Secondary Science Education programs, which include biology, chemistry, earth
and space science, and physics certifications, were recently notified that
they have once again been nationally recognized by the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Science Teachers
NCATE accreditation system is a voluntary peer review process that requires a
comprehensive evaluation of assessments, teacher candidate performance, and
evidence-based program revision. This process requires the submission of multiple
assessments which provide evidence that teacher candidates have mastered several
discipline-specific professional standards focusing on content and pedagogical
knowledge, teaching and assessment strategies, classroom safety and ethics, and
continuing professional growth. The 2015 accreditation report was compiled by
Ken Coles (Geoscience), Holly Travis (Biology), Ron See and Colin Ashe
(Chemistry), and Stan Sobolewski (Physics).
specifically commended ongoing curriculum revisions based on program
assessments, cooperation between program faculty across disciplines, and
consistent expectations for teacher candidates throughout the program.
IUP’s Secondary Science Education programs
remain committed to producing science educators with a strong content
background and the skills necessary for encouraging success in diverse student
IUP Secondary Science Education students practice instruction in a laboratory setting.
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