Graduate Studies Reports Access

Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SCE6855
Tracking Number - 4860

Edit function not enabled for this course.

Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-11-01
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): This is a a request to replace a selected topics course number with a permanent course number.
Comments: Approved by USFSP. To USF Sys 8/14/14. To SCNS after 8/21. Nmbr 6834 approved as 6855. Efective 11/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-12-11
  2. Department:
  3. College: EP
  4. Budget Account Number: USFO1STP 511724 10000 000000000000
  5. Contact Person: Lyman Dukes
  6. Phone: 7278734991
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SCE
  9. Number: 6855
  10. Full Title: Teaching Biology & Ocean Science in Elementary
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): EL Biology & Ocean Science
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This is a graduate level course for elementary school teachers to further their knowledge and pedagogy in teaching the Life Sciences concepts comprising the Next Generation National Science Standards.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. 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 part of the required sequence in the approved Elementary Education Math/Science graduate degree program.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A Doctoral degree and at least 18 credit hours in the discipline are required.
  29. Objectives: The purpose of this course is to assist teachers in developing STEM science content knowledge and experiencing first hand inquiry teaching. You may not teach this depth of science content to your own students, but understanding life sciences and math will increase your ability to teach and guide your students in understanding less complex STEM science and math content. In addition, understanding the science content will be invaluable to you in using inquiry as a teaching pedagogy. It is hoped that by seeing inquiry modeled in a way in which you may learn deep science content in a meaningful manner you will endeavor to use these practices in your own teaching.

    This is a graduate level course for elementary school teachers to further their knowledge and pedagogy in teaching the Life Sciences concepts comprising the Next Generation National Science Standards. Students in this course will have the opportunity to expand their science knowledge and skills through experiential and inquiry-based teaching and learning. The connections of course activities to the National Science Standards K-5, and the Florida State Science Standards K-5 will be addressed.

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this class, a student will be expected to:

    1. Expand her/his knowledge of science as a human activity in the context of school (Florida’s Accomplished Practices 1, 4, 8, 9);

    2. Demonstrate the skills related to the process of science, as they apply to the learning of the life sciences by school children, including specific ESOL strategies for students at various levels of proficiency (Florida’s ESOL Standards 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12,13, 14, 18; Florida’s Accomplished Practices 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12);

    3. Appreciate the importance of science teaching in the intellectual growth of school children (Florida’s Accomplished Practices 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9);

    4. Apply the appropriate assessment strategies to determine the progress of children’s learning of science (Florida’s ESOL Standards 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,18, 19, 20, 21; Florida’s Accomplished Practices 1, 4, 5, 8, 9);

    5. Apply the knowledge obtained from previous education courses to the teaching of science (Florida’s Accomplished Practices 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11);

    6. Reflect on their classroom experience in teaching science in in relation to the standards articulated in the Next Generation National Science Education Standards and Florida Sunshine State Science Standards (Florida’s Accomplished Practices 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11);

    7. Show mastery of K-9 life science content.

    Florida Educator Accomplished Practices: The Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) assessed in this course include:


    a. Aligns instruction with state-adopted standards at the appropriate level of rigor.

    b. Sequences lessons and concepts to ensure coherence and required prior knowledge.

    c. Designs instruction for students to achieve mastery.

    d. Selects appropriate formative assessments to monitor learning.

    e. Uses diagnostic student data to plan lessons.

    f. Develops learning experiences that require students to demonstrate a variety of applicable skills and competencies.


    d. Respects students’ cultural linguistic and family background.

    e. Models clear, acceptable oral and written communication skills.

    f. Maintains a climate of openness, inquiry, fairness and support.

    g. Integrates current information and communication technologies.

    h. Adapts the learning environment to accommodate the differing needs and diversity of students.


    a. Deliver engaging and challenging lessons.

    b. Deepen and enrich students’ understanding through content area literacy strategies, verbalization of thought, and application of the subject matter.

    c. Identify gaps in students’ subject matter knowledge.

    d. Modify instruction to respond to preconceptions or misconceptions.

    e. Relate and integrate the subject matter with other disciplines and life experiences.

    f. Employ higher-order questioning techniques.

    g. Apply varied instructional strategies and resources, including appropriate technology, to provide comprehensible instruction and to teach for student understanding.

    h. Differentiate instruction based on an assessment of student learning needs and recognition of individual differences in students.

    i. Support, encourage, and provide immediate and specific feedback to students to promote student achievement.

    j. Utilize student feedback to monitor instructional needs and to adjust instruction.

  31. Major Topics: Show mastery of content from the Florida Science Standards Big Ideas for K-5th grade.

    Big Idea 1: the practice of science,

    Big Idea 2: characteristics of scientific knowledge,

    Big Idea 3: the role of theories, laws, hypotheses, and models,

    Big Idea 4: science and society

    Big Idea 14: Organization & Development of Living Organisms-

    Big Idea 15: Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms-

    Big Idea 16: Heredity and Reproduction-

    Big Idea 17: Interdependence-

    Big Idea 18: Matter and Energy Transformations-

  32. Textbooks: No textbook is currently required for this course
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: There will numerous readings available online that will be required readings for this course for example:

    • Wade, L. 1995. Getting to Know the Whales. Singing Rock Press, Minnetonka, MN 144p.

    • Wade, L. 1998. Oceanography. Kendall/Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, IO 145p.

    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 1993. Benchmarks for science literacy: Project 2061. New York: Oxford University Press. [Available]

    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 2000. Atlas of science literacy: Project 2061. New York: Oxford University Press. [Available]

    • Bernard, W. 2011. What Students Really Think about Doing Research. Science Teacher, pp. 52-54

    • National Research Council (1999). Classroom assessment and the National Science Education Standards. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. [Available]

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Grading Policy and Procedures

    A. Science Autobiography: 25 points

    B. Science Journal post online at CANVAS course site: 100 points

    C. Coastal Ecology Field Trip(s): 75 points

    D. Concept Maps: midterm C-map = 25pts and final C-map = 75pts: 100 points

    E. Ecosystem Food Web integrating NGSS: 75 points

    F. In-Class Presentation: Ecosystem Food Web with Rubric or Scoring Guide 50 points

    G. In-Class participation (must be present in class for points): 75 points


    Your final grade will be based on the points that you earn throughout the course:

    Grade Percent

    A 90 and above

    B 89-80

    C 79-70

    D 69-65

    F below 65

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Reference: USF Regulation USF 3.027 - The following is the portion of the Regulation pertaining to graduate students. To read the entire regulation, go to:

    1. Fundamental Principles

    Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida system’s (University/USF) commitment to the academic honesty and personal integrity of its University community. Academic integrity is grounded in certain fundamental values, which include honesty, respect and fairness. Broadly defined, academic honesty is the completion of all academic endeavors and claims of scholarly knowledge as representative of one’s own efforts. Knowledge and maintenance of the academic standards of honesty and integrity as set forth by the University are the responsibility of the entire academic community, including the instructional faculty, staff and students.

    2. General Policies

    The following policies and procedures apply to all students, instructional faculty and staff who participate in administration of academic classes, programs and research at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the USF system. This regulation asserts fairness in that it requires notice to any student accused of a violation of academic integrity and provides a directive for discussion between the instructor and student to seek a fair and equitable resolution. If a fair resolution is not accomplished in this discussion, this regulation allows the student continued rights of due process under the academic grievance procedures based upon the preponderance of the evidence. The policies described below are the only policies and procedures that govern violations of academic integrity at the University and supersede any previous policies or regulations.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Elemenary Education Math/Science degree program
  39. Course Concurrence Information: This course is unique to the Elementary Education Math/Science master degree program.

- if you have questions about any of these fields, please contact or