Teaching Secondary School Science Practicum

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Course Description:
This course is designed for students who are majoring in science education and who will be obtaining teacher certification in grades 5-9 or 6-12. This practicum accompanies SCE 4330 and provides students with opportunities to present interactive curriculum projects to secondary school students in local area school districts. Students spend a minimum of 30 school-based hours in the middle school classroom, to include 10 hours of teaching. Project presentations will be coordinated with cooperating teachers and their curriculum schedules and needs. This course addresses specific state-adopted standards, subject matter competencies, and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and required for certification.


Course Details


Corequisite: SCE 4330



Dr. Amanda Clark


Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.

Suggested textbooks and course materials purchased in SCE 4330.

Appropriate dress for field experience: black slacks and School of Education polo

(Polos are available in the campus bookstore.)



Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E – 1   Demonstrate understanding of instructional design and lesson planning by applying concepts from human development and learning theories.

E – 2   Demonstrate ability to maintain a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E – 3   Demonstrate effective instructional delivery and facilitation by utilizing deep and comprehensive knowledge.

E – 4   Demonstrate understanding of assessment by analyzing and applying data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E – 5   Demonstrate continuous improvement by designing purposeful goals to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E – 6   Demonstrates professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Draw upon knowledge from the Competencies/ Skills, Accomplished Practices, National Standards, State-Adopted Standards, and the Florida Code of Ethics to complete assignments, observe, and interact with teachers and students in the high school classroom.

Plan and teach appropriate lessons to high school students.

Use effective classroom management strategies.

Cultivate or nurture interest in science, especially for the Florida environment and its conservation, preservation and protection.

Evaluate student progress in science by effective use of questioning, observation, and appropriate test construction.

Demonstrate how reading (FCAT Reading) and language arts skills (FCAT Writing) and mathematics (FCAT Math) can be effectively integrated.

Demonstrate how an interdisciplinary lesson can be effectively integrated.

Demonstrate proficiency in designing/planning science lessons and assessments for accommodating diverse learners and limited English proficient students (LEP).

Demonstrate proficiency in reflecting on teaching (for diverse learners) and assessment to accommodate changes in instruction.

E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, E-6

E-1, E-3



E-3, E-4


Teaching – lesson plans & SD

Task 4.1_2.1 - RU

Task 5.4.2 RU


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The course instructor will be delivering course content through class discussions on the material using various visual aids. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. In-class teaching strategies may include: participation, demonstrations, lecture, presentations, critical thinking and cooperative groups. Student attendance and participation is expected. Students are expected to read all assigned material before class and complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.


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