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Science Methods PreK-12 Research Guide

Welcome to the Guide for Science Methods Courses

Welcome to the Library's Guide to Finding Resources for Teaching Science

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access research, writing, and lesson planning tools which will help you complete assignments in your science methods courses.

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Topic Ideas

Struggling to Generate a Research Topic for a Science Methods Course?

Scroll through this listing of broad search results to see if any titles/abstracts suggest ideas that interest you.

Standards: TEKS and NGSS

Important Texas and National Standards for Teaching Science 

TEKS Science Standards are Title 19, Part 2, Chapter 112 of the Texas Administrative Code

  • The chapter is further divided into four subchapters: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Other Science Courses 

More About the TEKS

  • The TEKS are the Texas state "standards for what students should be able to know and do."
  • "The State Board of Education (SBOE) has legislative authority to adopt the TEKS for each subject of the required curriculum. SBOE members nominate educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers to serve on TEKS review committees" and subject area TEKS are reviewed periodically.

Library FAQ Link

Finvertical navigation menu listing starting points for research and library-related questionsd Answers to Library-Related Questions & Refresh Your Research Skills using the Library's FAQ Site!

Not sure what a peer-reviewed article is, or how to borrow a book that is owned by another library--We offer answers to these questions and more!

Preparing for the TEXES

Links to Some of the TExES Preparation Materials for Science Available Online

  • General Science and science area exam preparation materials are linked below.
  • Note: Combination math/science exams are also available.
  • See the final link at the bottom of the box for a complete list of certification exams available.

The complete list of exams available, which include additional math/science combinations, can be viewed at the Texas Educator Certification Examination program website below: