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Introduction | Biology Concentration
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Physics Concentration | Naturalist Internship
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PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Richard M. Lodyga

PROGRAM OFFICE
McCarthy Hall 527

PROGRAM WEBSITE
http://nsm.fullerton.edu/scied/

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Master of Arts in Teaching Science (MAT-S)
Subject Matter Preparation Program for the Single Subject Credential in Science (7-12)

FACULTY
Gaylen Carlson (Geological Sciences), Nancy Pelaez (Biological Science), Barbara Gonzalez (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

ADVISERS
MAT-S: Gaylen Carlson
Secondary Teaching Certification: Gaylen Carlson, Nancy Pelaez, Barbara Gonzalez
Coordinator for Secondary Science Education Credentialing: Douglas Stone

INTRODUCTION
Science Education is a specialized area of learning and instruction related to the pre-service and in-service education of science teachers.

The Science Education Program prepares students to teach science at the elementary and secondary levels; provides guidance for new, as well as, experienced teachers, in the study and use of educational practices developed for the teaching of sciences; and helps teachers develop original ideas in their areas of specialization.

The offerings of this program include basic professional training courses required for teaching – certification in the physical and life sciences, advanced course work in science education, and certain academic content offerings designed especially for teacher preparation.

The program teaches scientific content, scientific processes and curriculum for teachers. The program offers courses for prospective and practicing secondary teachers in the methods of teaching science and in the processes of science and is responsible for the supervision of teachers in student teaching assignments. The courses and experiences provide prospective secondary teachers with the skills necessary to teach the scientific content of their particular science certification.

Please note: Because changes may occur in the course number and/or titles throughout the next two years due to State mandated requirement revision for the preliminary credential, you may find discrepancies between what is written below and what is listed in the catalog or on-line. If you have any concerns, please call Douglas Stone, Credentialing Coordinator for Secondary Science Education (714) 278-5637, or Richard Lodyga, Director, Science education program (714) 278-4680.

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TEACHING CREDENTIALS

Candidates for the Single Subject Credential in Science (K-12) are required to take professional courses, breadth courses, and a concentration in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics.

Professional Courses
Science Ed 442 Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3)
Science Ed 449E Externship in Secondary Teaching (3)
Science Ed 449I Internship in Secondary Teaching (10)
Science Ed 449S Seminar in Secondary Teaching (3)

The student should take Science Ed 442 concurrently with Science Ed 449E (5 weeks of student teaching at the end of the semester). Science Ed 449I (full-time student teaching) and Science Ed 449S are taken concurrently in the following semester.

Breadth of Study in Science (28-36 units)
Biology 172 Cellular Basis of Life (5)
Chemistry 120A,B General Chemistry (5,5)
Geological Sci 101 Physical Geology (3)
Geological Sci 101L Physical Geology Lab (1)
Geological Sci 420 Earth Science for Teachers (4)
Physics 211, 212 Elementary Physics (6)*
Physics 211L, 212L Elementary Physics Lab (2)*

Concentrations in Science
These classes are normally associated with a major or a concentration in one of the following as described below: Biological Science (22-24 units), Chemistry and/or Biochemistry (20-26 units), Geological Sciences (22 units), or Physics (27 units). Students should meet with a science education adviser to discuss required selected courses and prerequisites, approved equivalent or substitutions of courses.


BIOLOGY SUBJECT MATTER CONCENTRATION (22-24 units)

Chem 301 A,B; 302; and Math 130, 150A, or 337; Biology 241 Botany (4); and Biology 261 Zoology (4)

  1. Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Biology 172 Cellular Basis of Life (5)
    Biology 273 Genetics and Molecular Biology (5)
  2. Functional Biology of Organisms
    A. Biology of Plants and Animals (select one):
        Biology 317 Field Marine Biology (3)
        Biology 340 Field Botany (3)
        Biology 419 Marine Ecology (3)
        Biology 442 Pollination Biology (3)
        Biology 443 Plant Ecology (3)
        Biology 446 Marine Phycology (4)
        Biology 466 Animal Behavior (3)
        Biology 467 Entomology (4)
        Biology 474 Natural History of Vertebrates (4)
        Biology 475 Ichthyology (4)
        Biology 476 Herpetology (4)
        Biology 478 Mammalogy (4)
        Biology 479 Ornithology (4)
    B. Physiology of Plants and Animals (select one):
        Biology 362 Mammalian Physiology (4)
        Biology 444 Plant Physiology Ecology (4)
        Biology 468 Comparative Animal Physiology (4)
        Biology 470 Cellular Neurobiology (4)
  3. Ecology
    Biology 274 Principles of Physiology and Ecology (4)
  4. Evolution Concepts, Mechanisms and Patterns (select one):
    Biology 344 Survey of the Land Plants (4)
    Biology 401 Biogeography (3)
    Biology 404 Evolution (3)
    Biology 441 Plant Taxonomy (4)
    Biology 450 Conservation Biology (3)
    Biology 461 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4)

