K-12 Science Specialist Endorsement Requirements

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A K-12 science specialist shall require the following:

  1. Advanced certification;
  2. Three years of experience teaching science in a K-12 setting;
  3. A demonstrated understanding of:
    1. K-12 scientific concepts and pedagogical content knowledge at the depth required for effective teaching;
    2. The nature of scientific inquiry and the process of learning science through inquiry;
    3. The historical development of scientific ideas;
    4. Connections of concepts across grade levels and connections to other disciplines;
    5. Current issues in science education reform (e.g. measurement of student achievement, legislation, state and national
      standards); and
  4. The study of and actual or simulated experience in the following areas:
    1. Use of findings from science education research to facilitate learning among all students;
    2. Evaluation of student understanding through written assessments, observation, and student questioning;
    3. Use of manipulatives and technology across all strands of scientific content areas to build student understanding;
    4. Use of multiple pedagogical approaches and awareness of potential benefits, challenges, and research base of each;
    5. Instructional leadership to support the professional growth of other teachers and to provide guidance for parents,
      administrators, and the broader community.

PRAXIS Exam requirements & Study Guide: None
Successful Completion of MSCI Program in Science Education

Course Prefix/# BHSU Program Course Title Credits
ED 630 Educational Inquiry & Collaboration 3
ED 744 Curriculum Development & Instruction 3
ED 748 Cultural Diversity in Schools 3
ED 750 Action Research in Schools 3
ED 790 Seminar 1-6
ED 609 Contemporary Issues in Science Education 2
ED 619 Earth & Space Science Concepts for K-12 Teachers 2
ED 629 Life Science Concepts for K-12 Teachers 2
ED 639 Physical Science Concepts for K-12 Teachers 2
ED 659 Translating Theory Into Practice: Life Science 2
ED 669 Theory Into Practice: Physical & Earth Science 2
ED 679 Assessment of Science Teaching & Learning 2
ED 695 Practicum 1-3
ED 703 Applying Learning Theory to Instructional Design 3
ED 749 History, Nature, & Context of Science 2
ED 754 Leadership in Schools 1-3


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