EDPS 501 Next Generation Science Standards

Mickie Flores

Mickie Flores, Instructor


EDPS 501: Next Generation Science Standards and Inquiry-Based Learning  K-12


This course is available for 4.5 Continuing Education Units during the summer of 2016.  We are working on making it available for 3 graduate credits in the near future. This is a great way to get recertification credits this summer with a practicing Science teacher and Maine Teacher of the Year semi-finalist (2015).


Course Description:

Next Generation Science Standards stress the importance of students learning science by engaging in science and engineering practices. Classroom science becomes human exploration of the natural world in which students construct explanations and design solutions, engage in argument from evidence, and analyze and interpret data.

The goal of this class is to help you compare Next Generation Science with our current state standards and integrate these NGSS standards into your existing classroom. The course will be project and inquiry based. Emphasis will be placed on assimilation of science content through engagement in activities and explorations.

Materials Required:

Small, Arnone, Stripling and Berger. 2012. Teaching for Inquiry. Neal-Schuman Publishers, New York.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, educators will be able to:

  • *Demonstrate factual, conceptual, procedural and metacognitive knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards
  • *Apply understanding of NGSS to align existing lesson plans
  • *Demonstrate factual, conceptual, procedural and metacognitive knowledge of inquiry-based education
  • *Design learning experiences that incorporate standards- based content knowledge using inquiry methods
  • *Implement formative and summative assessment strategies to gauge the effectiveness of NGSS inquiry-based lessons


Course Requirements:

  • Students will complete all reading, viewing, writing, researching and online components of the course.
  • Maintain an electronic portfolio of all resources and work pertaining to the course.
  • Summarize learning through a final personal reflection essay.