Bachelor of Science in Science Education (9-12, 6-9)
Coordinator: Mary Ash
Location: Department of Biology
The program of study in Science Education consists of four curricular components: freshman seminar and general education, the content courses, the professional studies core, and content pedagogy (methods and internship). Upon successful completion of the program and related requirements, graduates are eligible for a Standard Professional I license to teach in the State of North Carolina. The NC Department of Public Instruction issues the teaching license based on University recommendation.
The Science Education program is one of 12 teacher education programs offered at UNCP. Science Education majors are subject to Teacher Education Program regulations, admission requirements, continuation requirements, and graduation requirements.
The Science Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the NC State Board of Education.
The Teacher Education Program standards for all education majors are described fully in the UNCP Teacher Education Program Teacher Candidate Handbook.
Program Goals and Objectives
The goal of the Science Education program is to prepare competent science teachers committed to the development of scientific literacy in diverse secondary school learners. The program helps the prospective science educator integrate the knowledge bases underlying the curricular areas of science into an internal framework of their own through collaboration with peers, university faculty, and public school partners. The prospective science teacher should possess the following characteristics:
- an understanding of unifying concepts of science and how this knowledge will enable students to deal with personal and social problems intelligently;
- an understanding of the nature of science and the historical development of scientific thought;
- an understanding of the interrelationships between science, mathematics, technology, and society;
- an understanding of how science contributes to the personal development of diverse individuals;
- an understanding of developmentally appropriate instructional methods and curriculum of science, to include inquiry-based instruction, assessment techniques, and the integration of technology;
- the communication skills necessary for effective teaching, as well as, the skills necessary for effective classroom management;
- an understanding of the role of research in science education;
- an awareness of the importance of incorporating best practices into science classrooms through lifelong professional development;
- an awareness of the safety precautions specific to classroom, stockroom, laboratories, and other areas used for science instruction.
- the ability to collaborate with colleagues, families, and community members to improve science instruction for all students.