Course DescriptionThis course focuses on methodologies appropriate for facilitating science instruction at the middle and high school levels in a variety of classroom settings. As candidates for the added authorization Single Subject Credential in Science, students in this course learn, practice, and reflect on the specific pedagogical knowledge needed to teach science to secondary students. Teacher candidates learn specific teaching strategies that are effective in supporting them to teach the state-adopted academic content standards for students in science (7-12). They learn strategies to balance the focus of instruction between science information, concepts, and principles. Additionally, teacher candidates learn how to be reflective practitioners who regularly engage in classroom action research to improve their teaching. Specific topics include the use of scientific investigation, inquiry, and experimentation; cultural sensitivity in science instruction; measuring and recording scientific data; integration of mathematics in science instruction; laboratory safety; and integration of curriculum with real-world applications and connections to careers in science.
Course OutlineThis online methods course satisfies California requirements for teachers who want to add Single Subject Science (biology, chemistry, geoscience, or physics) to their current general education teaching credential.
PrerequisitesPreliminary Teaching Credential.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Study Abroad at UCLA Program : Required