Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

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Changes to Science Endorsements

The Board of Educational Examiners is revising the science endorsements. One of the first changes is the endorsement requirements for each science endorsement will align with the Common Core. Thus colleges that prepare science teachers will ensure that their students understand the essential concepts and skills in pedagogy and content to enable teachers to be well equipped to teach science as it relates to the Common Core.

The second change was a revision of the general science and physical science endorsements into one secondary basic science endorsement. This endorsement will authorize the person to teach general science, physical science, basic integrated science and middle school science. (Anyone who already has the general science or physical science endorsements will continue to hold those endorsements.)

The last revision is the all science endorsement will now be attainable through a four year college program. One half of the school districts have one science teacher yet most college programs do not prepare science teachers to teach all areas of science. Many administrators asked for this change because their new teachers had to obtain a Class B conditional license in one or more areas of science. The all science endorsement includes credits, concepts and skills in earth and space science, life science/biological science, physics/physical science, and chemistry.

The rule will be effective December 19.

Written by iowaboee

November 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

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