California State University, Fullerton

Science Education


PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Victoria Costa

PROGRAM OFFICE
McCarthy Hall 527

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

PROGRAMS OFFERED

Master of Arts in Teaching Science (MAT-S)
Single Subject (7-12) Credential in

Biological Sciences, Biological Sciences Specialized, Chemistry, Chemistry Specialized, Geosciences, Geosciences Specialized, Physics, Physics Specialized, Foundational Level General Science

Subject Matter Preparation Program for

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics, Foundational Level General Science
Minor in Natural Sciences
Future Teachers

FACULTY
Victoria Costa (Science Education), Barbara Gonzalez (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Galen Carlson (Geological Sciences)

ADVISERS
MAT-S: Victoria Costa
Single Subject Credential: Victoria
Costa (Science Education), Tara Barnhart (Secondary Education)

Subject Matter Preparation Program:
Chemistry and Physics – Barbara Gonzalez (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Biological Sciences – Megan Tommerup (Biological Sciences), Geological Sciences – Galen Carlson (Geological Sciences)
Minor in Natural Science: Victoria
Costa (Science Education)

INTRODUCTION
Programs in Science Education are offered at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate levels. The philosophy of the Science Education Programs at California State University, Fullerton is based upon the belief that teachers play a preeminent role in the science educational process. We prepare teachers to have confidence in their own abilities to access resources and gain the understanding that they need to help individual students become more scientifically literate. Furthermore, we also believe that effective science content preparation is critical in preparing teachers who are able to transform the science content knowledge that they learn in their courses into pedagogical content knowledge that can be taught to others. This process of transformation encompasses all aspects of instruction and evaluation nexus. The science education faculty agrees that teachers must be open and interested in new ideas. They engage in their own inquiry as co-investigators with students who learn science through multiple methods, including inquiry. We support teachers who as active, alert members of their school community, and help the next generation become effective and positive contributors to a diverse society. The Science Subject Matter Preparation Program plays a vital role in preparing future teachers who are steeped in these philosophies and beliefs.

The mission of the Science Education Programs is to prepare students who are competent in subject matter content to teach science at the elementary and secondary levels. Furthermore, we provide guidance and support for both beginning and experienced teachers in the study and use of educational practices developed for the teaching of science, as well as helping these teachers develop original ideas as they relate to their areas of specialization. The program’s primary goal is to address the special needs of both pre-service and in-service science teachers.

Student Outcomes and Indicators
After successful completion of a program of study, our credential recipients and program graduates are:

Outcome 1: Knowledgeable and Competent Specialists

Outcome 2: Reflective and Responsive Practitioners

Outcome 3: Committed and Caring Professionals

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MINOR IN NATURAL SCIENCES
The Minor in Natural Sciences enables students to gain an understanding in several scientific areas and have a more comprehensive appreciation of the natural sciences by taking courses in at least three different science disciplines. It offers prospective elementary and middle school teachers, as well as majors in other fields such as communications, business, and computer science, a 21-unit (minimum) program that will familiarize them with the most important ideas and problems in the sciences. The minor also meets the requirements for a supplemental credential for prospective elementary teachers and prepares candidates for the CSET subtests for the Foundational Level General Science Credential.

Lower-Division Courses (9-11 units total)
Students choose at least three units from each category listed below. The selection must include an asterisk (*) course from Life Science and a second asterisk (*) course from either Physical Sciences or Earth/Astronomical Sciences. (Note that with the exception of Geological Sci 102, Biology 102 and Physics 102, all asterisk courses have either a required prerequisite or corequisite.)

Earth/Astronomical Sciences
Geological Sci 101 Physical Geology (3)
Geological Sci 101L Physical Geology Laboratory (1)*
Geological Sci 102 Earth and Astronomical Science for Future Elementary Teachers (3)*

Physics 120 Introduction to Astronomy (3)

Life Science
Biology 101 Elements of Biology (3)
Biology 101L Elements of Biology Laboratory (1)*
Biology 102 Biology for Future Elementary Teachers (3)*

Physical Sciences
Chemistry 100 Survey of Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 100L Survey of Chemistry Laboratory (1)*
Chemistry/Physics 102 Physical Science for Future Elementary Teachers (3)*
Chemistry 105 Survey of the Molecules of Life (3)
Chemistry 111 Nutrition and Health (3)
Chemistry 115 Introductory General Chemistry (4)
Chemistry 120A General Chemistry (5)*
Chemistry 120B General Chemistry (5)
Physics 101 Survey of Physics (3)
Physics 101L Survey of Physics Laboratory (1)*
Physics 211 Elementary Physics (3)
Physics 211L Elementary Physics: Laboratory (1)*
Physics 212 Elementary Physics (3)

Upper-Division Courses (12 units)
Students take at least two units from each of three different course groups. The Natural Sciences Minor adviser must approve course selection.

