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Department of Science Education

** Important Notice **

Upcoming Events - Spring 2015

  • First day of Spring 2015 - January 20th
  • Thesis Defense - February 17th -- Erica Young - HSCI 201 @ 4:15 PM " The Role of Text Placement as a Mechanism to Increase Science Literacy"
  • AFSE - Feb 23 "Something Fishy in the Classroom" - Join educators from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium as they introduce engaging, marine-science related activities from the elementary and middle school classroom. Presented by Jim De Pompei. Location: HSCI 382 * 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm * RSVP strongly suggested.
  • AFSE - March 17 “Hands-on Human Ecology Activities for the Next Generation”

    Join Population Education Fellow, Isabelle Rios, as she guides you through activities such as: simulations, cooperative learning activities, quizzes, debate, and problem-solving challenges for the K-12 classroom. Participants will receive a CD-ROM of classroom resources including: activity lesson plans, answer keys, data sheets, background readings and more. Location: HSCI 101 * 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm * RSVP strongly suggested.

  • Spring Break March 30th - April 3rd
  • AFSE - April 8, "NASA: We're with You When you Fly (and when you teach!)" - Presented by Sarah Marcotte from JPL. Location: PH2-106 * 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm * RSVP strongly suggested.
  • AFSE - April 23rd, "Crime Scene Curriculum"
    Use hands-on lab procedures and techniques from real forensics labs as Ward's Scientific facilitator, Sandy Antalis, guides your exploration of the science behind crime scene investigations. Geared toward upper elementary through high school classes. Presented by Sandy Antalis from Ward's Scientific. Location: HSCI 101 * 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm * RSVP strongly suggested.
  • The Ocean Institute in Dana Point is looking for teacher candidates and recently credentialed teachers for two teaching internships. Applications are due soon! Go to the Jobs and Internships link for more information read more...




Department Highlights

  • Graduate student Lori Walsh, an educator at SeaLife Aquarium in Carlsbad, and Dr. Bill Straits have recently published an article in NSTA's Science and Children. The article, "Informal Science Learning in the Formal Classroom" can be found in the Summer 2014 issue.
  • Congratulations to our very own Laurie Gillis, a single subject science student, who was selected as the CSTA Future Science Teacher for 2014. CSTA article and Inside CSULB article
  • Congratulations to Dr. Colburn. The Ethics Across the Curriculum program committee, sponsored by the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, has selected its award recipients for 2013-2014 including our very own Dr. Colburn for his work, "Ethical Dilemmas of Vaccine Testing: The Story of Polio Congratulations for being recognized as one of the faculty who is embedding an ethics module into a course. read more
  • Congratulations Wendy Hagan! recognized as an Earth Month's Hero by the Wyland Foundation and KCal 9. Read More...
  • Read about professor Susan Gomez-Zwiep and our SCED 475 students who have been featured in the California Teacher Association (CTA) website regarding their participation and experience in kettering teaching at local schools in Long Beach.
  • Jennifer (Arneson) Smith, a 2006 science credential alum was recently selected as a 2013 Milken Educator Awardee. Mrs. Smith teaches earth science and STEM classes at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin Unified. As part of the award, Jennifer received a $25,000 check from the Milken Foundation. Congratulations Jennifer! Watch a video of Jennifer receiving her award.
  • Congratulations Tania Hughes - CSTA's 2013 Future Science Teacher Awardee. CSULB alum Tania Hughes is the 9th CSULB student to win this honor.
  • Congratulation Dr. Susan Gomez Zwiep & Dr. William J. Straits who have a new piece of science education research in print: (2013). Inquiry science: The gateway to English language proficiency. Journal of Science Teacher Education(24), 8.

Hi and welcome to the Department of Science Education. We have just moved into the new Hall of Science Building and are so excited about our new space! We hope that this website provides you with information and answers to your questions regarding our program. If we can be of assistance, please give us a call at 562/985-4801.

The Science Education Department at CSULB is one of the largest Science Education Departments in the country. Housed in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, we work closely with our CNSM colleagues and our College of Education colleagues in addition to collaborating with each other. Faculty members often work together on grants & projects, articles and other scholarly activities.

The Department teaches courses to Liberal Studies majors as well as elementary and secondary science credential students. We teach over 800 students per year in our Science Capstone and Science Methods courses. Additionally, we also offer a Professional Development/Teaching Techniques course to science graduate student teaching associates to support excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Our graduate program, a MS in Science Education has pathways and options for practicing elementary teachers and secondary teachers and informal science educators. Applications for the Master's Program are accepted each spring.

Our research spans from early childhood to post-secondary science settings and touches on themes including assessment, science-based integrated teaching, inquiry-based teaching and learning, science learning environments, the impact of teacher beliefs on the teaching of science, alternate and misconceptions in science learning, technology-enhanced science teaching, science learning in informal settings, role of caring in teaching and learning science, using literature circles to support nature of science learning, and post-secondary science reform in physics and earth science.

Additionally, the Science Education Department is also host to several large educational projects. We house the National Center for Early Childhood Science Education and in that capacity we offer yearly summer institutes to train early childhood teachers and early childhood leaders in the teaching of science to young children. These summer institutes are led by Dr. William C. Ritz and are offered through the Head Start on Science Program. We have a newly funded California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) grant to support the science professional development of K-2 teachers. Susan Gomez Zwiep and Bill Straits are coordinating that project. Jim Kisiel has grants to support his work with science learning in informal settings (zoos, aquariums, museums). Laura Henriques is Principal Investigator on several NSF-funded projects which support future teachers, partnering with other CSU campuses, Cerritos College, Long Beach Unified and Whittier Union High School Districts, striving to support of quality teacher preparation and professional development in PreK-postsecondary science teaching and learning in the greater Long Beach area. Other projects in which we are actively participating can be viewed on our Grants and Projects page.

(562) 985-4801,, Room HSCI-205, Science Education Department, MS: 9504, 1250 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-9504