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Wright State University

Contact

Doug Petkie
Chair, Department of Physics
Wright State University
doug.petkie@wright.edu
937-775-2954

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Wright State University
Science Teacher Preparation Program

The science and math courses within the teacher preparation program at Wright State University were designed and piloted from 1995-2000 by a group of our science and math educators. The courses were designed based on the NCTM and National Science Education Standards, the Mathematical Association of America suggestions for mathematics education, and the AAAS Benchmarks. The goals of the courses are to provide students with the opportunity to

  • construct their own knowledge through learning cycles of cooperative inquiry
  • gain a depth of understanding of the content and processes of science and mathematics; to understand not only the what but also the how and why
  • develop abilities to scientifically and mathematically reason and problem solve
  • understand teaching methodologies that aid the development of these abilities
  • understand the connections between the disciplines
  • gain an appreciation of the history and nature of science and mathematics from social and technological perspectives
  • develop content-specific pedagogical knowledge of how children develop
    conceptual understanding of specific topics in science and mathematics
  • develop abilities to communicate through multiple representations

Physics currently houses five courses in the middle school science education program (18 quarter hours), three specialized courses for future high school teachers, and three specialized courses for middle and high school in-service teachers. WSU currently offers over 100 sections of specialized science and mathematics courses for teachers
each year and the physics department offers about 30 sections of these courses each year. WSU has multiple teacher preparation or professional development programs including:

  • Early childhood licensure (grades Pre-K through 3)
  • Middle childhood licensure (grades 4-9)
  • Adolescent and Young Adult licensure (grades 7-12)
  • Physics MST (masters in science teaching with emphasis on physics)
  • Interdisciplinary MST (includes three tracks: science, math, or math/science)
  • Alternative Educators License
  • Summer Institutes for in-service teachers (integrated physical science and math courses)
  • Teacher Education Council (sponsored by the Deans of Education, Liberal Arts,
    and Science & Math – this forum brings together faculty, administrators, and
    practicing teachers for the purpose of advancing their common agenda of
    simultaneously renewing teacher education and K-12 schooling)

These programs are now supported by 14 science and mathematics educators, eight
with joint appointments in both College of Science and Mathematics (COSM) and
College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) and two with appointments in
COSM. This includes three physics, three biology, two chemistry, two geology, and four math educators. Each faculty with a joint appointment has a home department in which their majority appointment resides and from which tenure and promotion are earned. The appointments are usually split 5/6 in the home department and 1/6 in the collaborating department.