2018-2019 Catalog

Secondary Science Education-Broadfield Science, Bachelor of Science

(199 credits)

Program Description

The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education (BSSE) Broadfield Science degree is to prepare graduates for successful careers as science teachers at the middle and high school levels. Graduates of the BSSE are qualified to apply for licensure as secondary Broadfield Science teachers in the state of Montana. The majority of the BSSE required coursework is in the natural and physical sciences, with additional coursework required in advanced math and education courses, along with the general education course requirements. Graduates of the degree program will meet the state’s academic requirements for highly qualified secondary broadfield science teachers, the most sought after science teaching license in Montana. Upon licensure, graduates are eligible to teach earth science, physics, physical science, biology, chemistry and environmental science in Montana’s secondary schools. The program’s design emphasizes the development of teachers prepared to effectively meet the needs of middle and high school learners, particularly rural and American Indian learners. A key strength of the program is studentsʼ participation in substantive clinical experiences in which they spend significant amounts of time observing and working in the schools to help prepare them as professional educators. Graduates will have a solid grounding in Western and Native science content and perspectives as well as knowledge of how to use effective instructional methods and classroom management for supporting science learners.

Teacher Licensure and Career Information

Currently there is a shortage of licensed secondary science teachers to fill the job vacancies in Montana and across the United States. Accredited schools in Montana are required to hire state licensed teachers in order to maintain their accreditation. Upon successful graduation from the BSSE degree program, graduates are eligible to apply for the Secondary Broadfield Science teaching license with the Montana Office of Public Instruction (www.opi.mt.gov). Once licensed by the state of Montana, teachers may be hired as science teachers in any public middle or high school in Montana. Licensure requirements may differ in other states; graduates should contact individual states of interest to determine their licensing procedures and requirements.

Accreditation

The SKC BSSE is fully accredited by the Montana Board of Public Education.

Program Objectives

In alignment with the objectives of the SKC Division of Education the BSSE strives to meet the following program objectives.

  1. Prepare teacher candidates to be culturally competent and effective professional educators and leaders
  2. Form and maintain collaborative partnerships (relationships) with grades Pre K-20 providers and education professionals
  3. Promote cultural competence to advance respectful educational practices for all learners, with a particular focus on American Indian learners
  4. Collaborate with college, community, state, and tribal entities to share professional development opportunities and resources
  5. Conduct and support research to contribute to the knowledge base, improve educational practice, and build individual and community capacity

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BSSE, the graduate will possess the following knowledge, skills and dispositions appropriate for secondary science teachers, which are based on the InTASC standards for teacher preparation.

Standard #1: Learner Development

The teacher candidate understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

Standard #2: Learning Differences

The teacher candidate uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

Standard #3: Learning Environments

The teacher candidate works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.

Standard #4: Content Knowledge

The teacher candidate understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

Standard #5: Application of Content

The teacher candidate understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

Standard #6: Assessment

The teacher candidate understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

Standard #7: Planning for Instruction

The teacher candidate plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

Standard #8: Instructional Strategies

The teacher candidate understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

Standard #9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice

The teacher candidate engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

Standard #10: Leadership and Collaboration

The teacher candidate seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

Program Requirements

Students may declare the BSSE as their major at any time after their acceptance into SKC as a student. They will then be assigned an advisor in the Department of Secondary Science Education. After fulfillment of the following criteria they will be provisionally accepted into the BSSE program.

Successful completion, with a grade of “C” or above, of at least 60 college quarter credits (or 40 semester credits) that are part of the BSSE course program, including 24 quarter or 16 semester hours of BSSE required science and math courses

  • Successful completion, with a grade of “C” or above, of Math 100 or an equivalent course or test score as approved by the chair of the SKC Mathematics Department
  • Successful completion of the SKC ENGL 202 – English Composition II course with a grade of “C” or above. Transfer of credits from another institution as substitution for this course must be approved the the English Department chairperson
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 with no less than a “C” in all courses that are required for the BSSE degree
  • Minimum score of 588 on TABE Language and Language Mechanics Tests at the D9 level or above
  • A score of “Proficient” or above on the BSSE Writing Sample Assessment
  • Approved state and federal background check, which are required for visiting or working in the K-12 schools
  • Completion of the Transition to Teacher Professional Dispositions Seminar

Students’ full admission to the BSSE is contingent on the preparation and submission of a TEP Stage I Portfolio (see below) and completion of an interview with the SKC Education Department faculty. Both the portfolio and the interview must be approved by the Education faculty.

