These professional development courses are very helpful for K-12 teachers. They allow you to obtain college-level credits while gaining great tools and resources for improving your own classes. These are offered through Fresno Pacific University. You may take the course online or receive a printed copy in the mail.

Continuing Education Classes for Science Teachers

SCI 902 Plants

Explore plant life available on the school site and in the community to enrich your science programs. You will be required to complete and evaluate a planned series of experiments and experiences with their students. This course is in alignment with the California State Science Framework. All of the these lessons may be used with children in the classroom, home, and/or neighborhood.

SCI 903 Animals

Study animal life available on the school site. Topics of this class include insects, birds, pets, mammals spiders, etc. You will receive easy-to-follow directions to help make an ant farm or insect collection. Ideas will be given on how to care for animals that children may bring to class. This course is in alignment with the California State Science Framework.

SCI 904 Human Body

Do experiments that deal with the five senses, the circulatory system, respiratory system, and related topics. Easy-to-follow directions, hands-on ideas, and suggestions on how to effectively use personnel at the school site and in the community are included. This course is in alignment with the California State Science Framework.

SCI 905 Earth Science

Explore experiments that deal with rocks, minerals, soil, volcanoes, rivers, caves, erosion, and related topics. Find easy-to-follow directions, hands-on ideas, and some suggestions on how to effectively use personnel at the school site and in the community. If you choose 3 units, you will be required to do five additional lessons. This course is in alignment with the California State Science Framework.

SCI 907 Cells & Genetics

This course is designed to explore how the study of Biology, with emphasis on cells and genetics, can be used to enrich your science programs. This course is in alignment with the California State and National Science Standards.

SCI 909 Living Systems

Explore how the study of Biology, with emphasis on the systems of the body, can be used to enrich the science programs. The participants are required to complete and evaluate a planned series of experiments and/or experiences with their students. This course is in alignment with the California State and National Science Standards. This is only an ONLINE course.

SCI 910 Weather/Water

Learn the many facets of weather-water problems that exist in most communities. Teachers will complete hands-on activities with students in the classroom. Opportunities will be provided to visit a dam, a river, or a water systems person from the local city as a part of the requirements. Participants will teach the lessons on weather-water, learning how important weather is to our water supply. This course is in alignment with the California State Science Framework.

SCI 915 Matter and Energy

Investigate topics including -- journaling; matter; how light, heat, sound, and electricity are used as energy sources; how food provides energy; how the five senses develop an understanding of matter, and the states of matter. You will also learn the many ways matter and energy affect lives. This is a “hands-on” activity-based curriculum aligned with the California State Science Framework.

SCI 920 Ecology/Pollution

With an emphasis on pollution, this course is an activity-based, integrated unit which addresses the real life issues that directly affect the communities in which we live. Covered in the course are population growth, air quality, water quality, and land use issues affecting our communities now and in the future. Students will participate in activities that show mankind's effect on communities and demonstrate the impact on the environment. This course is in alignment with the California State Science Framework.

EDU 911 Geography

Explore geography skills of map reading, globe study, and formations such as rivers, mountains, lakes and oceans. You will see the effect that geography has on the development of civilization. A constructivist approach to learning is emphasized. The course will provide the teacher with a curriculum for developing activities to be used in K-12 classrooms. This course is in alignment with the California State Social Studies Framework.

SOC 944 Social Studies

Examine social studies in the study of culture, people, places and environments, individual development and identity, civic ideals and practices and global connection. This course is in alignment with the National Social Studies Framework.

SOC 953 Map Skills

In this course, you will find how relevant the study of Social Studies-Map Skills is to our lives. You will learn about global connections, how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information. This course is in alignment with the National Social Studies Framework.

EDU 910: Geocaching

Geocaching is a tool that integrates all curriculum areas so that no subject is taught in isolation. It makes learning seem like an adventure. You will learn about communication satellites and how they are used in everyday rescue and communication systems all over the world. Teachers will have a better understanding of Geography by taking this course. You will be required to complete and evaluate a planned series of Labs and/or experiences with their students.

EDU 911: Geography - Relate Sci/Math

This K-12 methods course is designed to explore geography skills of map reading, globe study, and land formations such as rivers, mountains, lakes, and oceans. It will also show the effect that geography has on the development of civilization. Geography is the field of knowledge that studies the relationship between the earth and its people. Geographers are interested in where people, plants, and animals live and where rivers, lakes, mountains, cities, and other geographic features are found. Geography depends greatly upon other fields of knowledge for basic information, and takes materials from chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, astronomy, anthropology, and biology, and relates it to the study of people and their environments.

BIB 900: The Old Testament Tabernacle

This online methods course is designed for Christian School educators, Sunday School Teachers and those interested in exploring the various sources concerning the Old Testament Tabernacle. Students are required to complete and evaluate a series of lectures to help them communicate the value of the Tabernacle in the eyes of God for themselves and for their classroom students. All of these activities can be completed in your classroom. Resources are made available for students to apply to activities for use in the classroom. Students will develop a deep understanding of the history, structure and real-world applications of the subject.

BIB 901: Sermon on the Mount

This online methods course is designed for Christian school educators, Sunday School teachers, and those interested in exploring the various sources concerning The Sermon on the Mount. All course activities may be completed in your classroom or work setting. This course is in alignment with the Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, which are included in lesson plans and assignments. Students will develop a deep understanding of the history, instruction, and real-world applications of the subject matter.