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Professional Certificate in STEM Education

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Introduction to STEM Education

What is STEM? Learn to understand the connections between curriculum standards and STEM competencies. You will discuss the newest trends in today's classrooms and explore Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, English Language Development Standards, problem-based learning, problem solving and critical thinking. You will learn how to make the interdisciplinary connections required for teaching in a 21st Century learning environment.

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4 units

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Access and Equity in STEM Education

You will study and discuss research on the issues of underrepresented student populations in STEM fields, and learn to design lesson plans that address the needs of this specific audience. You will also cover strategies for increasing persistence, and explore ways to build STEM identity among underrepresented student groups.

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3 units

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Instructional Strategies for Teaching STEM

Learn to develop effective teaching practices for STEM classrooms. Explore mathematics, science, and engineering teaching practices; learn to identify STEM learning outcomes; practice lesson design; discuss instructional strategies for teaching English learners and underrepresented student groups; and discover solid methods for increasing academic language. Best practices for student engagement and support, classroom management, and the integration and use of technology will also be presented.

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4 units

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STEM Education Capstone

A project-based or performance-based assessment to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of STEM education for a 21st Century learning environment is required. The final product should highlight your overall STEM competencies in mathematics, science, and engineering teaching practices. An assessment of the needs of underrepresented student groups will also be incorporated in this capstone project. This final course will be graded as S/NC (Satisfactory/No Credit), and may only be taken after all required and elective courses have been satisfactorily completed.

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1 units

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Elective (4 units)
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Environmental Science and Ecology for Educators

Through an interdisciplinary approach to environmental science and ecology, this course explores scientific principles, concepts and methodologies that demonstrate the interrelationships of the natural world. Participants learn to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risk associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

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3 units

Topics in Biological Sciences

Topics in biological sciences that demonstrate the interconnections among physical, biological, earth and mathematical sciences. Topics include: characteristics of living systems, biological classification, the cell, photosynthesis, food and respiration.

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2 units

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Biological Sciences and Lab

Demonstration labs and lab work in biological sciences and basic elements of cell and population biology, anatomy and physiology. Emphasis on the common characteristics of all living systems and the integration of chemistry, physics and simple statistics through an interdisciplinary approach to biological sciences. Topics include: structure and function, endocrinology and physiological mechanisms, electron microscopy, waste, the senses, movement, growth, reproduction and genetic engineering.

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3 units

Botany for Educators

This course introduces botany as the relationship between the structures of plants and their functions. Topics include plant classification, growth and development, photosynthesis, genetics, ecology. The emphasis is on flowering plants.

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3 units

Chemistry I: Introduction to Chemistry

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of chemistry. Topics include: structure of matter, chemical bonding, states of matter, chemical reactions, and chemical energy. Interesting demonstrations and experiments for engaging students are presented. This course is aligned with both the California state and national science standards.

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2 units

Chemistry II: Structure of Matter and Chemical Bonding

Fundamental concepts of the structure of matter and chemical bonding. Topics include energy and matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, groups of elements, chemical formulas and bonding, chemical reactions and equations, the mole and stoichiometry. Demonstrations and hands-on activities appropriate for the classroom are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.

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3 units

Chemistry III: States of Matter, Chemical Reactions and Nuclear Chemistry

Fundamental concepts of the states of matter, chemical reaction, and nuclear chemistry. Topics include gases, liquids and solids, solutions, acids, bases, salts, reactions of acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, electrochemistry, and applications of nuclear chemistry. Demonstrations and hands-on activities appropriate for the classroom are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.

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3 units

Chemistry IV: Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry

Fundamental concepts of physical chemistry and organic chemistry. Topics include heat in chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, solubility and precipitation, rates of reaction, thermodynamics, carbon and its compounds, classes of organic compounds, and the chemistry of life. Demonstrations and hands-on activities appropriate for the classroom are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.

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3 units

Introduction to Astronomy for Educators

An overview of the principles and techniques of astronomy with emphasis on methods for teaching astronomy. Topics include the nature and process of scientific investigation; basic concepts of astronomy, including the nature of the planets, the sun, stars, and galaxies; and methods and tools of astronomy.

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1 units

Oceanography

Study of oceanography, including theories and principles of biological, geological and physical aspects. Topics include: minerals, currents, wave motion, pressure, erosion, topography of the ocean floor, water cycle and marine ecology. Demonstrations of how oceanography can be incorporated into classroom situations.

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2 units

Weather and Climate

Weather information that not very long ago was found only in professional forecast offices is now widely available online. The challenge for the non-professional is to find the data and make sense of it. This course takes you through the first steps of understanding atmospheric processes and the science of weather forecasting. Topics include air pressure, clouds, precipitation, thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical weather systems, the atmosphere's planetary circulation, weather radar, weather analysis and forecasting. In-class exercises examine interesting weather events as they develop. The course includes a study program, "Online Weather Studies," developed by the American Meteorological Society Education Program, that utilizes real-time weather data to support the learning experience.

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3 units

Principles of Geology for Educators

Principles of geology for educators, including earth materials, landforms, resources, plate tectonics, fossils, earth history, structure and field localities. Includes specific reference to successful methods of teaching geology and earth science to students. You will explore a geological site, and gain hands-on field experience in geology.

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4 units

Introduction to Concepts of Physics

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of physics. Topics include: energy, electricity and magnetism, and heat and waves. Includes interesting demonstrations and activities that engage students' interest and participation in the classroom. This course is aligned with the California state and national science standards.

