Courses and Schedules

General Pedagogical Core Courses - 12 Credits

SCIN 600 History and Philosophy of Adolescent Education

This course looks at the historical and philosophical underpinnings of modern educational theory and practice including the study of: ancient Greek literature; early Jewish, Christian, and Muslim writings; philosophical developments in the Renaissance, Reformation, and revolutionary periods; social, cultural and ideological forces which have shaped educational policies in the United States; and current debates on meeting the wide range of educational and social-emotional needs of students from diverse communities.  (A special section of EdSE 600 History and Philosophy of Education/Special Education for students in the Biology Education Program)

SCIN 602 Teaching Science to Students with Special Needs

This course covers the historical background to current approaches to teaching children with disabilities; special education and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; current theories and methodologies in special education; inclusion and the concept of the least restrictive environment; early intervention; special education programs, curricula, classroom management, and technologies; educational challenges and instructional approaches with children whose disabilities are associated with mental retardation, physical and sensory impairments, language delays, emotional disturbance, and learning disabilities; and introduction to approaches and debates on reading and language arts as well as Science instruction for native English speakers and English language learners. (A special section of SEDN 602 Introduction to Special Education for students in the Biology Education Program and covering the entire grade range 5-12) 

SCIN 620 Child Development and Learning in Cultural Context

This course looks at the nature of motor, cognitive, emotional, social, and moral development from birth through adolescence, with implications for classroom teaching; looks at integration of theory and research findings from the fields of developmental and educational psychology; and explores multicultural contexts for growth, development, and learning.  (A special section of EdPs 620 Child Development and Learning in Cultural Context for students in the Biology Education Program and covering the entire grade range 5-12)

SCIN 666 Language and Literature Studies for Middle and High School Students

This course focuses on current approaches to assessing and promoting reading comprehension and critical reading and writing skills of middle and high school students; enhancement of oral and written communication skills; tapping into motivational factors in literacy development during the middle school years; and approaches to work with English language learners, gifted students, and students with disabilities during early adolescence.  (A special section of EdSE 666 Language and Literature Studies for Middle School Students for students in the Biology Education Program) 

Specific Pedagogical Core Courses - 6 Credits

SCIN 601 Methods of Teaching Middle School Science

This course provides students with an understanding of how to blend science content knowledge with appropriate instructional and assessment strategies to help middle school students learn about, understand, and appreciate school science and its importance in the world in which students live.  Students will develop and implement sample lesson plans, make use of appropriate laboratory equipment and procedures, compare and contrast curriculum and internet-based materials, and perform field observations in real classrooms in preparation for their semester-long practicum in middle school student teaching.   Fifty hours of observation will be required along with 5 observation assignments.

SCIN 605 Methods of Teaching High School Science

This course provides students with an understanding of how to blend science content knowledge with appropriate instructional and assessment strategies to help high school students learn about, understand, and appreciate school science and its importance in the world in which students live.  Students will develop and implement sample lesson plans, make use of appropriate laboratory equipment and procedures, compare and contrast curriculum and internet-based materials, and perform field observations in real classrooms in preparation for their semester-long practicum in high school student teaching.   Fifty hours of observation will be required along with 5 observation assignments.

SCINNE Content Courses - 6 Credits

SCIN 654 Selected Topics in Biology I

Special topics in the biological sciences of current interest to faculty and students will be presented through lecture, discussion, laboratory experiments, research and reports. This course is intended to supplement the science and biology content knowledge and understanding of each student, and to provide students with experiences and understandings concerning the place of the biological sciences in the modern world that can be used after graduation to make biology more interesting and more relevant to our students’ own future students. The particular topics selected will depend on the instructor’s field of expertise, and could in some cases involve working on a biology project with New York Medical College researchers. . The topics presented in this course might include, for example, physiology and biochemistry.

SCIN 655 Selected Topics in Biology II

Just as in SCIE 654: Selected Topics in Biology I, this course will cover special topics in the biological sciences of current interest to faculty and students will be presented through lecture, discussion, laboratory experiments, research and reports. The particular topics selected will depend on the instructor’s field of expertise, and could in some cases involve working on a biology project with New York Medical College researchers. The topics presented in this course might include, for example, genetics, evolution, microbiology, and immunology.

Student Teaching - 6 Credits

SCIN 679 Student Teaching Practicum in Middle School Science

Students will complete a minimum of 20 days, or 100 hours, teaching students in a middle school (grades 7 through 9) science classroom under the daily supervision and mentorship of an experienced and certified cooperating science teacher. During this practicum experience the student teacher will progress from watching and helping the regular classroom teacher to taking on full responsibility for the class him - or herself. The practicum, under the supervision and guidance of the cooperating teacher, will include experience in: designing, developing and implementing daily lesson plans; creating quizzes and exams; designing and grading homework assignments; implementing classroom discipline; continuously evaluating student understanding and using daily evaluations to modify future teaching practices; employing effective ways to carry out routine administrative practices, including the taking of attendance and assigning student grades.

The cooperating teacher will meet with the student teacher on a regular basis to help the student teacher develop his/her skills and practices; help answer or find answers to questions the student teacher might have; and remain in the classroom to monitor all activities and to provide supervision whenever the student teacher takes over the class. A full time faculty supervisor from Touro's Graduate School of Education will meet with both the student teacher and the cooperating teacher on a regular basis, observe the student teacher's performance in the classroom, and discuss the student teacher's development with both the student teacher and cooperating teacher.

At the end of the semester the cooperating teacher will submit to the Touro College faculty supervisor an evaluation form for the student teacher indicating areas of strength and weakness and where the student teacher should concentrate on improving his or her teaching skills. Using this evaluation and the Touro College faculty supervisor's own observations, the faculty supervisor will then submit a grade for the student teacher's performance in this course.

Prerequisite: SCIN 601

SCIN 681 Student Teaching Practicum in High School Science

Students complete a minimum of 20 days, or 100 hours, teaching students in a high school (grades 10 through 12) science classroom under the daily supervision and mentorship of an experienced and certified cooperating science teacher. During this practicum experience the student teacher will progress from watching and helping the regular classroom teacher to taking on full responsibility for the class him- or herself. The practicum, under the supervision and guidance of the cooperating teacher, will include experience in: designing, developing and implementing daily lesson plans; creating quizzes and exams; designing and grading homework assignments; implementing classroom discipline; continuously evaluating student understanding and using daily evaluations to modify future teaching practices; employing effective ways to carry out routine administrative practices including the taking of attendance and assigning student grades.

The cooperating teacher will meet with the student teacher on a regular basis to help the student teacher develop his or her skills and practices; help answer or find answers to questions the student teacher might have; and remain in the classroom to monitor all activities and to provide supervision whenever the student teacher takes over the class. A full time faculty supervisor from Touro's Graduate School of Education School will meet with both the student teacher and the cooperating teacher on a regular basis, observe the student teacher's performance in the classroom, and discuss the student teacher's development with both the student teacher and cooperating teacher.

At the end of the semester the cooperating teacher will submit to the Touro College faculty supervisor an evaluation form for the student teacher indicating areas of strength and weakness and where the student teacher should concentrate on improving his or her teaching skills. Using this evaluation and the Touro College faculty supervisor's own observations, the faculty supervisor will then submit a grade for the student teacher's performance in this course.

Prerequisite: SCIN 605