SCIENCE TEACHING CENTER

Undergraduate Courses

SED 200 FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SECONDARY SCIENCE EDUCATION 3, 2/2

Classroom and field experience designed to help students make a better-informed decision if they are contemplating a career in secondary science education. A 30-hour field component is required for each student enrolled. Required for all secondary science education majors.

SED 310 TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL 3, 2/2

Prerequisites: SED 200 or equivalent, enrollment in an elementary or secondary education program, junior standing.Interaction with middle school interdisciplinary teams of teachers and their students, other members of the middle school, college faculty, and invited speakers. Stakeholders work together to facilitate learning about diverse learners and their preferred learning styles; develop a management plan and prepare a variety of assessments, develop an appreciation for the components of the middle school community, including interdisciplinary teams, finding and using community resources, and the school as a community. Field experience at the middle school level.

SED 401 TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING LABORATORY ACTIVITIES IN THE SECONDARY SCIENCE CLASSROOM 3, 0/6

Prerequisites: SED 200 (not to be taken concurrently), EXE 372 or concurrently, EDF 303, and two required courses in each of the cognate sciences (lab based); second course in sequence may be taken concurrently.Science education majors learn selected laboratory techniques necessary to teach New York State Regents secondary science classes. Topics include designing cognate science area lab activities, ordering and maintaining supplies /equipment, storage, safety, preparation of materials, lab set-up, and measurement techniques. Exploration of external influences and pressures in education. A field component of 30 science laboratory contact hours is required for each student enrolled.

SED 405 METHODS AND MATERIALS IN TEACHING SECONDARY SCHOOL SCIENCE 3, 2/2

Prerequisites: Minimum 2.75 GPA in science major (3.0 in earth sciences); SED 401, EDU 417 (may be concurrent).The components of an effective teaching-learning situation in a science (grades 7-12) classroom. Interrelation- ships of secondary science programs; micro-teaching experience and 40 hours of fieldwork.

SED 407 PRACTICE TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL 6, 0/30; OCIF

Prerequisites: SED 405 (minimum grade of B), minimum cumulative 2.75 grade point average in major coursework (3.0 in the earth sciences), completion of the NYSTCE LAST exam, successful completion of English and mathematics basic skills competency. If referred, satisfactory completion, or exemption from, SLA 100, Student Speech Clinic.Teaching under supervision at least five days a week for one quarter in a middle school science classroom; individual and group instruction; planning unit teaching; classroom management and routine classroom procedures; audiovisual aids, computer technology, evaluation and assessment of student progress; participation in total school program. A series of student teaching seminars.

SED 408 PRACTICE TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 6, 0/30; OCIF

Prerequisites: SED 405 (minimum grade of B), minimum cumulative 2.75 grade point average in coursework (3.0 in earth science), completion of the NYSTCE LAST exam, successful completion of English and mathematics basic skills competency. If referred, satisfactory completion, or exemption from SLA 100 Student Speech Clinic.Teaching under supervision at least five days a week for one quarter in the high school science classroom; individual and group instruction; planning unit teaching; classroom management and routine classroom procedures; audiovisual aids, computer technology, evaluation and assessment of student progress; participation in total school program. A series of student teaching seminars.

SED 409 SEMINAR IN SECONDARY SCIENCE EDUCATION 3, 2/2

Prerequisites: SED 405 (minimum grade of B), 2.75 GPA in science major coursework (3.0 in earth sciences), secondary majors SED 407 and SED 408 concurrently; elementary science extension SED 407 concurrently.Assist student teachers in analysis of their ""real"" classroom experiences-from management issues to content presentation. Conflicting philosophies in current education. Portfolio development and ongoing development of personal teaching philosophy and practices. Develop interview techniques and make application for NYS teacher certification. Taken concurrently with SED 407 and SED 408.

Graduate Courses

SCI 631 CURRICULAR TRENDS IN SCIENCE TEACHING IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 3, 3/0

Recent curriculum developments in elementary school science. Students work with elementary science curricular material in a workshop atmosphere to understand the philosophies, objectives, and historical events leading to their development. Students develop and share practical classroom adaptations of these materials.

