Curriculum and Instruction

Science Education

The Science Education Area of Specialization provides an opportunity for elementary and middle level teachers to increase their knowledge, skills, and instructional competencies in science. Science and science education courses may be selected to complement the student's existing background in science or, together with electives, provide special expertise in a number of science content areas, science curriculum, and assessment.  This area of specialization includes the following components:

Core Requirements (12 SH)

EIS 500         Methods of Research (3 SH)

C&I 574         Assessment and Differentiation (3 SH)

ELED 566      Recent Trends and Research in Elementary Education (3 SH)

SCED 602     Practicum in Science Education

Area of Specialization (12 SH)
Choose 12 semester hours from the courses listed below.  Use Course Projections to assist you in your choices.

SCED 509     Inquiry into Science Assessment in the Elementary Classroom (online)

SCED 511     Science Through Children's Literature (online)

SCED 562     Science Curriculum in the Elementary School (face to face – Quad Cities Campus)

SCED 563     Science Inquiry: Physical and Earth Science (face to face)

SCED 564     Science Inquiry: Biological and Environmental Science (face to face)

C&I 599         Independent Study (1-4, repeatable to 4; candidate will be assigned a faculty member to work with)

NOTE:  Those in the science area of specialization will be allowed to transfer science-related graduate courses from other institutions into their program with approval of their advisor.  Also consult with your advisor for graduate courses taught in departments at WIU that would be appropriate for the science area of specialization.

Electives (6 SH)

Candidates may select from any of the courses offered at the graduate level by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Graduate-level courses in other departments at Western may also be used as electives with advisor approval. Consult your advisor as well as the Graduate Catalog and the course schedule/registration materials for each semester's offerings.  One recommended elective is RDG 580 Content Area Reading, which is an online course.