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California State University, Long Beach

Department of Science Education

Science Education -- Preparing a scientifically literate citizenry by educating and inspiring people to learn about and do science.

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In addition to email correspondence, the Department of Science Education would like to extend the option for Zoom office hours. Please see the Zoom drop-in hours to speak with either the Department Coordinator or Department Chair.

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  • Consider a career as a science teacher. You can explore science teaching by enrolling through Open University in the initial science teaching methods course EDSS 300C Introduction to Teaching (Science). Share your passion for science with kids. Join our Science Teacher Credential program. Learn more about the Science Teacher Credential Program including the information about how to contact the advisor to sign up for EDSS 300C.
  • Our Master's Degree in Science Education is for teachers (elementary, middle and high school) and informal science educators (science education outreach, aquarium and science museum educators). Learn more about the Master Degree in Science Edcuation.
  • How to obtain a permit for SCED 401
  • Petition for Concurrent enrollment

Department Highlights

  • Examining the Role of Authenticity in Informal Science Learning: A newly funded NSF Advancing informal Science Learning project, led by Dr. Jim Kisiel, will examine research across disciplines to better understand the assumptions related to the importance of the 'real thing' and authentic experiences on science interest and learning.
  • ESLA: Laura Henriques has led the implementation of Elementary Science Leadership Academy (ESLA), intensive summer teacher workshops (followed by activities during the school year) for elementary teachers to develop their science teaching practices.
  • Head Start on Science: Under the directorship of Dr. Bill Straits, the A Head Start on Science (HSOS) program strives to provide quality science resources and professional development for early childhood educators. Each year, hundreds of pre-K, TK, K, and 1st grade teachers participate in HSOS's numerous professional development activities.
  • Young Scientists Camp & SEE US Succeed!: Laura Henriques directs, implements, and fund-raises for these very active and long-standing summer programs bringing together science majors, pre-service and in-service science teachers to create innovative and engaging science learning experiences. The YSC is a fee-based (supported by grants) summer camp for area 1st-8th grade children. SEE US Succeed provides learning experiences for local homeless children and is completely grant and donor funded.
  • MSP work: Susan Gomez Zwiep and Lisa Martin-Hansen have served as PIs or Co-Is on multiple California Mathematics and Science Partnership grant programs that develop elementary and middle school teachers science content and pedagogy. Activities have focused on helping teachers to understand and implement the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Bridges to Baccalaureate: Lisa Martin-Hansen provides a 3-hour Nature of Science workshop for students transferring into CNSM from community colleges.

View archived highlights.

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 and 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, general education critical thinking course, 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 Straits and are offered through the Head Start on Science Program. 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. Lisa Martin-Hansen and Susan Gomez-Zwiep coordinate the Science Professional Academy – a grant project working with 100 K-8 teachers and teacher coaches from Norwalk – La Mirada Unified School District. Other projects in which we are actively participating can be viewed on our Grants and Projects.

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