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Dr. Norman Herr.
phone: 818 677-2505
offices:  ED 2138;  W.M. Keck Science Education Lab ED2105
office hours:  Tuesdays, 1-4 (please email first)

Time: Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 PM

Grading - Credit / No Credit.  Grades are based upon: 
Teacher candidates learn to engage students in the those practices and habits of mind described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), such as asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.  These seminars focus on instructional methods and curriculum in teaching physics, chemistry, biology, earth & space science and health in secondary schools. Teacher candidates learn how to  develop, adapt, evaluate, and use strategies and materials for teaching science, appropriate both to the special needs of the learners and the special characteristics of the various science disciplines.  In addition, these seminars foster the development of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) so that they are prepared to use relevant technologies to engage and enhance student learning. 


Herr, N. & Cunningham, J. (1999). Hands-On Chemistry Activities with Real-Life Applications. West Nyack, New York, Jossey-Bass (Prentice-Hall). 638 pages.

Cunningham, J. & Herr, N. (1994). Hands-On Physics Activities with Real-Life Applications. West Nyack, New York, Jossey-Bass (Simon & Schuster), 670 pages.

Herr, N. (2013). Everyone in the Pool! Collaborative Data Analysis in the Science Classroom. HP Catalyst Academy. (

Student Teaching Information Sheet

SED 554/554S and SED 555 or 555BL/555S 

This fact sheet highlights procedures and policies regarding the student teaching experience. The official policies can be found in the Student Teaching Handbook for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential Program at the following web address:

SED 554/554S 

The SED 554/554S Field Experience and Seminar occur in the 1st semester of student teaching. You, the candidate, work with a Cooperating Teacher at a school for 1 period daily, same period every day, or at least 5 hours per week if on block scheduling, plus another 1 hour daily for consultation, observations, and planning, for one full semester or track—in other words, a total of at least 10 hours weekly. You begin with several weeks of observing classrooms and working with small groups or individual students, then gradually assume responsibility for teaching the class. You also attend a weekly or biweekly seminar that supports your student teaching and culminates in the submission of the Feedback-Receiving edTPA (FRED), an abridged version of the edTPA. 

SED 555/555S (or 555BL/555S)

SED 555/555S or 555BL/555S Supervised Practicum and Seminar for the Single Subject Credential occur in the 2nd semester of student teaching. You work with one or two Cooperating Teachers at a school site for the same 3 periods daily, or the equivalent in schools with block schedules, plus another 1 hour daily for consultation, observations, and planning, for one full semester or track— in other words, a total of at least 20 hours weekly. You are responsible for teaching all 3 classes from the first day. You also attend a weekly seminar that supports your student teaching and preparation of the edTPA.

Applying for Student Teaching

  • It is your responsibility to meet the Credential Office (CO) application deadlines for student teaching: August 1 (for fall placements) and December 15 (for spring placements). Apply online at:
  • The CO determines whether you are eligible to student teach and communicates this information to you by email. It is your responsibility to work with the CO to understand the conditions you must meet to become eligible.
  • Once you are found eligible, the CO forwards your name to the Secondary Education Department (SED), and the Subject Matter Coordinator in your subject will contact you and initiate your placement at a school.
  • You must also request a permission number to enroll in SED 554/S or SED 555/S or SED 555BL/S. Do this online at: You will receive permission numbers only after you have been cleared by the CO and have met course pre- and co-requisites. (Exception: ACT Candidates will be given permission numbers for SED 554/S and SED 555/S without having to apply for them online.)
  • You must self-enroll in SOLAR in these courses; this will not be done for you.
  • If you do not meet registration and fee deadlines, the University may disenroll you.

The School Assignment/Placement

  • Teacher candidates must meet two requirements in order to formally begin a student teaching assignment in the field, working directly with secondary school students, including classroom observations:

1. The candidate must be eligible to student teach.

2. The candidate must be officially enrolled in the appropriate student teaching courses.

There are no exceptions to this policy. Both conditions must be met before the candidate is allowed to do any fieldwork, including observations and teaching. Note: Many schools and districts are now requiring additional clearance tests and documentation, above and beyond what CSUN’s CO requires. You must meet these requirements as well before you can begin your assignment. Please attend to these as quickly as possible so as not to delay your start. 

  • It is the department’s responsibility to arrange the placement, not yours. You may indicate preferences to your Subject Matter Coordinator, but the Coordinator must take into account a number of other factors and may not be able to accommodate your requests.  
  • CSUN has partnerships with many secondary schools in the San Fernando Valley, and long-standing relationships and contracts with LAUSD and other nearby school districts. Student teachers are placed in these schools whenever possible.  
  • In general, in order to give you diversity of experience and to comply with program standards from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, at least one semester of supervised instruction must include a cross-cultural experience and one assignment must include at least one class that enrolls English learners.
  • There is no separate CLAD Credential option. All candidates in the program are “CLAD-prepared” – able to assist English learners with content learning and English Language Development in content-area classrooms.
  • o ensure that you are provided with a qualified University Supervisor in your subject area, school placements are located within a 20-mile radius of CSUN. 
  • One of your student-teaching assignments will take place at a middle school and the other at a high school; the order does not matter. Exceptions are made when the nature of the subject requires it. 
  • CSUN must wait for schools to make decisions on Cooperating Teachers and classroom assignments for the student teacher. In a few cases, the assignment may not be finalized until after the school semester has begun.
  • Once you know your placement school, contact the school’s Assistant Principal and Cooperating Teacher(s) and arrange to meet and begin planning for the semester.  Discuss with them the fact sheet entitled “Responsibilities of the Cooperating Teacher in SED 554 or SED 555.”  This is critical, because your University Supervisor will not make a first visit until after school has started.

Professional Expectations

  • You are expected to observe and/or teach at the school site from the beginning to end of that school’s semester or track, independent of the beginning and end of CSUN’s semester, and independent of when the Progress Report or Student Teaching Evaluation are due and submitted.
  • You are expected to attend your assigned class or classes every day they meet, except in cases of illness or a family emergency. Absences exceeding 5 school days will normally result in a No Credit for the student teaching and seminar courses and a dismissal from the assignment.
  • You must complete a lesson plan for every lesson you teach and keep the plans in the classroom in a binder that is accessible to your Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor.

When a Problem Arises

  • If the student teacher is not demonstrating satisfactory progress, the University Supervisor, in collaboration with the Cooperating Teacher, develops an Assistance Plan. This plan is agreed upon and signed by all parties.
  • If the school becomes dissatisfied with your performance or professionalism, the administration may terminate your assignment at any time. In most cases, this will result in an automatic No Credit for the student teaching and seminar courses.
  • Candidates who receive grades of No Credit in two different semesters of student teaching (that is, in any combination of SED 554/S and SED 555/BL/S) are disqualified from the credential program. 

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