Natural and Applied Sciences Courses

Science Education (SCI) courses

  • SCI 404 Teaching of Middle School Natural Science

     BIO 100  or BIO 101  and BIO 111 ; and CHM 116  and CHM 117  and PHY 101  and GRY 240 ; EDC 350  or concurrent enrollment; and admission to Teacher Education.

    Integration of current science learning theories and standards into practical classroom experiences for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Students will learn to design and teach science through various inquiry pedagogical approaches. A 15 hour practicum is required. Field trips are required. Portfolio checkpoint 2 is partially addressed through assignments in this course. Credited only on BSEd degree. A grade of "C" or better is required in this course in order to take MID 493 or MID 494. Cannot be taken Pass/Not Pass.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    322Spring
  • SCI 499 Clinical Experience in Teaching II

    EDC 199; and admitted to Teacher Education; and C grade or better in all professional education courses; and completion of portfolio checkpoints 1 and 2; and current pre-professional liability insurance; and program approval.

    This course is designed to meet HB 1711 for student's experience as a Teacher's Aide or Assistant Rule (Rule 5 CSR 80-805.040), to that of conventional student teachers within the same program. It is also designed to support completion of additional clinical requirements within that program including: seminars and workshops, required meetings, school related activities appropriate to the assignment, demonstrated mastery of the MoSPE standards and completion and overall assessment of a Professional Preparation Portfolio. This course is credited only on BSEd or appropriate masters-level certification programs. Can only receive credit for one of the following: AGE 499, AGT 499, ART 469, COM 493, ECE 499, ELE 499, ENG 434, CTE 498, HST 499, KIN 498, LCR 491, MID 499, MTH 496, MUS 499, SCI 499, SEC 499, SPE 499, THE 493.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    4Fall, Spring
  • SCI 505 Intellectual Foundations of Science and Technology

    70 hours including 8 hours of natural science.

    An historical and philosophical examination of the origins and the development of science and technology. The differences between science and technology, their interrelationships in modern times, and the impact of each of these on society will be considered. May be taught concurrently with SCI 605. Cannot receive credit for both SCI 505 and SCI 605.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    33Spring
  • SCI 580 Topics in Science Education

    70 hours.

    A variable content course for offering selected topics of interest to science teachers in the elementary, middle, or secondary schools; or in college classrooms. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours when the topic varies. No more than six hours may be counted toward a degree. May be taught concurrently with SCI 685. Cannot receive credit for both SCI 580 and SCI 685.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    1-4Upon demand
  • SCI 605 Intellectual Foundations of Science and Technology

    An historical and philosophical examination of the origins and the development of science and technology. The differences between science and technology, their interrelationships in modern times, and the impact of each of these on society will be considered. May be taught concurrently with SCI 505. Cannot receive credit for both SCI 505 and SCI 605.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    33Spring
  • SCI 662 Teaching Science Using Technology in the Classroom and Laboratory

    In this course, students will experience hands-on uses of technology in the science classroom and science teaching laboratory. Instruction will focus on safe and effective uses of laboratory techniques and technology to teach science. The course will emphasize the potential of the science laboratory as a vehicle to promote student understanding of science and scientific inquiry. There is a special emphasis on using technology and online resources to supplement instruction in the science classroom. This includes, but not limited to, the use of probes, various software simulations and modeling programs along with internet access to databases and other appropriate websites showing simulations, etc. that support the learning environment in science.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • SCI 685 Topics in Science Education

    A variable content course for offering selected topics of interest to science teachers in the elementary, middle, or secondary schools; or in college classrooms. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours when the topic varies. No more than six hours may be counted toward a degree. May be taught concurrently with SCI 580. Cannot receive credit for both SCI 580 and SCI 685.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-4Upon demand
  • SCI 780 Advanced Topics in Science Education

    12 hours of graduate coursework.

    A variable content course for offering selected topics of interest to science teachers in the elementary, middle, or secondary schools; or in college classrooms. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours when the topic varies. Maximum of six hours may be counted toward degree.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-4Upon demand
  • SCI 783 Internship in Teaching Secondary Science I

    admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program; complete an appropriate background check; attempt the current DESE designated assessment(s); and maintain  current pre-professional liability insurance.

    Introduction to the fundamental skills necessary to become a confident well rounded science teacher in the high school setting. This course emphasizes the integration of current science learning theories and standards into classroom experiences. Students learn to design and teach science through various inquiry pedagogical approaches. Students learn to assess content knowledge achievement through formal and informal techniques. Practical classroom management will be emphasized. During the 60-hour practicum experience, students observe classroom teachers and teach science under the direction of a cooperating teacher and the university supervisor. Students complete an on-going seminar through asynchronous online assignments and communication.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    314Spring
  • SCI 784 Internship in Teaching Secondary Science II

    SCI 783; acceptance into the Master of Arts in Teaching program; a passing score on the current DESE designated assessment(s) are required; additionally, the candidate must have a background check, current pre-professional liability insurance, and maintain compliance.

    This course is a semester-long, on-site supervised teaching experience in secondary science. The experience will be conducted within an accredited private or public school. It encompasses field experience and full-time student teaching, under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor. During this experience, the candidate will observe, then ultimately assume complete responsibility for teaching, including planning the lessons, instruction, assessment, and classroom management to meet the needs of all learners. Successful completion of the DESE teaching performance assessment is required. The candidate is expected to adhere to the normal schedule of the site, including full workdays and weeks, active participation in school-related activities, and attendance at all required meetings and professional development activities.  Students complete an on-going seminar through face-to-face meetings or synchronous online communication. Further details and policies related to this course can be found in the Student Teaching Handbook. The internship starts with 15 hours of practicum/observation. Student teaching will include a full semester of full-time school contact hours under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor. 

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    9Fall, Spring