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4 units

Concepts of Physics: Mechanics

Fundamental concepts of mechanics. Topics include: experimentation and investigation; motion in one and two dimensions; forces and the law of motion; work and energy; momentum and collisions; rotational motion and the law of gravity; rotational equilibrium and dynamics; and fluid mechanics. Demonstrations, experiments, and computer simulations appropriate for secondary classrooms are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.

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3 units

Concepts of Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

Fundamental concepts of electricity and magnetism. Topics include: electric forces and fields, electrical energy and capacitance, current and resistance, circuit elements, magnetism, induction and alternating currents, and atomic physics. Demonstrations, experiments and computer simulations appropriate for secondary classrooms are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science education standards.

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3 units

Concepts of Physics: Heat and Waves

Fundamental concepts of heat and waves. Topics include heat, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, sound, light and reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction, and subatomic physics. Demonstrations, hands-on activity, and computer simulations appropriate for secondary students are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.

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3 units

The Next Generation Science Standards

Fundamental structure of the Framework K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Includes an overview of the structure of NGSS; the framework vision; disciplinary core ideas in physical, life, earth and space sciences; engineering, technology, and application of sciences; scientific and engineering practices; and crosscutting concepts. Modeling and hands-on activities appropriate for K-12 classroom are presented.

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4 units

College Algebra

Basic algebra, linear functions and equations, quadratic functions and equations, operations with functions and a basic understanding of the real number system. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Linear Algebra

Based on the concepts of rate and ratio, this course addresses topics that lead to an understanding of linear functions and equations. Topics include functions concepts, direct proportion as linear functions, linear functions of one variable, system of linear equations, system of linear inequalities and family of lines. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Non-Linear Algebra

Advanced algebraic concepts. Topics include: fractional exponents of positive numbers, operations on polynomials, functions and inverse functions, inverse proportion, square and square roots, and quadratic polynomials. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Advanced Algebra

In-depth exploration of concepts in algebra and applications in geometry. Concepts discussed include absolute value and inequalities, complex numbers, polynomials and rational expressions, quadratic functions, logarithms, arithmetic and geometric series and the binomial theorem. This course emphasizes abstract thinking skills, the function concept and the algebraic solution of problems in various content areas. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Trigonometry and Problem Solving

Problem solving techniques with an emphasis on equations and graphing functions through the use of a graphing calculator. Review of intermediate algebra through the study of the conic sections and emphasis on trigonometric functions and their graphs. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Fundamental Concepts of Geometry - Part I

Introduction and review of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometric concepts and instructional strategies for teaching geometry. Problem-solving and critical thinking skills, logic, and inductive and deductive reasoning will be highlighted while covering such topics as angles, area, volume, polygons, quadrilaterals, parallels, polyhedras, tessellations, circles, similarity, congruence and topology. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Fundamental Concepts of Geometry - Part II

An in-depth look at Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometric concepts. Topics include basic ideas of geometry, polygon relationships, patterns of polygons (tessellations), measurement (length, area and volume), motions in geometry, magnification and similarity, topology and number patterns. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Probability and Statistics, Part A

Introductory course in probability and statistics that examines collecting, organizing and summarizing data in order to draw valid conclusions. Topics include exploring data, observing patterns and departures from patterns; deciding what data to use and how to measure it; interpreting correlation, regression and categorical data; random variables; anticipating patterns and producing models using probability theory and simulation. Participants use computer outputs to explore data distributions and relationships to design experiments. A Texas Instrument TI-83 or TI-84 Calculator is optional for the online course. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Probability and Statistics, Part B

Continuation of part A course in probability and statistics that examines collecting, organizing and summarizing data in order to draw valid conclusions. Topics include estimation and tests of significance; inference for means, population proportion and regression; binomial and geometric distributions; sampling distributions, sample proportions and means. Participants will use computer outputs to explore distributions and relationships to design experiments. A Texas Instrument TI-83 or TI-84 calculator is optional for the online course. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Developing the Real Number System

Basic mathematical skills to enhance conceptual understanding and improve teachers' content skills for teaching mathematics in K-8 classrooms. Topics include real number systems with an emphasis on concepts of whole numbers, factors, fractions and decimals. Instruction also provides an introduction to algebraic concepts and techniques for understanding and solving linear equations of one variable. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Developing the Real Number System - Part B

Review of basic concepts of the real number system that emphasize concepts of whole numbers, factors, fractions and decimals. Fundamentals such as relationship between expressions, equations, inequalities and graphs needed for understanding algebraic concepts are presented. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Strategies for Effective Mathematics Instruction

Utilizing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and Standards for Mathematical Practice (MP), participants develop strategies to enhance their teaching pedagogy and incorporate the content and depth of understanding set forth by the CCSSM. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

Instructional Design and Differentiation in a Mathematics Common Core Classroom

An in-depth examination of questioning strategies, depth of knowledge, building complexity over time, formative assessment, performance-based assessments, and analysis of student work in a mathematics classroom. Modeling and hands-on activities are presented.

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4 units

Using Technology in a Common Core Classroom

The purpose of this course is to explore various technology learning platforms that help teachers to facilitate cooperative learning, differentiate instruction, and increase classroom engagement and positive classroom management. By the end of the course, teachers will: -Understand the NCTM Technology Standards -Understand College and Career Readiness Standards -Be able to employ various learning platforms in their own classroom to facilitate cooperative learning, differentiate instruction, and increase classroom engagement and positive classroom management

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4 units

Using Technology in Teaching Mathematics

Techniques for using technology in teaching mathematics. Demonstration and examination of materials include problem solving with the computer to investigate and understand mathematics content, drill and practice, software programs, the Internet, making charts and graphs, using graphing calculators, and simulations that allow students to solve real-world problems involving mathematics. For teaching mathematics in middle and high school classrooms.

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4 units

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