might ask, and the level of answer will vary with the age and experience of the student. These questions are actually an excellent starting point for approaching the National Science Education Standards, which all too often are overlooked as "rules", "state mandated requirements", or "stuff we have to teach for the test".
In actuality, the Science Standards are an excellent framework for what we SHOULD cover in a given grade level and how it COULD be done. It does not approach science from a "fact based" approach but instead emphasizes the following ideas:
(National Science Education Standards, NRC)
In this course, we will be seeking ways to do Number 4. But the underlying trend is to not only cover the Science Standards but also to motivate, inspire, and drive our students to love or at least appreciate science and its workings. Often times, the stress and need to prepare for the pass the information along pushes teachers to cover material in a traditional method, and the wonder and excitement of science is lost to time spent on covering "the curriculum", or "stuff on the test". There is an innate tendency for children of all age levels to discover and explore how nature works.
This does not have to be hindered or lost because of the need to teach to "the standards".
Though this course will be directed at presenting science-oriented strategies, teachers of any subject area will benefit from the activities, discussions, and motivators presented in this class. Some of these strategies will directly aid in the teaching of math and technology. With some "tweaking", these strategies can also be used in English, Social Studies, and Language Arts subjects as well.
The aim of this course is to infuse within its students the thrill and excitement of science. By looking at what teachers already do, and either adding or adjusting what they do, science in the classroom can be enhanced or even revitalized. Science education develops the skills not only for future doctors, scientists, and engineers but also for future citizens who will have to make decisions on many new science advances that will affect their own lives.
This course has several main objectives. First, it will explore what it means to "do science". Second, we will investigate what skills students should be learning to aid them in doing science. Third, we will examine the National Science Education Standards and evaluate their use in creating labs, demos, and activities. Fourth, we will critique and develop activities with an emphasis on bringing "excitement" to the science classroom. And finally, we will assess the myriad laboratory and paper activities, media, and other resources available to improve how our students see and do science.
Graduate Participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional Development participants receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes, and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.
Session/Module 1: Science as a Process
Session/Module 2: Science Standards at Every Level
Session/Module 3: Introducing FACTS
Session/Module 4: Using Inquiry Based Laboratory Exercises to Enhance Science Retention
Session/Module 5: Demos and Models and Science Fairs – another way to teach ideas
Session/Module 6: Another type of fun in Science – Roleplays, Games, and Songs
Session/Module 7: Reading and Writing in Science
Session/Module 8: Multimedia and Science
Session/Module 9: Science and Technology
Session/Module 10: Final Presentations
Online Courses are 13 weeks in length.
Face-to-Face Course courses are held Friday evening from 6pm-9pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am-6pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:30am- 5:30pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district or school to ensure that all requirements are being met.
Check the Partner University area of our website for specific course tuition.
Students are to purchase their own textbook. Click “Textbook List” for information.
Professional Development participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes.