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Explore our Graduate Certificate in Science K–8 from Walden

Prepare to awaken your students’ interest in science as you deepen your own understanding of key scientific concepts.

In this certificate program in science, you’ll become an active participant in the scientific process as you explore unifying themes in environmental science, ecology, and the physical universe. Applying the tools of scientific inquiry, you’ll discover how to create exciting learning experiences for the K–8 student. Explore the latest issues in science and science education, including critical social concerns surrounding genetic engineering, biotechnology, and the environment as well as the growing emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

""After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.

Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 15 total semester credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Credits earned from this certificate program may be applied toward Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Science (Grades K–8).

Courses

Course Code Title Credits
SCIE 6660

The Nature of Science

Education professionals can investigate the nature and history of science and the role science plays in 21st-century life. They can discover unifying themes across all areas of science such as scientific inquiry, systems and energy, models and scale, constancy and change, ecology and the environment, and form and function. Education professionals can explore environmental science and apply the scientific tools of inquiry, discovery, hypothesis, and theory to facilitate their own learning in science and to foster engaging and motivating scientific learning in their students.

(3 sem. cr.)
SCIE 6661

Exploring the Physical World

Education professionals can examine various physical phenomena (e.g., light, sound, heat, magnetism, and motion) in this course. They engage in authentic, active learning experiences that advance their knowledge about these phenomena and model creative teaching approaches that can be used to engage their students in powerful learning about the physical sciences. The practical application of theories and concepts will be emphasized.

(3 sem. cr.)
SCIE 6662

Investigating the Living World

Education professionals take a journey of discovery and explore the components of the living world, including plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms as well as their ecology in this course. They can learn about the controversy that persists in the scientific community about what makes an organism alive and discover how organisms interact with each other and their environments. Education professionals use inquiry methods to develop learning experiences to engage their own students in exploring these ideas in the classroom.

(3 sem. cr.)
SCIE 6663

Exploring the Earth and Beyond

Education professionals can investigate timeless questions about how the Earth fits into time and space. Explorations will span from ocean depths to the breadth of the universe in this course. They examine earthly and other-world phenomena, such as weather, climate, volcanoes, earthquakes, planetary systems, and supernovae, and explore the similarities and differences between this world and other worlds. Transferring this scientific knowledge to classroom instruction will be emphasized.

(3 sem. cr.)
SCIE 6664

Looking Into the Future of Science and Education

Education professionals take a future-focused view of science while developing their skills in science education during this course. Trends, issues, challenges, and opportunities related to science and its role in schools, society, and the workplace will be explored. Topics include genetic engineering, biotechnologies, environmental issues such as climate change and global warming, and the call for education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Education professionals engage in professional discourse to grapple with uncertainties and learn how scientific principles can be used to advocate for authentic social change.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 15 total semester credit hours $580 per semester hour $8,700
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $630


TOTAL $9,330


Transfer up to 6 credits $3,690


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $5,640

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $400 to $600.  

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

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