Our Mission

The Department of Science Education at California State University, Chico is committed to providing the North State with the highest quality science education for all learners, programs for teacher subject matter preparation and professional development, and research on teaching and learning to promote scientific appreciation and understanding.

Science Education

Welcome to the Department of Science Education! Are you looking for an exciting profession where the end of every day will bring you the satisfaction of knowing that you really made a difference? Are you fascinated by the natural world and curious about how things work? Do you want to share your passion for science with others? If so, you really should look into the opportunities in Science Education.

Science Education is a growing and unique scientific field dedicated to advancing both theory and practice in the teaching and learning of science. The large research base underlying our discipline provides a foundation for our teaching practice and sets the stage for further innovations. Those in our field are well versed in this literature, are passionate about sharing our love of science with others, and actively seek out the best ways to do so through our research. The field - and this department - has a strong commitment to equity in science education and seeks to engage students who are often not considered part of the scientific community (e.g. non- majors, Liberal Studies students, kids, classroom teachers, museum audiences, etc.)


Faculty Recruitment


College Of Natural Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in the Department of Science Education to start August 2015.  The position requires a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Education with a B.S. in Physics and graduate-level coursework in Physics, or a Ph.D. in Physics with an emphasis in physics education research. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate may be considered; however, the doctorate must be complete prior to the beginning of the academic year August 2015.  Preferred qualifications:  K-12 teaching experience, elementary, middle or high school teaching credential, experience in teaching science content to pre-service teachers. Click here for complete position announcement.  EOE/M/F/VET/DIS


Bechtel and NSF Funding Further Enhance K-8 Course Sequence

The Department of Science Education recently received funding from the Bechtel Foundation to further integrate and improve the course sequence for Liberal Studies students at CSU Chico. 


Science Ed Teams Up with English to Improve Writing in the Sciences

Irene Salter and Leslie Atkins have partnered with Kim Jaxon, a composition faculty member from the Department of English, to rethink how writing instruction in science courses.


Monet Earns Teacher Quality Grant

The multi-year project will support 120 more teachers in inland California to help them increase student achievement in their classrooms.