General Science with Teaching
Completion of the General Science with Teaching degree will prepare students for the same scientific and related careers as the Natural Science BA program. Students in this major will develop a broad knowledge of science, through classroom instruction and laboratory investigations. In addition, students will also be prepared to take the Pennsylvania Department of Education Praxis exams, which will certify them to teach General Science in a secondary school classroom in Pennsylvania, and in states with reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania. The pedagogy courses in this program are especially designed for science and mathematics majors, and emphasize skills in designing and delivering inquiry-based curricula, with extensive opportunities for practice teaching in Philadelphia School District classrooms.
After completing this program, students should:
- have the ability to process and evaluate effectively both theoretical and real-life quantitative data.
- be able to communicate using oral, written, or electronic media, and have the teamwork and leadership skills needed to recognize, isolate, and solve mathematical problems.
- be committed and open to continuous learning, new ideas, and be able to bring them to bear to help others.
- have acquired a strong foundation in the traditional disciplines of science
- understand scientific methodology through laboratory investigation and study of science history and models
- understand how to use and evaluate scientific literature
- demonstrate the ability to discuss scientific issues that impact society
- demonstrate competency in scientific inquiry, writing and oral presentation
- understand, design and deliver lessons using the “5E” model
- be able to design and deliver inquiry-based science and mathematics lessons, groups of lessons and entire courses
- gain experience in utilizing state of the art technology in designing science and mathematics lessons
- understand accepted models and standards for science and mathematics principles
- acquire skill in designing and applying a variety of methods to assess student learning
- have compared and utilized various modes of teaching including direct instruction, inquiry and cooperative group instruction in designing and delivering instruction
- be ready to teach lessons via project-based instruction
- develop an overview of the development of modern science and mathematics and acquire skills in historical resource including identify sources and evaluating their reliability
- develop awareness of issues of equity and diversity as applicable to instruction in secondary schools
- know how to create a classroom environment of respect and rapport that fosters a positive climate for learning, equity and excellence
- become skilled in promoting student learning by providing responsive instruction that make use of effective communication techniques, instructional strategies that actively engage students in the learning process, and through timely, high-quality feedback
- learn to fulfill professional roles and responsibilities and adhere to legal and ethical requirements of the profession