To graduate from the BSSE, students must attain at least a “B” in all Education courses at the 300 level or above and a minimum grade of “C” in all other BSSE required courses. Please contact the BSSE program director for more information on the program requirements.

TEP Portfolio Process

A required product for all BSSE teacher candidates is the TEP portfolio, which provides evidence of the candidate’s attainment of the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to be a successful professional educator. Candidates are assessed via portfolio review and interview at three stages in their education program. The faculty review team and the SKC BSSE Department chair must sign off on the portfolio in each stage of the process in order for candidates to move to the next stage. The portfolio is a continuous, performance-based process, and is the assessment tool for evaluating and guiding candidates’ growth as developing educators throughout the program.

Professional Behavior

SKC teacher candidates are required to exhibit dispositions and behaviors befitting a professional educator. Any actions that indicate the candidate may be unfit to work with children or perform in school settings will not be tolerated. Among these behaviors are the following:

  • Substance abuse of any kind
  • Inappropriate disclosure or breach of confidential information
  • Inappropriate physical contact or communication including digital communication through social networks, texting or emailing with a student, peer, instructor, or school personnel
  • Criminal activity

Curriculum

Fall (First Year)

BIOS101General Biology

4

BIOS102General Biology Laboratory

1

ENGL101English Composition I

3

GEOL101Physical Geology

4

GEOL102Physical Geology Lab

1

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

OR

ELECTIVESocial Science General Education from List

5

Total Credit Hours:16-18

Winter (First Year)

ENGL202English Composition II

3

ENVS203Weather and Climate

3

HMNT101Introduction to Humanities

3

MATH108Advanced Functions & Modeling

3

ELECTIVESocial Science General Education from List

5

OR

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

Total Credit Hours:15-17

HMNT 101 counts as required Humanities Intro general education requirement.

Spring (First Year)

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

MATH109Trigonometry

3

ASTR110Introduction to Astronomy

5

BIOS112Introduction to Botany

3

BIOS113Introduction to Botany Laboratory

2

Total Credit Hours:16

Fall (Second Year)

MATH241Statistics

5

CHEM150Principles of General Chemistry I

3

CHEM151Principles of General Chemistry I Laboratory

2

EDUC240Human Growth and Development

4

SPCH100Basic Communications

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Winter (Second Year)

CHEM152Principles of General Chemistry II

3

CHEM153Principles of General Chemistry II Laboratory

2

EDUC235Introduction to Indian Education

3

EDUC206Introduction to Secondary Science Teaching

3

BIOS130Introduction to Microbiology

4

BIOS131Introduction to Microbiology Lab

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring (Second Year)

CHEM140Fundamental Organic and Biological Chemistry

5

BIOS260Principles of Ecology

3

BIOS261Principles of Ecology Laboratory

2

EDUC178Exploratory Field Experience

1

EDUC203Foundations of Education

5

NASD210Introduction to Indigenous Science

3

Total Credit Hours:19

NASD 210 counts as Native American Studies general education open elective requirement

Fall (Third Year)

EDUC250Educational Psychology

3

EDUC307Curriculum, Planning and Assessment

4

PHYS201College Physics I

5

MATH110Calculus I

5

Total Credit Hours:17

Winter (Third Year)

EDUC342Literacy Strategies in Secondary Education

3

EDUC343Literacy Strategies in Secondary Education Practicum

1

PHYS203College Physics II

5

EDUC337Introduction to Special Education

5

EDUC221Parent Partnerships and Community Collaboration

2

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring (Third Year)

EDUC311Cultures, Diversity and Educational Ethics

3

EDUC312Diversity in Education Practicum

1

EDUC207Health, Safety and Drug Awareness

3

EDUC392 - Even YearsTeaching Science In The Secondary Classroom I

3

PHYS205College Physics III

5

HMNT301Social and Environmental Ethics

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Fall (Fourth Year)

SCID301Conducting and Reporting Scientific Research

3

LFSC320Mammalian Physiology

5

ELECTIVEFine Arts Humanities General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Winter (Fourth Year)

BIOS240Principles and Applications of Genetics

4

BIOS410Conservation of Biodiversity

3

EDUC395Teaching Science in the Secondary Classroom II

2

EDUC393 Transitions to Student Teaching

3

EDUC471Action Research In Education

3

HPED125First Aid/CPR

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring (Fourth Year)

EDUC491Student Teaching in Secondary Education

12

EDUC495Reflective Practice and Research in Education

2

Total Credit Hours:14

Total Credit Hours: 199

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