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TEACHING & LEARNING - TEACHING
LICENSURE SCIENCE

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Fulfill your potential as a science teacher.

Overview

Do you have a passion for science? Have you ever wanted to help students learn this important subject? Are you looking to become an effective teacher and instill in students a love of this topic?

If so, the Master of Science in Teaching and Learning - Science Licensure may be for you. With hands-on coursework, in-classroom internship hours, and alignment with InTASC Model Core National Teaching Standards, the Performance-Based Standards for Colorado Teachers, the Colorado Educator Effectiveness Teacher Quality Standards, and the Colorado 8.0 Content Standards, you can become the effective and well-prepared educator students need.

Earn Your Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning - Science Teaching Licensure Concentration

If you are looking to become a science teacher, CSU-Global is proud to offer two different ways to help you achieve your goals:

  • As part of your online master’s degree program in teaching and learning, you can participate in the Science Teaching Concentration. If you choose to do so, this program will replace your requirement for a specialization.
  • For students who already have a master’s degree, we also offer the Science Teaching Licensure as a stand-alone program.

With either option, you will create and support safe, productive learning environments that result in learners achieving at the highest levels.

Description

The Teacher Licensure Science Concentration within the Master of Science in Teaching and Learning is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for being an effective teacher within the science discipline. The program is aligned with the InTASC Model Core National Teaching Standards, the Performance-Based Standards for Colorado Teachers, the Colorado Educator Effectiveness Teacher Quality Standards, and the Colorado 8.0 Content Standards to provide outcomes that are fundamental in today's complex schools. Students apply these principles and objectives in practical academic settings through coursework and through an ongoing student teaching experience integrated into all the courses.

The Master of Science in Teaching and Learning — Teacher Licensure Science Concentration is a 36 credit hour graduate degree program that consists of four core courses (12 credit hours) in the teaching and learning major and seven courses (24 credit hours) in the Teacher Licensure Concentration. Students in this concentration program are not required to complete a graduate-level specialization. This program is also offered as a non-degree Teacher Licensure.

The certifying agent for the completion of this Licensure program is the Colorado State University-Global Campus Registrar. Eligibility for licensure will be indicated on the official transcript.

Due to state authorizations, this program may not be available in all states, see the State Specific Authorization Policy regarding internships and practica.

Provisions for Admissions

Students interested in completing the Teacher Licensure Science program must complete additional provisions. The following documents must be submitted through the Student Portal no later than 14 days prior to start of the term in which the student wishes to enroll in OTL501:

  • Official documentation of a passing score of 152 on the Praxis II General Science (#0435 or #5435) exam. Visit the state website for more information.
  • A Declaration of Eligibility form.
  • Colorado fingerprint requirement met.
  • A vision statement defining their view of "effective teachers.”
  • A resume that includes all collegiate work, professional employment, teaching skills, teaching or training experience, special skills, publications, exhibitions, awards, and service activities.
  • A reference letter indicating that the candidate has the skills and disposition to be an effective teacher.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
  • Establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
  • Plan and deliver effective instruction and assessment.
  • Reflect on their practices and take responsibility for student academic growth.
  • Demonstrate leadership in their schools.

Teacher Licensure State Requirements

Due to state authorizations, this program may not be available in all states, see the State Specific Authorization Policy regarding internships and practica.

Faculty

All courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.

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Career Outlook

Effective teachers play a crucial role in our society. Specifically, science teachers help students to develop an understanding of one of the most valuable subjects they can learn. It's a challenging and rewarding career, as you will be directly shaping the future for countless others.

You may be an effective educator if you are:

  • Confident when speaking and presenting
  • Interested in developing learning strategies
  • An active listener
  • Socially perceptive
  • A strong writer
  • A critical thinker
  • Good at managing your time

The number of jobs available to high school teachers overall is projected to grow 6% by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's slower than the all-jobs average, so if you're looking to get into the best school districts and find the opportunities you want the most, you'll need to be prepared.

The Science Teaching Licensure can help you in your job search, and will demonstrate to school districts that you've taken your career seriously, and are qualified on day one to be the effective educator they are looking for.

Degree Optimization

We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. 

