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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SCE6938

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-11-08
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1794 2005-11-29
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Secondary Education ED 1724
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Elaine Howes 42816

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Top in Sci Ed: Field Practicum
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Admission into a graduate initial certification program in science education, and at least 9 hours of SCE (Science Education) courses. Course must be taken at least one semester before final internship.


    Course Description

    This seminar provides teacher candidates with opportunities to interact with peers, public school faculty and university faculty regarding classroom and related school-based experiences. This course is restricted to science education majors.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course provides valuable early field experiences prior to the internship. This early field experience was recommended by the school-based members of the advisory committee responsible for developing the USF COE internship experience.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is required in the course sequence of the MATs in Chemistry Education, Biology Education, and Physics Education. This course would service only the program in science education.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Because this course is part of a Masters in Teaching program, anyone teaching the course will have a doctorate.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the following:

    1. The ability to examine and reflect on one's instructional plans;

    2. Familiarity with the responsibilities of teachers (e.g., assessment, classroom management, working with students individually and/or in small groups, etc.);

    3. Familiarity with curricular materials for given districts.

    4. The ability to take part in the school culture (e.g., professional development activities and department meetings).

    5. Familiarity with school science laboratory safety procedures and regulations.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    The primary outcome is a series of reflections on various aspects related to the field-based experience:

    Reflections on pedagogy

    - on the instructional practice and cognition of other teachers

    - on one's own planning, assessment, and curriculum materials

    - on one's own instructional practice and cognition

    Reflections on becoming a member of the community

    - on attending a school activity

    - on meeting with other educational partners

    - on situations for which one is not prepared

    Weekly discussion interactions

    Culminating reflection

    - on valuable and less-than valuable experiences

    - on changes for your future classroom

    C. Major Topics

    Topics are not developed a priori as in a traditional course but arise from the field experience itself. However, several main topics to be cultivated during this field experience are provided below:

    Preparing for a successful internship experience.

    Bridging the perceived gap between theory and practice.

    Identifying and implementing effective instructional strategies.

    Modeling exemplary professional practice.

    Reflecting on classroom practice.

    D. Textbooks

    None at this time.

    Note: One of the goals of the course is for students to become acquainted with district curriculum and secondary science school textbooks. These will provide the primary sources of reading for the class.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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