Academic Courses

All coursework is taught by doctoral-level Museum scientists and educators with an inquiry-based approach to learning that demonstrates the relevance of science to students' lives. The following courses are required, and each is offered for 3 credits:

EDU 600 Applied Research and Learning in Informal Science Settings

This is a theory and practice course taught simultaneously with a summer teaching residency working with adolescents in the AMNH summer science pipeline programs. The following questions and related assignments frame the course sessions and field expeditions: What are the intellectual, academic, and social roles that science or cultural institutions, zoos, parks, rivers, botanical gardens, observatories, and other outside-school environments play in the lives of teachers and schools? (This course is offered in collaboration with the Museum Teaching Residency in Summer I.)

EDU 610 Literacy in Content Area with Applications to Multilingual Contexts

Literacy is a required course for licensure and certification in NY State. Literacy is shaped by the discipline in which it is used, especially in science. Every member of any discipline reads and writes daily. In the scientific community there is a dictionary definition of literacy, a content area definition focused on pedagogy, and a policy definition based on scientific literacy for all Americans.

EDU 620 Curriculum and Instruction for Teaching Earth Science in Secondary Schools

This course is designed for Residents preparing to teach Earth science in middle and secondary schools. Residents learn to analyze, critique, and select standards-based instructional materials drawing from the New York State Core Curriculum, the National Science Education Standards, and contemporary research on how people learn, specifically how students learn science.

EDU 630 Developmental Variations: Development, Assessment, and Instruction with a Special Needs Focus

This course is designed for pre-service middle and high school science teachers in urban settings and takes into account school and life contexts of adolescent students. Residents will study human developmental processes and variations, including the impact of culture, heritage, socioeconomic level, personal health and safety, and other factors that may impact a student’s readiness to learn.

EDU 640 Methods and Assessments of Student Science Research

This course is designed to enhance the research experiences of aspiring Earth Science teachers (Residents) and to help them to develop an understanding of the nature of science, the use of science tools and technologies, and how science is practiced through research.

EDU 650 Foundations of Education in the Urban Context

The Foundations of Education course aims to develop in Residents the ability to analyze the importance and of the acquisition of knowledge within its historical, philosophical, cultural, and social contexts and to interpret its value both within and outside of the traditional school setting.

EDU/SCI 660 Earth Science Literacy Journal Seminar

The field of Earth science is interdisciplinary, dynamic, and collaborative. Understanding how scientific research is done – the habits of mind – including the critical thinking skills and methodologies employed by scientists, is key to developing scientific literacy. This course is designed to improve this aspect of Residents' scientific literacy by teaching the process of scientific inquiry through in-depth analysis of scientific journal articles within the field of Earth science.

SCI 652 The Solar System: Earth and Space Science

This course provides an overview of what we know about the Solar System: how it began and evolved, its components and their properties, and how these elements interact as a system. However, much of our knowledge remains incomplete, and so unanswered questions and mysteries figure prominently in the story. This course addresses our scientific understanding of the Solar System, how we know what we know and many hotly debated questions at the cutting-edge of scientific research.

SCI 665 Space Systems

Residents will learn the fundamentals of modern astrophysics in an integrated picture that will provide deep foundations for teaching the space science content in the NY State Earth Science Regents curriculum.

SCI 670 Earth Evolution and the Earth System

Residents will gain a broad understanding of the evolution of Earth and its life, the processes that have shaped our planet, the intersections of Earth processes and resources with society, and the character and threat to water supplies.

SCI 675 Weather, Climate, and Climate Change

Residents will learn the components of weather; how the climate system works; what factors cause climate to change; how climate has changed in the past and how sensitive it is today; how scientists study climate change using models, observations and theory; and the consequences of climate change for life in the future.

SCI 680 Science Research Practicum

Residents develop firsthand knowledge of the practice of science through a variety of methods, including fieldwork expeditions, investigations in laboratory settings, and engagement in secondary research methods. Learn more about the Practicum here.