Natural science is an area of emphasis under the Elementary Education Program. Successful completion of the natural science major along with a minor and the education coursework will qualify the student for a middle-level science endorsement (4th-9th grade). The natural science minor does not result in endorsement but is suited for a science specialist in grades kindergarten through 6th. Much of the required coursework is taught through inquiry pedagogy and spans six areas of science: astronomy, chemistry, earth science, life science, physics and space science.
Science teachers in middle school are in high demand. Consequently, students completing the natural science endorsement will have many opportunities to find employment. The natural science major or minor will also be marketable for the 4th-6th grade level.
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