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 advisor 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).
|Course Code||SCIE 6660||Course||The Nature of Science||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||SCIE 6661||Course||Exploring the Physical World||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||SCIE 6662||Course||Investigating the Living World||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||SCIE 6663||Course||Exploring the Earth and Beyond||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||SCIE 6664||Course||Looking Into the Future of Science and Education||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.