The ultimate goal of the program is to engage teachers in advanced courses that will strengthen their scientific content and broaden their pedagogical practices. In general, the program of study is framed by the principles and standards of the Next Generation Science Standards and the core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Field Placement Experience
Practicums (student teaching placement) take place at middle schools and high schools in metro Atlanta. You will gain classroom knowledge and skills. A mentor from the teaching staff at the practicum school assigned to you will help guide you. Faculty from the Department of Middle and Secondary Education will also supervise you.
Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness
As an initial teacher preparation program candidate, you’ll need to pass an assessment. This state-mandated teacher performance assessment is called edTPA. You’ll take this at the end of your program for certification in Georgia.
The assessment measures your ability to help all students learn. You will need to show knowledge and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and analyzing student learning. Our candidates in secondary science all passed the most recent edTPA.
Secondary Science — 8/8