SFASU Undergraduate Preparation for Educator Readiness-NASA Opportunities for Visionary Academics
Texas is facing a critical shortage in teachers,
in science and mathematics, at a time when most preservice teachers are
not pursuing certification in these areas. Consequently,
, mathematics, and science instructors at Stephen F. Austin State
(SFASU) are cooperating to revise course content and pedagogy to
state and national mandates for reform. faculty are currently
introductory freshman-level courses in physical and life-earth science
and upper division specialization courses to:
1) improve content and pedagogical skill in science for preservice teachers, and
2) increase the number of teachers specializing in science and mathematics.
A team of faculty from the College of Science and mathematics and the College of Education has been assembled to develop a new, content-driven specialization course in life science for preservice elementary and middle school teachers. It will emphasize the development of methods which apply the content to a typical elementary or middle school class. because space exploration is very important to our understanding of life on Earth and the long-term sustain ability of this life, we intend to concentrate on this area. e envision this project as the catalyst for campus- and community-wide reform for preparation of teachers to teach science and mathematics.
BIO 301: Planetary and Space Life Sciences
SyllabusSFA Center for Science and Mathematics Education