SCIENCE EDUCATION

Mission Statement

UNF graduates from the B.A.E program in Science Education will be exposed to disciplinary and interdisciplinary science content, as well as inquiry-based pedagogy. The core learning objectives of the Science Education program conform to current standards for science teacher preparation at the national (National Science Teachers Association and the Association for Science Teacher Education) and state (Subject Matter Content Standards for Florida Teachers and Florida Educator Accomplished Practices)levels.

Student Learning Outcomes

UNF Science Education graduates will be able to:
  Communication Skills
  • Demonstrate effective writing, speaking and listening skills in delivering instruction and engaging with students, fellow educators, school staff, parents and members of the community
  • Use communication, classroom management and reflection skills appropriately to promote inquiry-based science teaching
      Content Discipline Knowledge/Skills
  • Understand and apply general and specific teaching, management and assessment skills, and thinking processes related to teaching biology, chemistry, or physics to diverse groups of students
  • Demonstrate both a specific and broad-based knowledge base in the sciences with workable knowledge of mathematics/statistics, technology and reading to promote science literacy
  • Be proficient in practicing inquiry including the basic and integrated processes of science which provide the framework for performing scientific investigations, interpreting findings and communicating results in written and graphic form
      Critical Thinking Skills
  • Choose research-based methods and materials appropriate to a variety of teaching and learning situations
  • Demonstrate reflection and self-assessment related to improvement of instruction using measurable objectives
  • Select and analyze methods and materials appropriate for teaching science in diverse learning situations

    Assessment Approaches

    UNF graduates of the B.A.E program in Science Education will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and teaching skills through proficiency on course embedded assessments, activities, and critical task assessments in core, major, and clinical experiences at a proficiency level expected of a teacher candidate. It is expected that teacher candidates apply knowledge throughout the program by demonstrating understanding, competence, and effective implementation. Assessment strategies include: 1) assignments and formal assessments to demonstrate knowledge, 2) successful completion of critical tasks, 3) class discussions, reflections and critiques that provide a dynamic forum for developing ideas and demonstrating knowledge, and 4) development of meaningful learning experiences that address learning and performance modes based on principles of effective instruction.

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