Advance your knowledge of methodologies and practices for teaching secondary school science courses with this certificate in advanced science instruction. This three-course series enhances your research skills and teaches you advanced instructional techniques, classroom management, and lab exercises. Low-cost lab kits and exercises provide you with practical teaching methods. Interactions with other science teachers in the class will expose you to a variety of instructional resources and practices as well as classroom management techniques.
This certificate is a companion to the Master of Natural Sciences Education degree. The credits completed as part of this certificate can be applied toward the degree after formal admission per University transfer policies. However, successful completion of the courses or certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree program.
Courses demonstrate new methodologies and practices for advanced science instruction in biology, chemistry, and physics. Enrollment in this certificate program is open to practicing and licensed teachers only. Instructor permission may be needed for individual course registration.
Choose three courses to complete the certificate.
- NSCI 619 – Physics for Science Educators (3 cr.)
Materials and energy transduction for grade 6-12 science teachers, with emphasis on optics, acoustics, and electromagnetism. A Science Lab Kit is utilized during this course.
- NSCI 620 – Chemistry for Science Educators (3 cr.)
Theoretical and experimental chemistry for grade 6-12 science teachers, with emphasis on water chemistry. A Science Lab Kit is utilized during this course.
- NSCI 630 – Spectroscopy for Science Educators (3 cr.)
Theory and applications of spectroscopy for grade 6-12 science teachers. A Science Lab Kit is utilized during this course.
- NSCI 650 – Pollution and Environmental Biology for Educators (3 cr.)
Biological consequences of energy production and consumption for grade 6-12 science teachers. A Science Lab Kit is utilized during this course.
- NSCI 660 – Evolutionary Biology for Educators (3 cr.)
Processes and patterns of evolution, including the four mechanisms of evolutionary change and how that change creates the complex biodiversity of the world.
Admission to the University is not required to earn the Certificate of Completion in Advanced Science Instruction. You can register for any course in the certificate program as long as you meet the course prerequisites. Prior CSU coursework can be applied toward this certificate, though transfer courses are not accepted.