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Science Education

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Department Chair: Laura Henriques

Department Office: Faculty Office (FO) 5, Room 118
Telephone/FAX: (562) 985-4801/985-7164

Faculty: Alan Colburn, Susan Gomez-Zwiep, Laura Henriques, Thomas Kelty, Patrick F. Kenealy, James Kisiel, Catherine Martin-Dunlop, William Straits


Single Subject Science Credential: James Kisiel, David Nickles

Graduate Advisor: Alan Colburn

Administrative Support Coordinator: vacant


The Department of Science Education is strongly committed to the improvement of teaching and learning in science at all levels, Pre-Kindergarten through University. The activities of the department are highly diversified, ranging from its roots in teacher preparation through science education projects of national significance. Faculty of the Department of Science Education play an important role in preparing and credentialing elementary and secondary school teachers for science teaching. Significant emphasis is also placed on providing experienced teachers with continuing opportunities to refine and raise the effectiveness of their science teaching. Science Education faculty similarly work with university science department teaching associates. In all its endeavors, the department maintains close ties with the teachers and schools of the greater Long Beach area. The department offers a Master of Science in Science Education degree for the practicing teacher of science in elementary, middle and high schools as well as educators in informal science settings.

The department also undertakes projects aimed at pre-college students. The “Head Start on Science” project, one of only two such projects supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services, is developing a “sense of wonder” science component for 4-year old “Head Start” youngsters, their teachers and parents. We have just expanded our early childhood science education outreach with a CPEC grant for K-2 teachers. Other projects include: linkages between, and research about, informal science learning settings and K-16 classrooms, CSU/NASA Education Collaborative, Teaching Secondary School Scholar Partnership (TSSSP), Robert C. Noyce Scholarship Program, and Young Scientists' Camp. To complement their teaching activities, Science Education faculty members maintain an active program of research and are involved in a variety of local, state, and university organizations and projects to improve science education.

The Department of Science Education houses a suite of instructional classrooms and a multimedia computer laboratory. The classrooms and lab are Internet-wired offering students interconnectivity and access to many web-based instructional materials. The department is committed to meaningful integration of technology into the teaching and learning of science. The department also maintains an extensive Science Education Curriculum and Materials Resources Center that includes science teaching guides, textbooks, professional journals, and multimedia. Students and local teachers are welcome to explore these resources during campus and daytime hours. The department sponsors the Association of Future Science Educators (AFSE) which is a student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and California Science Teachers Association (CSTA).