Science Education (9-12)
Elon’s Science Education program prepares teachers for careers in high school teaching across the different science disciplines. The program emphasizes practical hands-on experience in classrooms, educational theory and pedagogy as well as a breadth and depth of science content knowledge. The program culminates with a full semester of teaching in a high school setting.
The Science Education program is a cooperative effort between Elon’s Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education and the departments of physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental science. Science Education majors gain early professional training in real classrooms, beginning by observing experienced teachers, then completing practicums as part of their coursework. This allows majors to advance from observing a classroom to interacting with students by the end of their first or second years. Science Education majors also complete a semester-long internship in public schools as part of their student teaching. A course in the methods of teaching science is taken prior to student teaching. In this course, students examine the role of science in middle and secondary school curricula, craft teaching objectives with appropriate assessments and manage classes of diverse learners. Students also develop lesson plans using a variety of techniques and technology to demonstrate their knowledge of content, theory and teaching.
Elon offers a Bachelor of Arts in Science Education with a focus in biology, chemistry, physics, or environmental science. Upon successful completion of all requirements, Science Education majors may apply for a NC license in comprehensive science through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Typically, 100 percent of Elon’s Science Education majors earn licensure.
The demand for science teachers continues to grow nationwide, and Elon’s Science Education majors have made their mark in the classroom. Recent graduates have received prestigious awards within their school systems, including New Teacher of the Year, Most Outstanding New Teacher, Science Rookie of the Year, High School Teacher of the Year and Time-Warner Star Teacher. About 50 percent of Elon’s Science Education students attend graduate school after getting several years of teaching experience. They have attended institutions such as:
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Duke University
- Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
- Georgia Southern University
- University of Maryland
- George Washington University