EDTC 692 Science Methods for Elementary Schools (2)
This course is designed to prepare teacher credential candidates to teach science in a contemporary classroom setting. Teacher credential candidates will develop an understanding of the nature of science; scientific thinking in the classroom and the world; and theories regarding the construction of scientific knowledge. Teacher credential candidates will explore concepts in each of the key areas stressed by the California Science Content Standards: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Investigation and Experimentation. Teacher credential candidates will develop an understanding of the scientific method through hands-on experimentation. In addition, teacher credential candidates will understand the unifying ideas of health literacy: acceptance of personal responsibility for lifelong health, understanding of the process of growth and development, and informed use of health services and information. After developing their own understanding of the content covered in the standards, teacher credential candidates will develop an understanding of how to construct activities designed to guide their students in making sense of scientific ideas.
Prerequisite: ED 601, EDTC 677.