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CHEMISTRY AND/OR BIOCHEMISTRY SUBJECT MATTER
CONCENTRATION (20-26 units)

Math 150A Calculus (Prerequisite)
Math 150B Calculus (Prerequisite)
Chem 301A Organic Chemistry (3)
Chem 301B Organic Chemistry (3)
Chem 302 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3)
Chem 315 Theory of Quantitative Chemistry (3)
Chem 316 Quantitative Chemistry Lab (1)
Chem 361A Introduction to Physical Chemistry (3)
Chem 361B Introduction to Physical Chemistry (3)
    *Not for majors in the subject matter area.

Select two classes of the following:
Chem 325 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Chem 423A General Biochemistry (3)
Chem 423B General Biochemistry (3)
Chem 431 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
Chem 435 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (2)
Chem 437 Environment Water Chemistry (2)

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GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES SUBJECT MATTER
CONCENTRATION (21 units)

Math 150A Calculus (Prerequisite)
Math 150B Calculus (Prerequisite)
Geological Sci 201 Earth History (3)
Geological Sci 303A Mineralogy and Introduction to Petrology (4)
Geological Sci 303B Mineralogy and Introduction to Petrology (4)
Geological Sci 333 General Oceanography (3)
Geological Sci 340 General Meteorology (3)
Physics 120 Introduction to Astronomy (3)

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PHYSICS SUBJECT MATTER CONCENTRATION (27 units)
Math 150A Calculus (Prerequisite)
Math 150B Calculus (Prerequisite)
Physics 225 Fundamental Physics: Mechanics (3)
Physics 225L Fundamental Physics: Mechanics Lab (1)
Physics 226 Electricity and Magnetism (3)
Physics 226L Electricity and Magnetism lab (1)
Physics 227 Waves, Optics and Modern Physics (3)
Physics 227L Waves, Optics and Modern Physics Lab (1)
Physics 310 Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Stat Physics (3)
Physics 320 Classical Mechanics (4)
Physics 330 Electromagnetic Theory (4)
Physics 340 Modern Physics (4)

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NATURALIST INTERNSHIPS
In recognition of the need for education in nature interpretation and conservation, the Science Education Program offers course work and internships at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in the Santa Ana Mountains.

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MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING SCIENCE

The primary objectives of the Master of Arts in Teaching Science are to provide advanced course work in science curriculum designs appropriate to the professional responsibilities of science educators; to provide research and seminar opportunities in contemporary issues in science education; and to enable teachers to become more proficient in science disciplines appropriate to their academic teaching assignments. A secondary track and an elementary track are available.

Fifteen units of course work are selected from the departments of Biological Science, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Physics, or Science Education (if elementary track). Fifteen units of work are required from the Science Education Program. The graduate work culminates with the student completing a project or thesis in an area of science education which is applicable to the student’s teaching. Faculty from the program and other departments form the committee which guides and evaluates each graduate student.

Admission Requirements
University requirements include a baccalaureate from an accredited institution and a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units attempted (see section of this catalog on Graduate Admission for complete statement and procedures). In addition to the University requirements for admission, acceptance in the MAT-S program is contingent upon the following:

  1. Candidates must submit two applications, the "California State University Graduate Application for Admission," and one to the Science Education Program. The Science Education Program application for the MAT-S must include:
    (a) two signed letters of recommendation;
    (b) a personal resume;
    (c) documentation of a teaching credential; and
    (d) a Statement of Purpose of 1-2 pages with information about the candidate's science area
         of interest.
  2. A teaching credential is normally required for classified standing.
    In special circumstances, a MAT-S faculty adviser may agree to
    work with a student who has not completed a teaching credential program. For example, an applicant who teaches in a private school or works in a museum may complete the MAT-S without a teaching credential. In these cases, a MAT-S faculty adviser will write a letter waiving the credential requirement for classified standing.
  3. Completion of course work equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in one of the sciences. (For the elementary track, the baccalaureate degree is not normally in the sciences, but the application must provide evidence of in-depth work within the sciences beyond the minimum requirements for a multiple subject teaching credential.)
  4. Acceptance by a faculty project/thesis adviser.
  5. The admission decision will be made only after the application file is complete.

