NOTE ABOUT THE Integrated science elementary MAJOR

The Integrated Science Elementary program is being replaced by the PCKET (Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching) program. New students should visit the PCKET website for more information on the new paths to elementary certification.

Congratulations Hannah Henrichsen 2019 Outstanding Integrated Science Major

Hannah is distinguished among her peers in academics and professional achievement.  Her classroom work earned her a nearly perfect grade point average and the respect of all of the faculty in the Integrated Science Program. Faculty also appreciated her overwhelming positive attitude and willingness to tackle difficult topics. In one class, she designed a lesson relating extreme rainfall to surface water contamination and connected the lesson to her hometown. She presented her work at the Michigan Science Teachers Association where it was well received. Hannah looks forward to applying her teaching skills in a range of different settings. (Hannah Henrichsen, far right, at the Michigan Science Teachers meeting, Spring 2019).

Hannah Henrichsen

2019 Integrated Science Faculty Awards

Deborah Herrington is Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year

Steve Rybcyznski is MSTA College Teacher of the Year

Steve Mattox awarded the Glenn A. Niemeyer Award

What is Integrated Science?

The Integrated Science (ISCI) Program at Grand Valley State University provides K-12 teacher training in science education. We support the Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching (PCKET) major for Pre-kindegarted through third and third through sixth grade certification. Students choosing the third through sixth grade band can select and emphasis in science teaching. We also offer a degree in science teaching Integrated Science Secondary Education Major for 6-12 certification.

ISCI students learn content and pedagogy in science education through active learning in our ISCI course curriculum, and during authentic field, service learning and scholarship experiences. All faculty emphasize, and students are fully immersed in Michigan's K-12 Science Standards, which are based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Integrated Science faculty engage students in discipline-specific scholarly activity and research, leading to publication and presentation opportunities. ISCI faculty are well-published experts in the science disciplines, and have won numerous prestigious teaching and research awards. ISCI faculty regularly work with science teachers around the state in professional development and grant opportunities. Integrated Science alumni are highly valued by employers and have a high success rate in securing teaching positions. The ISCI Program at GVSU is dedicated to developing and supporting the highest quality K-12 science teachers and their classrooms.

What Are Students and Alumni Saying about the Integrated Science Program at GVSU?

Hear from our Students . . .

"The integrated science program was exactly what I wanted. The courses were interesting and focused on inquiry-based learning. I learned a large number of hands-on, effective teaching strategies that I use in my current position as a 21st Century Site Coordinator at Hesperia Middle School. Through the integrated science program you also have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, developing and presenting science lessons, and even getting published!"

Dan Postema
Integrated Science Alumnus

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