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College of Education (K-12 Teaching) Programs of Study
Liberal Studies Programs
The Science Education Department offers courses to aid undergraduate students
who are seeking to become teachers through fulfilling the requirements of a
liberal studies major. This major provides a rich, rigorous cross-disciplinary
liberal arts program of study. There are three programs in the major:
- The Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) is for students intending
to become teachers who wish to combine subject matter preparation for elementary
teaching with coursework leading to a Multiple Subject teacher credential;
- Track I is for students who seek subject matter preparation for the multiple subject (elementary) post-baccalaureate
- Track II is for students with more varied professional or career goals
who prefer a sound generalist program to one requiring early specialization.
Please visit the Liberal Studies Program Website
for more information.
Single Subject (SS) Credential Program
The Science Education Department offers advising and courses to aid undergraduate
and post-baccalaureate students in earning a California Science Teaching Credential
to teach middle school and/or high school science. At CSULB the SS Teacher Education
Program includes courses in the student's teaching subject area, in Secondary
Education (EDSE) and in Single Subject Education (EDSS). Students are able to
receive general information brochures by calling the Single Subject Teacher
Education Program office in the College of Education at (562) 985-7622 or by
visiting the Department of Teacher Education's website.
Specific questions regarding the Secondary Science Teaching Credential can be
answered by viewing the websites at
and http://www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject/program/science/index.cfm, or by contacting the Science Teaching Credential Advisor, Dr. Laura Henriques.
Course descriptions for relevant courses offered through our Department (EDSS
300C and SCED 450) can be viewed on the Course Descriptions
Multiple Subject (MS) Credential Program
The Science Education Department offers courses to aid students interested in
earning an elementary California teaching credential. A teacher with a Multiple
Subject Credential is authorized to teach grades Pre-K through 8 in self-contained
classrooms. Please refer to the Department of Teacher Education's website for general information. Course descriptions for relevant
courses offered through our Department (SCED 475 and SCED 401) can be viewed
on the Course Descriptions Page.
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Programs of
Masters of Science in Science Education
During the 2003-04 academic year the Science Education Department began to offer courses
to students wishing to earn a Masters Degree in Science Education. The M. S.
in Science Education is designed primarily for credentialed K-12 teachers interested
in deepening their understanding of science, education, and the teaching and
learning of science. The program includes a blend of courses from the Science
Education department, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the
College of Education. The program introduces candidates to Science Education
as a field of study, with its own journals, issues, and research areas.
- Option in Elementary Science
The option in Elementary Science Education is designed for teachers who are
K-8 generalists. Although aimed at those with a Multiple Subject credential,
the program may also be appropriate for Single Subject teachers interested in
increasing the breadth of their scientific knowledge.
Students completing this option will be prepared to assume positions of greater
science leadership at their schools or districts, or go on to further graduate
study in Science Education.
- Option in Secondary Science
The option in Secondary Science Education is designed for teachers who are
7-12 science discipline specialists. To be offered beginning Fall 2005.
- Option in Informal Science
The option in Informal Science Education is designed for museum, aquaria,
outdoor, and environmental educators who want to further their educational
studies with a focus on learning and teaching science in non-classroom settings.
To be offered beginning Fall 2006.
- California multiple subject or science teaching credential (or the equivalent)
- GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 units of completed study
- Two recommendation letters, including one from an administrator or supervisor
at a school where the applicant is (or was) employed
- Completion of departmental application form, including personal statement
- Group interview with graduate faculty
- Transcripts (in addition to those required by the university; photocopies
Students are expected to exhibit high standards of writing proficiency. Students
missing any admission criteria may only be admitted after receiving the approval
of a department graduate faculty committee.
Successful completion of:
- 6 units from EDP 400, EDP 500, EDP 519, EDP 595, EDP 419, EDP 420, EDP
520, EDP 523, EDP 553, or EDP 623
- Science Education core courses: SCED 550, 551, and 552.
- Science courses: SCED 500, 501, 502
- Thesis/project: SCED 697, 698