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Science Education Programs Make the Grade

August 23, 2013 by Editor in On Campus with 0 Comments

Siena CollegeFall 200610/05/06By Ken Jubie ’04

Siena College’s science teacher preparation programs in biology, chemistry and physics have been fully recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The program is now accredited without conditions for the next five years and is listed on the NCATE website as a nationally certified program. The biology, chemistry and physics education programs met all national professional standards for the preparation of science teachers.

After a rigorous review, Siena’s Education Department was also recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). “This is the highest recommendation that a program can achieve,” said Doreen Dedjoe, the Education Department’s senior research analyst for assessment and outcomes and lead author of the assessment report. This is the first time that Siena’s science education programs have received unconditional approval by NSTA. It is an honor achieved by only 231 universities and colleges throughout the country since 2005. Siena College is one of three NCATE/NSTA accredited programs in New York’s Capital Region.

“NCATE and NSTA accreditation solidifies our commitment to providing the best undergraduate experience in science teacher preparation and certification,” said School of Science Dean Allan Weatherwax, Ph.D.

“Being involved in a field experience each semester developed my skills as a facilitator in a classroom of diverse learners,” said Physics Education Major Liza Villanueva ’14. “Each education course I take shapes my method of instruction as I learn more about physics, the education system and most importantly, the students.”

By providing science education majors with unique experiences for hands-on, experiential learning, Siena College’s nationally accredited programs are developing qualified and passionate teachers who can mentor and motivate the biology, chemistry and physics majors of the future.

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