Application Deadlines
The deadlines for completing on-line applications are March 1st for the fall semester and October 1st for the spring semester (see http://www.csumentor.edu). Mailed applications need to be postmarked by the same deadlines. However, deadlines may be changed based upon enollment projections. Check the university graduate studies website for current information: http://www.fullerton.edu/graduate/.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to candidacy is attained by requesting a graduation check and receiving subsequent approval of the MAT-S faculty adviser and the MAT-S graduate program adviser on the Grad Check Review Form. This form is mailed to students by the University Graduate Studies Office.

Classified Standing
Students should achieve classified standing as soon as they are eligible. A student who meets the admission standards needs to develop a study plan in consultation with the MAT-S faculty adviser and MAT-S graduate program adviser before nine units of degree coursework has been completed. Classified standing will be granted once the study plan has been reviewed and approved by the MAT-S faculty and the Associate Vice President, Academic Programs.

Students will be notified by the Graduate Studies Office when the study plan is approved and classified standing is granted. Once the study plan is approved, changes can be made only with the approval of the MAT-S faculty adviser and the MAT-S graduate program adviser.

Study Plan
The degree program consists of 30 units of upper-division or graduate course work of which at least half must be 500-level, and which must be completed with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

  1. (Secondary Track) 15 units will be in the sciences, in upper-division and graduate courses. At least nine units will be taken in one of the following: biology, chemistry, computer science, geological sciences or physics. (Elementary Track) 15 units in upper-division and graduate courses. Electives will be chosen from biology, chemistry, computer science, geological sciences, physics or science education.
  2. 15 units will be in science education with the following requirements:

Core Courses
Science Ed 550 Theoretical Designs in Science Education (3)
Science Ed 552 Review of Research in Science Education (3)*
Science Ed 554 Issues in Science Education (3)

Culminating Experience
Science Ed 598 Thesis (6)
OR Science Ed 597 Project (3) and Science Ed 599 IndependentGraduate Research (3)

For further information and advisement, consult the graduate program adviser or Director of the Science Education Program.

* Meets the Graduate Level Writing Requirement.

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SCIENCE EDUCATION COURSES
Courses are designated as SCED in the class schedule.

SCED 412    Processes of Science

Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing in a science major or admission to the MAT-Science graduate program. Methodologies (action research), logical procedures and explanatory systems that characterize the various natural sciences. The role of science and technology in society. (2 hours lecture, 1 hour activity, 1 hour to be arranged)
Units: (3)

SCED 442    Teaching Science in the Secondary School

Description: Prerequisite: appropriate education and science education course work for credential. Curricular objectives, methods, and materials including audiovisual instruction for teaching science. Required before student teaching for candidates for the single subject teaching credential in either the life sciences or the physical sciences. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity).
Units: (3)

SCED 449E    Externship in Secondary Teaching

Description: Prerequisite: Science Ed 412 (may be taken concurrently) (See description under Secondary Education)
Units: (3)

SCED 449I    Internship in Secondary Teaching

Description: (See description under Secondary Education).
Units: (10)

SCED 449S    Seminar in Secondary Teaching

Description: (See description under Secondary Education)
Units: (3)

SCED 495A    Naturalist Internship

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Supervised in-service training at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. For the prospective biological science teacher, communications major and others interested.
Units: (3)

SCED 495B    Naturalist Internship

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Supervised in-service training at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. For the prospective biological science teacher, communications major and others interested.
Units: (3)

SCED 499    Independent Study

Description: Special topics in science education, selected by consultation and completed under the supervision of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-3)

SCED 550    Theoretical Designs in Science Education

Description: Review of major directions, designs and assumptions of science education reform such as the nature of science and scientific inquiry, scientific literacy, the National Science Education Standards, state curricular frameworks, standards, and international and national science assessment. Emphasis will be placed on how reform affects curriculum, major curricular projects and curricular evaluation. (3 hour lecture)
Units: (3)

SCED 552    Review of Research in Science Education

Description: Prerequisite: graduate standing. A review of relevant literature which provides the foundation for modern reform in science education. Analyses of research design and execution of appropriate experimental or observational procedures to test hypotheses concerning problems in science education. (3 hour lecture)
Units: (3)

SCED 554    Issues in Science Education

Description: Prerequisite: graduate standing. Major contemporary issues in science education. (3 hours lecture)
Units: (3)

SCED 597    Project

Description: Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and an appointed thesis committee. Co-requisite: Science Ed 599 (3 units). The selection, investigation and written presentation of a project in science education.
Units: (1-3)

SCED 598    Thesis

Description: Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and an appointed thesis committee. The selection, investigation and written presentation of an experimental problem in science education.
Units: (1-6)

SCED 599    Independent Graduate Research

Description: Graduate student research in a specific area of science education. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-3)

 

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