Feb 20, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
    
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog

EDU6240 TOPICS IN EDUCATION - SCIENCE COURSE PROCEDURE


EDU6240 TOPICS IN EDUCATION - SCIENCE

1 Credit Hour

Student Level:

This course is open to Educators who hold any teaching license with any State Department of Education.

Catalog Description:

EDU6240 Topics in Education - Science (1 Hr.)

This course will expand on topics and materials covered at workshops attended by Educators to cultivate their pedagogical skills in the area of Science. Educators will implement workshop materials and participate in the reflective process while demonstrating the ability to address various state level Science standards. To meet the various learning needs and abilities of today’s students, Educators will implement modifications of the workshop topics, materials and lessons. To ensure continued growth, Educators will design lesson extensions to expand upon the basic workshop topics, materials and lessons to further Science instruction in the classroom.

Course Classification:

Prerequisites:

Attendance of a Science Workshop. Teaching License.

Controlling Purpose:

This course will offer Educators an opportunity to expand on experience gained from a Science Workshop to cultivate their pedagogical skills in the area of Science while working to fulfill continuing education requirements for License Renewal.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  • Engage in the Reflective Process when implementing workshop materials and lessons within the classroom.
  • Create extension lesson plans which expand on the topics from the workshop and address additional state or national Science Standards.
  • Design and implement lesson plans which demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Write modifications and accommodations for a multi-tiered approach for various learning abilities using measurable objectives.
  • Produce lessons which generate awareness of career pathways or practices.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1:  Implementation of Workshop Materials

Outcomes:  The Educator will engage in the reflective process when implementing workshop materials and lessons through an online journal.
  • Design lesson plans for implementation of workshop materials (if none were provided) indicating Science objective(s) to be covered.
  • Describe the full implementation of workshop materials indicating specific Science objective(s) to be covered in an initial journal writing.
  • Use an Instructional Evaluation Rubric to analyze a personal teaching video to determine the overall success of lesson implementation.
  • Develop an assessment which measures students’ understanding of the Science objective(s) covered.
  • Justify modifications needed to instruction or materials to ensure student success through a follow-up reflective journal writing.

UNIT 2:  Extension Science Lesson Plan Development

Outcomes:  The Educator will create and implement extension lesson plans which will expand on the topics from the workshop and address additional state or national standards.

  • Create a minimum of three lesson plans which expand on one or more Science Objectives to advance students’ knowledge and skill in one or more Science categories (i.e. Physical, Life, Earth/Space)
  • Describe the full implementation of the extension lesson plans in an initial journal writing.
  • Use an Instructional Evaluation Rubric to analyze personal teaching videos to determine the overall success of implementation.
  • Develop assessments for each lesson which measures students’ understanding of the Science objective(s) covered.
  • Justify modifications needed to instruction or materials to ensure student success through a follow-up reflective journal writing based on Instructional Rubric results or student assessment results.

UNIT 3:  Integration of Modifications and Accommodations

Outcomes:  The Educator will integrate modification or accommodations of instruction or materials into lesson plans development and implementation to fulfill a multi-tiered approach for various learning abilities.

  • Describe the diverse population being served within the classroom and potential challenges in meeting the varied learning needs.
  • Determine specific modifications or accommodations needed by specific students when implementing one or more of the previously designed lesson plans.
  • Integrate the recommended modifications or accommodations into lesson plans prior to implementation.
  • Use an Instructional Evaluation Rubric to analyze personal teaching videos to determine the overall success of implementation.
  • Develop modified assessment options for each lesson which measures students’ understanding of the Science objective(s) covered.
  • Justify modifications needed to instruction or materials to ensure student success through a follow-up reflective journal writing based on Instructional Rubric results or student assessment results.

UNIT 4:  Interdisciplinary Approach

Outcome:  The Educator will design a 3-5 lesson Unit which integrates objectives from various disciplines to make cross-curricular connections.

  • Create lesson plans from 3-5 content areas outside of Science which include one or more objectives from those different content areas.
  • Describe the full implementation of the interdisciplinary lesson plans in an initial journal writing.
  • Use an Instructional Evaluation Rubric to analyze personal teaching videos to determine the overall success of implementation.
  • Develop a Unit assessment(s) which measures students’ understanding of the various objective(s) covered.
  • Justify modifications needed to instruction or materials to ensure student success through a follow-up reflective journal writing based on Instructional Rubric results or student assessment results.

UNIT 5:  Career Connections

Outcomes:  The Educator will design at least one lesson plan which connects Science to various career pathways.

  • Develop a survey which provides data on student career interests and student understanding of potential career fields which implements Science. 
  • Create and implement a lesson plan for students to investigate career fields that implement Science on a regular basis.
  • Use an Instructional Evaluation Rubric to analyze personal teaching videos to determine the overall success of implementation.
  • Develop an assessment(s) which measures students’ understanding of the objective(s) covered.
  • Justify modifications needed to instruction or materials to ensure student success through a follow-up reflective journal writing based on Instructional Rubric results or student assessment results.

Projects Required:

Portfolio - to include:

            Reflection       

            Lesson Plans

            Assessments

            Instructional Videos

Textbook:

None

Materials/Equipment Required:

Materials from workshop attended

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size: 

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class and which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.