Are you into science?
Ever thought of becoming a teacher?
Saint Joseph’s College is offering a free online course for eligible high school and community college students who are considering careers in science education.
This Growing Future Science Teachers in Maine (GFSTM) project is generously funded by the National Science Foundation.
Take a step towards exploring this rewarding career path by applying to the free, online ED 100: Education Foundations course.
- It’s free to you, including books
- Jump start your degree- you’ll earn 3 college credits
- Course runs February 1 – May 10, 2019
Learn from award-winning SJC professor Dr. Janice Rey
What makes a good teacher? What does a good learning environment look like, and what is the best way to address the needs of diverse learners in the classroom? This course will help you answer these questions and provide you with information to guide your consideration of the teaching profession, specifically as it relates to teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
You will gain knowledge about:
- philosophical foundations and history of teaching;
- the effects of the relationship between society and schools;
- teaching diverse learners;
- current trends and issues in the field of education.
With this knowledge, you will:
- construct a professional portfolio that is linked to Professional Teaching Standards;
- observe a science classroom from a perspective other than that of a learner;
- investigate diversity in your present setting.
This online course will be centered around three major projects and accompanied by readings, written discussions, and live oral discussions. Read ED 100 Course Syllabus.
Students will need to devote 8-10 hours per week over the time frame of the course.
Eligible High School Students: 11th and 12th graders with at least a B average and who are enrolled at our eight partner high schools:
- Biddeford High School
- Bonny Eagle High School
- Caribou High School
- Fort Kent High School
- Gray-New Gloucester High School
- Lewiston High School
- Westbrook High School
- Windham High School
Penobscot Tribe Partnership: 11th and 12th grade students who are members of the Penobscot tribe are eligible to apply regardless of high school.
Eligible Community College Students: Community college students who are enrolled at our two partner colleges:
- Southern Maine Community College
- Central Maine Community College
Financial aid implications for community college students
Since this course is not offered directly by CMCC or SMCC, it is not counted toward your credit load for financial aid purposes. Therefore, at this point in time, we recommend you take this course in addition to your normal courses so as not to reduce your load in a way that would affect your financial aid package. Please see your school’s Financial Aid office for details.
January 15, 2019
Q: Do I still have to do work for the course during my school’s vacation days?
A: In general, assignments are due on Thursday each week. Since the online environment is flexible, you can do the work at any point during the week. So, if there is an assignment due on a day you have off at your home institution, it is still due for ED100.
Q: Do I have to buy a book?
A: No, our project is supplying the textbook (and electronic textbook) and we expect all writing and project work to be done on the Brightspace learning management system (more info on this when you enroll). You do need reliable access to a computer with internet connectivity. You will need a simple notebook for classroom observations and interviews (though these can also be done on a laptop or tablet, if available).
Q: Are assignments due each day?
A: Assignments for each lesson/week are due on Thursdays. Once the assignments for each lesson are deposited, the next lesson will be available.
Project Team and Funding Information
Growing Future Sciences Teachers in Maine is a collaboration between Saint Joseph’s College, Southern Maine Community College, and Central Maine Community College, and funded by the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. The $103,000 grant supports the program’s mission “to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.”
Dr. Emily Lesher of SJC is the Principle Investigator (PI) on the project. Dr. Patricia Waters (SJC) and Dr. Dan Moore (SMCC, Sciences Faculty) serve as co-PIs. Dean Anne St. Pierre (CMCC, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs) serves on the leadership team and is the lead CMCC personnel. Dr. Janice Rey and Lisa Hangoc have designed the ED100 course, and Dr. Rey will be your instructor.
The partner high schools are Biddeford, Bonny Eagle, Caribou, Fort Kent, Gray-New Gloucester, Lewiston, Westbrook, and Windham.
The overarching goal of the project team is to enable high-needs schools in Maine to “grow their own” science teachers by recruiting and training students from these schools and having them potentially return to that school as a teacher. Project objectives include developing 1) new ways to increase student awareness of science teaching careers; 2) smoother pathways to enter the science and secondary education programs at Saint Joseph’s College (SJC); and 3) connections between SJC and high-needs Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to enable recruitment of potential teachers, placement of apprentice teachers, and support of new teachers in those schools.