Biological Science
Biology 305 Human Heredity and Development (3)
Biology 306 Biology of Aging (3)
Biology 310 Human Physiology (3)
Biology 311 Nutrition and Disease (3)
Biology 318 Wildlife Conservation (3)
Biology 319 Marine Biology (3)
Biology 330 Ecology of American Indians (3)
Biology 352 Plants and Life (3)
Biology 360 Biology of Human Sexuality (3)
Biology 409 Evolution for Teachers (3)
Biology 453 Life Science Concepts (3)

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry 303A,B,C Biotechnology and Society (1 unit each)
Chemistry 311 Nutrition and Disease (3)
Chemistry 313A,B,C Environmental Pollution/Solutions (1 unit each)

Geological Science
Geological Sci 310T Topics in California-Related Geology (1,1,1)
Geological Sci 410 Physical Earth/Space Systems (3)
Geological Sci 420 Earth Science for Science Teachers (4)

Physics
Physics 301 Energy and the Environment (3)
Teacher Education Core Courses
Biology 453 Life Science Concepts (3)
Geological Sci 410 Physical Earth/Space Systems (3)

Upper-division courses in the natural sciences not listed above may be included in this minor with the approval of the Minor in Natural Sciences adviser.

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SUBJECT MATTER PREPARATION PROGRAMS
Subject Matter Preparation Programs (SMPP) require students to take classes that cover the broad range of material found in the California Student Academic Content Standards. Program coursework must meet guidelines set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. While most subject matter preparation programs can be completed within the context of the major, students must choose major electives carefully to simultaneously complete the requirements for the major and the SMPP. For many programs, classes are required in addition to the requirements for the major. Science SMPPs are offered in chemistry, geosciences, biological sciences, physics and foundational level general science. Visit the Science Education Programs Website or contact the Science Education Programs Office for current coursework requirements.

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SCIENCE COURSEWORK FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
Science coursework for elementary teachers is designed to deepen the skills and knowledge of future K-8 teachers in the areas of scientific content, scientific processes, and investigation and experimentation in the physical sciences (GEOL 410 Physical Science/Earth Systems and GEOL 420 Earth Science for Science Teachers) and the biological sciences (BIOL 453 Life Science Concepts).

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FUTURE TEACHERS PROGRAM
The future teachers program is a collaboration with the Departments of Elementary and Bilingual Education, Secondary Education and Project Tomorrow (www.projecttomorrow.org) to provide participants in the Science Docent Program with a one-semester, three-unit college-credit course (SCED 110 The Teaching Experience), that includes a weekly seminar, tutoring experience, special day on the university campus, and career and academic advising. Future Teachers Advisors are high school teachers (one at each school site) who teach the course in their classroom. Additional information on the Future Teachers Program is found under the Department of Secondary Education, the Future Teachers Program Website (http://ed.fullerton.edu/seced/futureteachers) and on the Project Tomorrow Website.

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SINGLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIAL
Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics and Foundational Level General Science (7-12) is an interdisciplinary program that connects the three main elements of teacher training (subject matter preparation, pedagogical training and field experience) between the Science Education Program, Department of Secondary Education and local school districts. The Credential Program is organized around the California Teaching Performance Expectations and includes subject matter preparation, prerequisite education coursework and credential coursework.

To earn a secondary science teaching credential, candidates must:

In addition to the traditional model of teacher preparation, qualified candidates may elect to complete their preparation as a paid Intern in the public schools. Additional information on this program is found on the Single Subject Credential Program Website (http://ed.fullerton.edu/seced) and under the Department of Secondary Education in this catalog.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing authorizes nine different science credentials that authorize service in pre-school, grades 12 and under and in classes organized for adults. Each credential requires demonstration of subject matter competence through completion of specific undergraduate or graduate degrees OR successful passage of several subtests of the California Science Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Science. Candidates with a regular credential in a science area are authorized to teach in their specific discipline, as well as general and integrated science, including middle school science. Candidates with a Specialized credential in a science area are authorized to teach only in their specific discipline.

