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Science Teaching  


 

College of Education
Graduate Studies

Teaching Science

The University of Alabama

The demand for science teachers is always high.  Now, more than ever  Alabama needs good science teachers.

   (Click HERE to go to Master Degree program requirements)

 

Schools across Alabama and the U.S. are in need of good science teachers. Over the next 6 years science teachers will be hired for 75% of the classrooms in Alabama alone. This will be due to retirements, additional science added to the school  curriculum, and a projected 15% increase in students.

The task of teaching science will be difficult. Many changes are being planned to upgrade science in our schools. Teachers will have to develop new skills, learn new knowledge, manage more complex tasks, and use advanced technology well. Teachers will need new integrated science knowledge, expertise in inquiry science teaching methods, new strategies for alternative science assessment and skills in using multimedia technology, microcomputer (MBL) and calculator (CBL) based laboratories. Science classroom action research, leading to more formal qualitative and quantitative research in science teaching, is an important part of all our programs at the graduate level.

Opportunities to gain valuable, first-hand innovative program and research experience with students in schools, K-16

      The University of Alabama offers a wide selection of science education programs leading to graduate degrees and certification which are outstanding in four science discipline areas. University resources such as the Alabama Science Teaching and Learning Center offer opportunities for teachers to get involved with the future. If you want to develop effective skills and exemplary classrooms at the K-12 or college level, contact us. Since most graduate education courses are taught in the evenings and summer, part-time enrollment is possible.

 

      The Capstone College of Education has a long history extending back to 1844.The College is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Alabama State Board of Education. This accreditation enables graduates to be eligible for reciprocal certification agreements in most of the United States, as well as being recognized overseas for teaching in other countries.

 

      Accepted students have a range of opportunities to fund their education as well. Assistantships are available in teaching, supervision, and research. 

 

 

Science Education

Graduate Degrees & Programs

 

 

The University of Alabama College of Education offers graduate science programs in the following areas:

Secondary Science Education:

Teaching Fields (majors)

 

 

 

 

 

FBiology

FChemistry

FPhysics

FComprehensive

Science -Biology, Chemistry, Physics, & Earth Science

 

Master's Degree and Class A Certification

(Appropriate baccalaureate certification required)

Required courses of study include:

Total hours:33

 

Science Teaching Field(s)……………………….

12 semester hours

Curriculum and teaching.....….…………………..

6 semester hours

Improving science instruction.…….……………

6 semester hours

Foundations and research...……………………..

6 semester hours

Approved electives.……………………………. 

3 semester hours

 

 

Master's Degree (MA) and Alternative-A Certification

(Appropriate bachelor's degree required)

Required courses of study include:

Total hours: 42*

 

Science Teaching Field(s)……………………….

12 semester hours

Curriculum and teaching.....….…………………..

12 semester hours

Improving science instruction.…….……………

3 semester hours

Foundations and evaluation.……………………..

9 semester hours

Internship (full-time).……………………………. 

6 semester hours

*Undergraduate prerequisites include 6+ semester hours.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and Class AA Certification

(Appropriate prior certification required)

Required courses of study include:

Total hours:33


 

Science Teaching Field(s)……………………….

12 semester hours

Curriculum and teaching.....….…………………..

6 semester hours

Secondary school science………….……………

3 semester hours

Foundations and research...……………………..

6 semester hours

Research Thesis…..……………………………. 

6 semester hours

Elementary and Secondary Science Education:

Doctoral Program (Ph.D. & Ed.D.) and Class AA Certification

      Programs are offered at the Doctoral level for supervisors, administrators and science teacher education faculty in colleges and universities. Doctoral students are mentored to develop research and advanced science teaching abilities.Numerous opportunities are available to develop leadership abilities at state and national levels.

 

DOCTORAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Ed.DPh.D.

Minimum total - 60 hrs post-Master's

Minimum total - 60 hrs post-Master's

Dissertation research - 12 semester hours

Dissertation research - 24 semester hours

Major - 27 semester hours

Major - 24 semester hours

2 Minors- 12 semester hours each

Foundations – 12 semester hours

Foundations - 12 semester hours

Research - 12 semester hours

Research - 12 semester hours

 

Foreign lang. or substitute

 

 

                                                             

Financial Aid

      The University of Alabama offers a number of loans programs, scholarships and assistantships to graduate students. For loans, contact:

Financial Aid Office

205-348-6756

Many scholarships are offered both at the college and university level. Call the financial aid office and the

College of Education

205-348-6881

For assistantships contact the Area of Teacher Education Office or the Elementary Program or Secondary program secretaries at;

Teacher Education

205-348-6093

Elementary Education

205-348-6058

Secondary Education

205-348-5665

For Registration Information contact:

Graduate University Admissions

205-348-5921 or 1-800-933-Bama

UAAdmit@UA1vm.ua.edu

College of Education

205-348-5665

Fax 205-348-9863

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