Concentration In Science - Elementary

The Elementary Science Concentration is a new program designed to provide future elementary education teachers opportunities to engage in meaningful learning experiences that will enhance content knowledge of science as well as prepare them for their future science classrooms. To learn more about this program please visit the additional links on this page or download our informational Powerpoint. Be sure to check out the testimonials from current students in this program and view our gallery!

These classes get me excited to teach my future science students.” ~ Beth Wantz

“This science concentration is so great because I am able to take experiments done in class to my future classroom. The experimentation is such a great and fun addition to class.”
~ Rachel Fendrick

 “Opened opportunities to informal science experiences (ideas for other jobs).  Multiple ideas for experiments I can actually use in my class!” ~ Katherine White

 “The new science concentration has allowed me to explore science concepts in fun and creative ways.  We spend time practicing experiments to use in the classroom rather than on lesson plans.”
~ Anonymous

“The science concentration helped me find my place in the school of education.” ~ KC Hart

“Insightful, informative, but fun at the same time!”


General Science - 18 semester hours

SCIE 3216 - Teaching Science in the Elementary School

SCIE 3270 - Physical Science for Grades K-6

SCIE 3280 - Life and Environmental Science Grades K-6

SCIE 3290 - Earth Systems Science Grades K-6

SCIE 3336 - Science and Methods in Informal Settings and Field Experience


Choose one of the following four:

BIOL 1050 - General Biology

CHEM 1020 - General Descriptive Chemistry

GEOL 1550 - Oceanography

PHYS 1050 - Physics and the Environment


Application Requirements

The Science Education Concentrations are administered by the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE). Although students who use the concentrations are advised in other departments, MSITE is ready to assist students with questions about the concentrations ( or 252-328-9355).


Will choosing the elementary science concentration help my employment opportunities?

Yes! Earning the science concentration will almost certainly make your more marketable as it separates you from the majority of elementary education majors. With science a tested area, principals welcome the opportunity to hire someone with expertise in this subject.

If I do the elementary science concentration, how much else do I have to do in order to add middle grades science to my license?

The key to adding middle grades science to your elementary licensure is to successfully take the Praxis II test in middle grades science. You should also take additional coursework to get to 24 hours of science or perhaps you simply want to take the 24-hour concentration designed for middle grades majors.

How difficult is it to schedule the elementary science concentration courses?

Because some of the courses are designed specifically for elementary science concentrators, they are offered just one time per year. So it takes some planning to ensure you can take those at an appropriate time. The other two courses (SCIE 3216 and the Foundations Curriculum science course) provide many options. So the upside is that the course are designed for elementary teachers and the downside is that it takes more careful planning to complete the concentration that some others.

I am currently taking SCIE 3216 and have become excited about teaching science. But I see from the suggested program of study that I should have already had some of the elementary science content courses (SCIE 3270, 3280, 3290). Can I still complete the program?

If you still have two or three semesters to take courses (not counting the internship semester), you could still take the specialized elementary science courses. Two of them are offered in the fall semester and the other two in the spring semester.

Do you have any further questions or need help with the process? Please contact us.

Dr. Ron Preston
Director of Students Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education
East Carolina University Mail Stop 566 Greenville, NC 27858 Phone:252-328-9355