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Science Education

College of Education

Course of Study

Our program is based on three phases as outlined:

Field and Clinical Experiences

Phase I: Diversity and the Politics of Schooling Practicum. In the EDSE 2484 course, pre-service teachers spend one week’s class time (minimum four clock hours) in the practicum setting with a focus on observation. In addition, UW students must complete a full day practicum experience in Denver Public Schools for an urban school experience. These experiences are administered through the Department of Educational Studies in collaboration with identified facilitator(s) in our partner schools.

Phase II: Teacher as Practitioner Practicum: The EDSE 3000 course includes a five-week (minimum 30 clock hours) practicum. These placements are aligned with the pre-service teachers’ degree program area with a focus on introductory pedagogy. These experiences are administered through the Department of Educational Studies in collaboration with identified facilitator(s).

Phase IIIA: Science Methods I and II (EDSE 3275/4275) and Phase IIIB: Residency (EDSE 4500): In Phase III, Science Education candidates demonstrate proficiency in subject matter and pedagogical knowledge, gained through a program in science courses and pedagogy courses specific to science teaching. Candidates earn a concurrent major in science and science education. In addition, candidates in Science Education take 6 hours of courses on methods of teaching secondary science.

Science Methods I serves as an introduction to science teaching. The goal in this course is to identify attributes of teaching and learning science concepts and inquiry skills that are critical to effective instruction. Assignments and activities are intended to have pre-service teachers do things that practicing teachers regularly do in their classrooms. During this course, pre-service teachers explore science teaching approaches in line with the National Science Education Standards (NSES). The purpose of Science Methods II is to prepare pre-service teachers for student teaching and a professional career in secondary school settings. EDSE 4275 is designed to offer experiences that enhance pre-service teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) and the skills they need to successfully make science education appropriate for all students.

Phase IIIB is a full-time 16-week requirement. Placements are made with a collaborative process that includes UW College of Education faculty and partner school faculty and administration. Pre-service teachers complete their assignment in a secondary school science classroom, under the mentorship of a highly qualified science teacher.

To get an idea of the courses you will be taking for the Science Education program, follow this link to see the Science Education Program Sheets. Or, click on the subject of interest below:

  •     Biology
  •     Chemistry
  •     Earth Science
  •     Geology
  •     Physics

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