In the last five years the State of Illinois radically changed its Science certification programs. This change resulted in the creation of a new certification in Earth and Space Science. To meet the requirements of this new program, the SIUE Department of Physics and Office of Science and Mathematics Education created a new course entitled "Instructional Techniques in Astronomy". Required for all students seeking Earth and Space Science certification, it is also ideal for meeting the needs of in-service teachers, who need additional astronomy courses to become "well-qualified". This paper reports on this unique course, which combines content and pedagogy along with both teacher-participant and instructor views on the effectiveness of this new course.


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