The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program funds innovative pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Informal Science Education (ISE) educational projects. In 2010, the National Academies released Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments, 55 based on the National Research Council study, Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits. 56 Surrounded by Science is a resource book that shows how current research on learning science across informal science settings can guide the thinking, the work, and the discussions among informal science practitioners. This book makes valuable research accessible to those working in informal science: educators, museum professionals, university faculty, youth leaders, media specialists, publishers, broadcast journalists, and many others.
Education science is closely related to pedagogy, which is the process of teaching. More specifically, however, education science is considered to be the study of improving the teaching process. The field of education science can include the examination and research of different teaching methods and how groups of students receive these methods, as well as the process of improving teaching methodologies.
Programs for preparing science teachers in the United States are numerous-numbering about 1,250. These programs vary considerably, though most require a major in one discipline of science and a strong supporting area. The professional sequence varies greatly with smaller programs unable to maintain a faculty with expertise in science education per se. The programs generally consist of half the credits in science, a quarter in education, and a quarter in liberal arts requirements. In the 1990s the quantity of preparation in science and in science education increased-often making it difficult to complete programs as part of a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Fifth-year programs that include more time spent in schools with direct experience with students are becoming the norm.
The Welcome to Science Initiative helps children achieve their full potential in science by improving the quality of science teaching in schools, connecting science to children wherever they are, and showcasing diversity in STEM fields. Our unique approach engages youth and all those essential to their success: teachers, schools, families and communities.
If you want to be a Science Teacher, put your best foot forward particularly on your teaching practise, because this is the place where you learn your trade, network and make connections that can be hugely beneficial to you in your later career. Enjoy your student years – take all UL has to offer you. It’s an opportunity to explore who you are, to get to know yourself and make new friends.