Natural and Applied Sciences Courses

Science Education (SCI) courses

  • SCI 214 Introduction to Science Teaching in the 21st Century

    Prerequisite: completion of eight hours of science courses.

    The course is an introduction to science teaching and to the field of science. Topics in the course include the nature of science, scientific inquiry and research in the sciences. The students will explore how scientists conduct research and how teachers and students conduct research in classrooms. Public Affairs Capstone Experience course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    102Fall
    Projected offerings
  • SCI 314 Techniques and Technology in Science Laboratory Teaching

    Prerequisite: SCI 214 and SEC 302; and one laboratory courses in each science discipline: BIO, CHM, PHY, GLG or GRY.

    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. Pre-service teachers will have opportunities to familiarize themselves with laboratory equipment and techniques they will use to teach science in middle or high schools. Field trips to local schools will be required. Public Affairs Capstone Experience course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
    Projected offerings
  • SCI 404 Teaching of Middle School Natural Science

    Prerequisite: BIO 205 and CHM 116 and 117 and PHY 101 and GRY 240; EDC 350 or concurrent enrollment; and admission to Teacher Education Program; RDG 318 and MID 421 are recommended.

    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 offered
    322Spring
    Projected offerings
  • SCI 414 Teaching of Secondary School Natural Science

    Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program; SCI 214 and SCI 314; completion of 20 hours in the primary science field; minimum of one required course in BIO, CHM, PHY, GLG or GRY; EDC 350 or concurrent enrollment; RDG 474 is recommended.

    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. Students will learn to assess content knowledge achievement through formal and informal techniques. Practical classroom management will be emphasized. A 15 hour practicum is required. Field trips are required. Portfolio checkpoint 2 is partially addressed through assignments in this courses. Credited only on BSEd. A grade of "C" or better is required in this class in order to take SCI 493 and SCI 494. Cannot be taken Pass/Not Pass. Public Affairs Capstone Experience course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
    Projected offerings
  • SCI 493 Supervised Teaching (Secondary Science)

    Prerequisite: SCI 414; a grade of "C: or better in all professional education courses; current pre-professional liability insurance; and approval for supervised teaching; and concurrent enrollment in SCI 494.

    Student observes, then teaches science under the direction of the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor. Student participates in school-related activities appropriate to the assignment and attends all required meetings. In order to receive a grade in this course, the student's professional portfolio must meet or exceed final criteria. Course will not count toward the major GPA. Public Affairs Capstone Experience course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    6Fall, Spring
    Projected offerings
  • SCI 494 Supervised Teaching (Secondary Science)

    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in SCI 493.

    Student observes, then teaches under the direction of the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor. Student participates in school-related activities appropriate to the assignment and attends all required meetings. In order to receive a grade in this course, the student's professional portfolio must meet or exceed final criteria. Course will not count toward the major GPA. Public Affairs Capstone Experience course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    6Fall, Spring
    Projected offerings
  • SCI 499 Clinical Experience in Teaching II

    Prerequisite: EDC 199; and admitted to Teacher Education Program; and grades of "C" 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, FCS 498, HST 499, KIN 498, MCL 491, MID 499, MTH 496, MUS 499, SCI 499, SEC 499, SPE 499, THE 493.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    4Fall, Spring
    Projected offerings
  • SCI 505 Intellectual Foundations of Science and Technology

    Prerequisite: 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 605 and SCI 505.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
    Projected offerings
  • SCI 580 Topics in Science Education

    Prerequisite: 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 up to 6 hours when the topic varies. No more than 6 hours may be counted toward a degree. May be taught concurrently with SCI 685. Cannot receive credit for both SCI 685 and SCI 580.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-4Upon demand
    Projected offerings
  • 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
    330Spring
    Projected offerings
  • SCI 662 Teaching Science Using Technology in the Classroom and Laboratory

    Prerequisite: SCI 784.

    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
    322Summer
    Projected offerings
  • 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 up to 6 hours when the topic varies. No more than 6 hours may be counted toward a degree. May be taught concurrently with SCI 580. Cannot receive credit for both SCI 685 and SCI 580.

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

    Prerequisite: 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 up to 6 hours when the topic varies. Maximum of 6 hours may be counted toward degree.

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

    Prerequisites: SFR 797; passed the Missouri Content Assessment exam in the primary science emphasis area; and 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 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 75 hour practicum experience, students observe classroom teachers and teach science under the direction of a cooperating teacher and the university supervisor. Students participate in school-related activities and attend all required meetings. Students complete an on-going seminar through face-to-face meetings or synchronous online communication.

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

    Prerequisite: SCI 783; passed the Missouri Content Assessment exam in the primary science emphasis area; and current pre-professional liability insurance.

    This course is a professional internship for science teacher education candidates. The teacher candidate is assigned to a school district with a cooperating teacher and is expected to observe, tutor, teach and reflect upon the results of these activities. As a reflective practitioner, the teacher candidate alters the practice or consciously continues. Teacher candidates will also demonstrate mastery of the all MTS quality indicators that comprise the student teaching evaluations. In addition to becoming a reflective practitioner, teacher candidates are expected to meet the needs of individuals with diverse learning needs and provide students with an appropriate multicultural perspective. Missouri Pre-service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) is required for this course. Students participate in school-related activities and attend all required meetings. Students complete an on-going seminar through face-to-face meetings or synchronous online communication.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    10Spring
    Projected offerings