Physical Sciences and Secondary Education (PSSE) combines broad training in the physical, chemical and environmental sciences with a minor in Secondary Education. Students choose one of two tracks: Chemistry or Environmental. This program prepares graduates to teach a variety of high school sciences: chemistry, physics, environmental science, general science and/or earth science (depending on course selections and student interests). Additionally, students take a series of education courses for the secondary education minor, and successfully complete a semester of student teaching in their senior year.
The PSSE Program Outcomes include:
- Students will be able to apply instructional and management strategies related to teaching effectiveness, curriculum, learning outcomes and assessments, and orchestration of the learning environment with a focus on facilitating respectful and inquisitive classroom dynamics.
- Students will be able to explain scientific phenomena and concepts in oral, written, visual and instructional formats.
- Students will practice professional dispositions modeling scientific integrity in the community, a commitment to personal advancement and lifelong learning, and the importance of fostering social, moral, spiritual, and academic growth.
- Students will be able to critically analyze and employ methodical strategies to interpret data to propose hypotheses and conclusions clearly and effectively.
- Students will utilize scientific and educational technologies and instrumentation.
The minor in Secondary Education has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as high school teachers. Students from other states should work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states. Students need to pass the Praxis series (I and II), which is required for state certification in elementary and secondary education. All students in education programs must pass Praxis I prior to student teaching. A grade of “C” or above is required for all education courses. A student receiving a grade below “C” will be required to retake the course.
The outcomes adhere to the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.