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Published 26 May 2017

AUT's postgraduate certificate in education (science)

Auckland University of Technology |Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau (AUT )is offering a postgraduate certificate in education (science).

Science Education

This 60 point programme is for teachers who are curious about science and would like to think about how school science might be different. According to NZC (New Zealand Curriculum) students learn science at school "so that they can participate as critical, informed, and responsible citizens in a society in which science plays a significant role" (p 17). But what does this actually mean and how might school science contribute towards this citizenship goal?

The programme will be of interest to classroom teachers and to those who are considering taking on leadership roles in science within either their school or CoL (Communities of Learning). The papers are aimed at primary and middle school teachers and a background in science is not necessary. The Postgraduate Certificate in Science Education consists of two related papers:

EDUC838 - Engaging with science (30 points)
This paper has a broad focus on the nature of science. Specifically the paper aims to strengthen participants' engagement with science, particularly in relation to environmental and health issues. Participants will explore a socio-scientific issue which is of personal interest in order to experience for themselves what it might mean to be scientifically literate citizens.

EDUC839 - Engaging students with science (30 points)
Participants will explore how school science might be re-focused to foreground the citizenship purpose. Participants will consider a range of approaches to teaching science and develop a curriculum plan suitable for their chosen level of the school. There will be a focus on science capabilities and making decisions about what content needs to be included.

Both papers will be a mix of face to face intensive sessions and independent work. Three assignments are required in each paper and these will be a mix of theory and practitioner-based tasks. Dates for intensive face to face sessions are as follows:

EDUC838 - Engaging with science

July 20 and 21, 9am-4pm North Campus. September 2 and 3, 9am-4pm AUT South Campus. Taught by Ally Bull.

EDUC839 - Engaging students with science

October 12 and 13 and November 25 and 26, 9am-4pm based on the AUT North Campus. Taught by Ally Bull.


For further information please contact Sandra Linz on 09 921 9999 ext 7916, sandra.linz@aut.ac.nz 


Note: this qualification does not provide eligibility for provisional teacher registration


Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi