SMART Science Content Guides for Educator Certification
SMART Science Content Guides are designed to help you prepare for teacher certification tests by providing you with up-to-date reviews of key science topics. The guides are organized by science topics; each provides an overview of specific science concepts and skills related to a general content category.
Please consult the Texas Education Agency for up to date information about certification requirements. https://tea.texas.gov/
SMART Science Content Guide
Click on a science Competency to view Key Concepts and related online resources.
Characteristics of the Solar System and the Universe
The universe is defined as everything that exists. It includes all matter found in galaxies and in intergalactic space, from atomic particles to galaxies. This competency covers Celestial Objects, Earth-Moon-Sun, Solar Systems, Stars and Galaxies, and the Origin of the Universe.
Chemical Properties of and Changes in Matter
The teacher understands chemical properties of and changes in matter.
Cycles in Earth Systems
The teacher understands cycles in earth systems.
Energy and Interactions between Matter and Energy
The teacher understands energy and interactions between matter and energy.
Energy Transformations and Conservation of Matter and Energy
The teacher understands energy transformations and the conservation of matter and energy.
Forces and Motion and their Relationships
The teacher understands forces and motion and their relationships.
Physical Properties of and Changes in Matter
The teacher understands physical properties of and changes in matter.
Regulatory Mechanisms and Behavior
The teacher understands regulatory mechanisms and behavior.
Relationships Between Organisms and the Environment
The teacher understands the relationships between organisms and the environment.
Structure and Function of Living Things
The teacher understands the structure and function of living things.
The Role of Energy in Weather and Climate
The teacher understands the role of energy in weather and climate.
The Structure and Function of Earth Systems
The teacher understands the structure and function of earth systems.
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SMART Content Guides were developed by the Center for Educational Outreach at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and funded by the Houston Independent School District (HISD) through grant number U350AD0035, Science and Mathematics Alternative Route to Teaching (SMART), from the US Department of Education. The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in the Guides are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of BCM, HISD, the Texas Education Agency or the US Department of Education.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute; National Center for Research Resources (NIH);
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH);
National Science Foundation.