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Courses

The Master of Science in Teaching and Learning with a Science Licensure Concentration program consists of 10 three-credit core courses and 1 six-credit course, listed in the suggested order of completion:

  • RES501: Fundamentals of Research and Writing

    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00.

    The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.

  • OTL501: Educator Effectiveness

    Examine the goals and objectives for integrating math and literacy into content area instruction, making instruction and content relevant to students, fostering safe and nurturing learning environments for students, engaging students in personalized learning, integrating technology into instruction to maximize student learning, advocating for partnerships to support students and families, and demonstrating high ethical standards and leadership capacity.

  • OTL502: Learning Theories and Models of Instruction

    This course provides students with an introduction to learning theories. A variety of theoretical constructs are studied to address diverse learning styles and conceptual frameworks for engaging learners. Students will explore theoretical perspectives on learning, cognition, and cognitive development. By examining a range of principles, perspectives and tools, students will gain an understanding of learning and teaching in a variety of contexts. Students will use problem solving, application, and evaluation skills to analyze the theories and practices of educational organizations.

  • OTL518: Effective Science Instruction

    The science educator will demonstrate their ability to engage students in scientific investigation to build models and theories about the natural world; emphasize crosscutting concepts that have application across all domains of science, and; design instruction and assessment around the most important aspects of science that provide a key tool for understanding or investigating more complex ideas and solving problems.

  • OTL539: Theory and Practice in Backward Design

    Introduction to instructional system design theories and models used in Pre-K-12 learning environments and nontraditional settings with a focus on backward design. This course is a replacement course for OTL540k as of the 2017-2018 Fall term. Students cannot receive credit for both these courses.

  • OTL547: Evaluation and Assessment

    Examination of methods and techniques for evaluation and assessment of learning in Pre-K-12 settings with a focus on instructional improvement and student achievement. Students who take OTL541K will not be able to apply this credit towards any program requiring OTL547. Students in the Masters of Science in Teaching and Learning program prior to the 2017-2018 Fall trimester take OTL541k.

  • OTL565: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the Differentiated Classroom

    An examination of the theories and concepts that define cultural and linguistic diversity with an emphasis on the theory and methods for creating multiple pathways of learning to accommodate students with varying backgrounds of knowledge, readiness, language, interest, and learning styles.

  • OTL504: Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues in 21st Century Learning

    This course provides educators with an overview of the legal, ethical, and social issues that are unique in the 21st century learning environment. Topics such as learner privacy online, the appropriate uses of newer technologies, copyright, and intellectual property on the Internet will be presented. Students will also examine privacy law and contemporary legal issues of the 21st century classrooms.

  • OTL545: Technology and Innovation

    This course presents how present and emerging technologies are transforming society and schools and the implications these changes have for teaching and learning. Strategies for building students' critical thinking habits, innovation, and creativity with respect to new technologies and media will be developed in the context of 21st century literacies (information, visual, etc.). Students will explore the practical context for the use of technology and will develop skills that identify and address the challenge of using technology creatively in teaching and learning situations today.

  • OTL568: Action Research

    Advanced examination of an educator led research approach with an emphasis on instructional improvement and student learning.

  • OTL579: Research-Based Professional Project OR OTL581: Capstone - Researching Effective Educational Programming

    Students have the option of selecting OTL579 or OTL581 as the capstone course of this program. See the Academic Catalog for full course descriptions. Both options represent a culmination of the knowledge and skills gain throughout the M.S. in Teaching and Learning program.

  • OTL590: Student Teaching I

    This course serves as an applications-based opportunity for students to engage in school settings. During this course the student will secure their 7-12 school placement and mentor. They will work with their mentor to become acquainted with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for the application of complex components of quality teaching. This course is a replacement course for OTL595 as of the 2017-2018 Fall trimester. Students cannot receive credit for both of these courses.

  • OTL591: Student Teaching II

    This course serves as an applications-based opportunity for students to engage in school settings. Educators become acquainted with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for the application of complex components of quality teaching. Students will be provided with resources and feedback to support them in applying for a teaching license and teaching jobs. This course is a replacement course for OTL595 as of the 2017-2018 Fall trimester. Students cannot receive credit for both of these courses.

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