The Single Subject Credential Program is administered jointly with the Department of Secondary Education. See additional program information, including the Internship Program, under that Department.

Prerequisite Courses
EDSC 304 Educational Technology for Secondary Teachers (3)
EDSC 310 The Teaching Experience: Participation (3)
EDSC 320 Adolescence and Education (3)
EDSC 330 Developing Literacy in Secondary Schools (3)
EDSC 340 Student Diversity in Secondary Schools (3)

Preservice Course Required of all Intern Candidates
EDSC 400 Methods for Internship Credential Candidates (3)

Extern Semester (First Semester)
EDSC 410 Teaching English Learners in Secondary Schools (3)
EDSC 440F Supervised Fieldwork in Secondary Schools (2)
EDSC 440S General Pedagogy of Secondary School Teaching (4)
SCED 442 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools (3)
SCED 449E Externship in Secondary Teaching – Science (3)

Notes: EDSC 440F, EDSC 440S, SCED 442 and SCED 449E must be taken concurrently. Enrollment in these courses is based on admission to the Single Subject Credential Program. Fieldwork associated with these courses requires daily observations and co-teaching in public school classrooms for an 18-week period. See additional information on admission requirements and coursework descriptions under the Department of Secondary Education.

Student Teacher Semester (Second Semester)
EDSC 460 Teaching Assessment Seminar (3)
SCED 449I Internship in Secondary Teaching-Science (10)
SCED 449S Seminar in Secondary Teaching—Science (3)

Notes: EDSC 460, SCED 449I and SCED 449S must be taken concurrently. Enrollment in these courses is based on successful completion of first semester coursework. Fieldwork associated with these courses requires daily co-teaching in public school classrooms for an 18-week period. See additional information on coursework descriptions under the Department of Secondary Education.

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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 coursework in science curriculum designs appropriate to the professional responsibilities of science educators; provide research and seminar opportunities in contemporary issues in science education; and enable teachers to become more proficient in science disciplines appropriate to their academic teaching assignments. A secondary track and elementary track are available.
Remaining coursework is selected from the departments of Biological Science, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Physics or Science Education (if elementary track) and other departments as appropriate. 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 that is applicable to the student’s teaching. Faculty from the program and other departments form the committee that 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 apply to the university through csu.mentor.org, as well as submit the “Application for Admission to the MAT-S Degree Program” to the Science Education Programs Office. The application is available from the Science Education Programs Office at 657-278-2307, MH-527, sciedreceptionist@exchange.fullerton.edu. 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
d. a Statement of Purpose: one-two 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 coursework 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 online applications are March 1 for the fall semester. (see http://www.csumentor.edu) . Mailed applications need to be postmarked by the same deadlines. However, deadlines may be changed based upon enrollment projections.

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, Graduate Programs and Research.
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 coursework, of which at least half must be 500-level, and be completed with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

1. Secondary Track: 15 units will be in the sciences and other departments, 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. Fifteen 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
Independent Graduate Research (3)

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

*Meets the Graduate Level Writing Requirement.

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

SCED 110    The Teaching Experience: Exploration

Description: (Same as EdSec, Special Ed 110)
Units: (2-3)

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. 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 coursework 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    Internship

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Supervised field experience permitting application of science education in research, industry and educational settings. For current and prospective science teachers. Periodic class meetings and field experience log and summary are required.
Units: (3)

SCED 495B    Internship

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Supervised field experience permitting application of science education in research, industry and educational settings. For current and prospective science teachers. Periodic class meetings and field experience log and summary are required.
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. How reform affects curriculum, major curricular projects and curricular evaluation.
Units: (3)

SCED 552    Review of Research in Science Education

Description: Prerequisite: graduate standing. Review of relevant literature that 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.
Units: (3)

SCED 554    Issues in Science Education

Description: Prerequisite: graduate standing. Major contemporary issues in science education. One or more sections offered online.
Units: (3)

SCED 597    Project

Description: Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and an appointed thesis committee. Corequisite: Science Ed 599 (3 units). 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. 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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