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Course SummaryThis Natural Sciences for Teachers: Professional Development course is completely flexible so you can work it in around your busy schedule. Earn credits by reviewing our short video and text lessons that you can apply towards license renewal requirements.
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How It Works
Earn professional development credits to renew your science teaching license with Natural Sciences for Teachers. Brush up on natural science topics so you can better teach chemistry, biology, and other natural sciences. Learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can complete this course in under two weeks - perfect for teachers who need to earn science credits in a hurry!
- Watch engaging video lessons about biology and chemistry.
- Check your knowledge of things like geology and cell processes with practice quizzes and exams.
- Ask clarification questions from our expert science instructors.
- Earn 3 college credits by taking the UExcel Natural Sciences exam.
Always check with your school district or state Department of Education to ensure that the course credits will be accepted before beginning the course. UExcel credits are accepted by over 2,000 schools and directly by many state departments of education.
Who's It For?
Natural Sciences for Teachers is ideal for any teachers looking to earn credits to use toward licensure renewal. The flexible, self-paced format makes it easy to fit your studies into a busy schedule. The course is fully online, so you can study anytime, anywhere. This course also benefits:
- Chemistry and biology teachers who want to brush up on natural science
- Teachers who want to incorporate engaging natural science videos into their instruction
- Teachers planning a natural science unit or course
- Aspiring science teachers
Why It Works
- Fun and Engaging: Animations and interesting examples make natural science easy to learn.
- Expert Instructors: Expert science instructors break difficult concepts down so they are easy to remember.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Quizzes and practice exams let you review natural science terminology and key concepts and track what you've mastered.
- Quick and Flexible: Learn on your own schedule and on any device. You could earn science credits in less than two weeks.
- Access our full library of professional development courses for teachers, including Physical Science for Teachers, Nutritional Science for Teachers, and Microbiology for Teachers.
- Find 10,000 engaging lessons that you can use in your classroom or assign out to students.
- Watch more lessons in natural science as well as chemistry, physics, biology, and other natural science topics.
- Earn transferable college credit for dozens of courses.
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Course Plan for Earning Credit in Less Than Two Weeks
Follow this course plan if you want to complete Natural Sciences for Teachers and be ready to earn transferable credit in less than two weeks. For each chapter assignment, take all of the lesson quizzes and the practice chapter exam at the end of each chapter. If you miss any questions, review the video lesson to master the concept.
|Day||Assignment||What You'll Learn|
|Day 1|| Chapter 1|
| Atomic Structure (early atomic theory, elements, the periodic table, chemical bonds, the electron shell)|
Properties of Matter (physical and chemical properties of matter, phase changes, chemical reactions, Avogadro's number)
|Day 2|| Chapter 3|
| Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (energy, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, specific heat capacity)|
Mechanics (speed and velocity, acceleration, Newton's laws of motion)
|Day 3|| Chapter 5|
| Relativity (classical relativity, time dilation, space contraction, mass and energy)|
Electricity (electric charge and force, Coulomb's law, electric potential, conductors and insulators, Ohm's law)
|Day 4|| Chapter 7|
| Magnetism (magnetic force, electromagnetic induction, magnetic fields)|
Waves, Sound, and Light (vibrations and waves, sound, electromagnetic waves, color, reflection, wave-particle duality)
|Day 5|| Chapter 9|
| The Universe (the Big Bang theory, star formation, structure of the sun, life cycle of black holes)|
Atmospheric Science (global warming, the water cycle, factors that determine a region's climate)
|Day 6|| Chapter 11|
| Geology (landform diagrams, earthquakes and volcanoes, rock cycle, plate tectonics)|
Biomolecules (structure and function of lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins; double helix structure of DNA; differences between DNA and RNA)
|Day 7|| Chapter 13|
| Biology of the Cell (active and passive transport, endocytosis and exocytosis, structure of the nucleus, mitochondria structure, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells)|
Biochemistry Foundations (function of enzymes, enzymatic reactions, cellular respiration, glycolysis pathway, the citric acid cycle, photolysis)
|Day 8|| Chapter 15|
| Chemical Nature of the Gene (protein synthesis in the cell, RNA processing in eukaryotic cells, codon recognition, effects of mutations)|
Cell Processes (the genome, the cell cycle, mitosis, meiosis, cytokinesis)
|Day 9||Chapter 17||Introduction to Plant Biology (structure of plant stems, structure of leaves, root system growth, flowers, asexual plant reproduction, seasonal growth cycles)|
|Day 10||Chapter 18||Human Anatomy (types of connective tissue, skeletal and muscular systems, integumentary system, circulatory system, digestive system, nervous system)|
|Day 11|| Chapter 19|
| Animal Reproduction, Growth, and Development (spermatogenesis, oogenesis, embryo implantation, the placenta)|
Genetics (properties of alleles, Mendel's first and second laws, chromosomal linkage, exceptions to independent assortment and simple dominance)
|Day 12|| Chapter 21|
| Ecology (ecosystems, food chains, interspecific competition, symbiotic relationships, carrying capacity, conservation biology)|
Theories and Principles of Evolution (theory of evolution, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, natural selection and adaptation, speciation)
|Day 13|| Chapter 23|
| The Origin and History of Life On Earth (theories and explanations, timeline and characteristics of major eras, evolution of cells, evolutionary change)|
Phylogeny and the Classification of Organisms (taxonomy; cladograms and phylogenetic trees; evolution of prokaryotes, protists, plants and fungi, animals and humans)
Human and Social Biology (innate behavior, learned behavior, social behavior, the theory of demographic transition)
|Day 14||Final Exam||Take the practice final exam to see what you've mastered and make sure you are ready to earn credit for natural sciences|
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