2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science (Grades K–8) - M.S. in Education

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This 30-semester-credit specialization is designed to help teachers improve science content skills and at the same time learn best science teaching practices, such as inquiry and discovery learning. The program is aligned with standards from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for the core educational courses and with standards from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Science Education Standards (NSES), which call for inquiry-based learning. The use of both real and virtual laboratory experiences enables participants to simultaneously learn content and pedagogy.

Participants engage in scientific investigations to extend their understanding of concepts and skills, rethink teaching and assessment strategies, and try ideas in their own classrooms. In essence, the laboratory experiences compose a built-in practicum. The program, using precepts from the American Academy for the Advancement of Science Project 2061, delivers a cutting-edge approach to meet the needs of teachers who are teaching science in grades K-8, allowing them to become competent and comfortable in delivering high quality science instruction to their students. The program integrates aspects of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into each science course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Convey the major concepts, principles, theories, laws, and interrelationships of biology and supporting fields.
  2. Convey the major concepts, principles, theories, laws, and interrelationships of chemistry, physics, and supporting fields.
  3. Convey the major concepts, principles, theories, laws, and interrelationships of earth, space science, and supporting fields.
  4. Create interdisciplinary perspectives and help students understand why science is important to them.
  5. Interrelate and interpret important concepts, ideas, and applications in science and conduct scientific investigations.
  6. Engage students successfully in developmentally appropriate inquiries that require them to develop concepts and relationships from their observations, data, and inferences in a scientific manner.


Note on Licensure

For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.

Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.