The University of Missouri offers the course “Teach Evolution” (BioSci 4600 / 7002) that combines the content of evolution with pedagogy. The course is offered as a required course for pre-service teachers (BIO SCI 4600 section 2), as well as a course for 3 credits towards a graduate degree (BIO SCI 7002). This course also fulfills the evolution requirement for biology majors.
The course will be a model for transferring evolution education resources into teacher education. The course goals are:
1) Evolution Content Goal: Develop an in-depth understanding of evolution as the central theory of biology.
2) Public Engagement Goal: Understand the social controversy surrounding evolution and be an advocate for evolution teaching.
3) Pedagogy Goal: Become an effective evolution educator.