Department of Science Education

Science Education

There is a nationwide shortage of science teachers. Do you have a passion for science? Are you ready to make a positive impact on young lives?

"Science is one of the most acute teacher shortage areas, making job prospects very strong. Over the next decade, California is projected to need more than 33,000 science and math teachers."  —  2020 TEACH California: Administered by the California Department of Education, Special Education

We are located in the College of Natural Sciences, the Department of Science Education is committed to providing all students a quality educational experience. Our faculty value and promote culturally inclusive learning spaces where diversity of thought and expression are valued, respected, appreciated, and celebrated. Become part of the next generation of science teachers and educators to advance excellence and equity in STEM education. Our BS in Natural Sciences degree programs offers:

  • Low teacher-to-student ratio
  • Science courses designed for future science teachers and informal science educators
  • Local field trips and site investigations that apply scientific and engineering practices to ask questions and solve problems
  • Opportunities for early teaching experiences
  • Significant scholarship and grant opportunities
  • A professional network to support future science educators

For more information on science education career path options, see our Career Q&A.


Congratulations to our class of 2023 Outstanding Students

Austin Barnes and Josie Allen

Oustanding students

Congratulations to our 2023 graduates!

 SCED graduates 2023

Students present research talks at the 2023 American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting

Shout out to Department of Science Education Natual Science majors Josie Allen (L) and William Henriquez (R). Working with Dr. Carolina Alvarado, their research examines socio-metacognition focused on exploring students' patterns when engaged in a high-stress activity (Josie) and students negotiating data collection and analysis in collaborative groups (William).

 2023 aapt winter meeting

2023-24 Part-Time Lecturer Pool - Department of Science Education