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
 Hours2.0 - 3.0 Credit, Arr Lecture, Arr 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.