SCI 632 CURRICULAR TRENDS IN SCIENCE TEACHING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL 3, 3/0

Prerequisite: One year of teaching science as a subject, assignment to an administrative position with responsibility for science curriculum, or instructor permission. Recent curriculum developments, philosophies, objectives, and materials; current understandings of the psychology of inquiry; historical events leading to changes in curriculum. Required in all graduate secondary education programs.

SCI 685 EVALUATION IN SCIENCE EDUCATION 3, 3/0

Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of graduatelevel coursework. Philosophy of evaluation as applied to science education; models of evaluation; techniques used in the practical application of the models; examples and procedures directly related to science teaching. Required in all science secondary education programs.

SCI 690 MASTER’S PROJECT 3, 3/0

A study undertaken by one or more individuals on a problem of special interest submitted in acceptable form according to directions given by the Earth Sciences and Science Education Department.

SCI 694 RESEARCH METHODS AND TECHNIQUES IN SCIENCE EDUCATION 3, 3/0

Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of graduatelevel coursework in science or science education. Nature of educational research: problem analysis; descriptive and inferential statistics; experimental design; strategy of historical, descriptive, and experimental studies. Recommended for students planning educational research projects or theses.

SCI 695/SCI 795  MASTER’S THESIS 6, 0/0

Individual investigation of an original problem submitted in acceptable form according to directions given by the Graduate School.

SCI 501 HISTORY OF SCIENCE 3, 3/0

Historic development of major scientific discoveries and achievements within a narrow range that directly impacts the  teaching of science. Contextual forces that affect science discovery. Contributions from other disciplines such as mathematics, technology, navigation, military actions and engineering.

SCI 502 SECONDARY SCIENCE EDUCATION TEACHING: THEORY, CONTENT AND PEDAGOGY 6, 3/0

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the graduate science education program. Use of inquiry-based teaching techniques to develop concepts central to the National Science Education Standards and New York State MST Standards. Teaching strategies, safety, science in the community, nature of science, assessment, unit and lesson planning, classroom management, standards, and dispositions for teachers. For middle and high school classrooms.

SCI 521 LABORATORY TECHNIQUES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS 3, 3/0

Appropriate laboratory exercises designed to acquaint the elementary teacher with the subject matter, laboratory equipment, and techniques necessary to effectively teach elementary science.

SCI 524 SECONDARY SCIENCE INSTRUCTION 1, 1/0

Content, teaching methods, activities, and evaluation procedures typically included in secondary science classes. Designed to aid exceptional educatio resource and consulting teachers at the secondary level in their work with science content teachers.

SCI 527 CURRENT TOPICS IN SCIENCE 3, 3/0

Prerequisites: 6 credit hours each in two science areas. Implications of science research for present and future living; implications of research in science for the secondary school science curriculum.

SCI 537 ENERGY EDUCATION IN THE PRECOLLEGE CLASSROOM 3, 3/0

Current domestic energy issues: energy laws, energy conservation, fossil fuels, nuclear power, and the renewable energy options (solar, wind, biomass, etc.); existing energy curricula (units, films, games); appropriate classroom and field energy activities for children. Designed for in-service, precollege teachers.

SCI 540 LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS SEMINAR 3, 3/0

In-depth discussions of environmental problems on the Niagara Frontier by local experts, designed to supply in-service science teachers and others concerned with the local environment with current local environmental information.

SCI 545 LITERACY FOR TEACHING SCIENCE 3, 2/2

Prerequisites: A previous literacy skills course; acceptance into a graduate science teacher degree program. Study of literacy related to secondary science. Promotion of literacy; action research project on identifying literacy levels of students; planning literacy activities based on data collection.

SCI 628 SEMINAR IN SECONDARY SCIENCE EDUCATION 3, 3/0

Recent research in educational psychology and its application for science teaching; contemporary trends in science education; sociological and philosophical implications of science; recent research in science education; issues identified by students enrolled in class. Required in all graduate science secondary education programs.