The Science program has received national recognition from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
The Secondary Science Department at Manhattanville College prepares undergraduate and graduate students to teach science at the middle to secondary levels, grades 5-12.
All of our programs are aligned with the New York State Department requirements for certifying teachers. Our programs also incorporate standards as expressed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Research Council (NRC) in the National Science Education Standards (NSES), and the science and technology requirements of New York State. In addition, Manhattanville's conceptual framework permeates all our endeavors.
Grounded in a philosophy of every child a scientist, we prepare our teacher candidates to deliver inquiry and problem-based instruction such that students in their classrooms will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and empirical reasoning skills for the 21st Century. We emphasize a hands-on, minds-on, active learning approach in the classroom with teachers in the role of coach and facilitator.
Understanding critical interrelationships between science and society underpins all aspects of our science methods and content courses. Through their engagement with science content courses focused on the nature of science and science and social issues, combined with methods courses focused on inquiry and problem-based learning our teacher candidates develop essential strategies for bringing science to life with their students.
Our goal is to graduate highly qualified teacher candidates that can implement a Socratic constructivist approach in the classroom using state-of-the-art educational technology. Our teacher candidates are highly qualified with regard to science content area knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and art of teaching.