Teacher Education
 

Teaching Science in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3)

Teaching Science in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3)
Develop the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to teach science to young children of various ages, abilities, backgrounds, and exceptionalities.
ECE
446
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesConcurrent enrollment in ECE 441 and 442.
 TaughtFall, Winter
Course Outcomes: 

ECE 446 Course Outcomes

Teacher candidates will:

  • evaluate their personal dispositions, development, and growth toward becoming a teacher of science.
  • identify and describe purposes for teaching science in K-3 classrooms.
  • explain what science is and how young children learn science, including the knowledge and reasoning skills students must acquire to become proficient in science.
  • recognize the practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas of science and engineering and how they influence science instruction in K-3 classrooms.
  • plan for science instruction for children of various ages, abilities, backgrounds, and exceptionalities, including how to (a) identify appropriate science content from national standards and state core curricula; (b) apply a variety of appropriate teaching methods and strategies to support science learning; (c) integrate science with other disciplines across the early childhood curriculum; and (d) employ appropriate assessment methods and strategies.