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5E Instructional Model

The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: An Inquiry-Based Method of Instruction

Course Description

This course offers a specific model of inquiry instruction called the 5E model.  Included in the course is a description of each of the phases of the 5E model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) as well as how to implement each phase in the classroom.  Although originally designed for a science classroom, the 5E model can be applied to any content.  By incorporating this model, educators provide more inquiry in their instruction allowing students to make their own discoveries and therefore improve their learning.

This is an online course.  Upon registration, your course materials will be emailed to you.

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Course Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Students will learn and explain each phase of the BSCS 5E instructional model.
  • Students will be able to apply all five phases of the BSCS 5E instructional model to engage learners in lessons and the curriculum.
  • Students will design more inquiry-based lessons using the 5E instructional model.
  • Students will develop skills to reflect on & improve their own teaching practices.


Relevancy to Practice: This course provides educators with the following relevant information to help improve their practice:

  • Incorporating inquiry in the classroom by applying the 5E Model within a unit.
  • Understanding and implementing each phase of the 5E Model—Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.
  • Designing inquiry-based lessons that allow students to explore and discover new understandings and make their own conclusions.
  • Creating teachable moments within lessons to engage students with the content and promote their curiosity.
  • Giving students opportunities to explore the content with hands-on activities.
  • Guiding and supporting students to make their own discoveries and conclusions about the content.
  • Exploring how the 5E model can fit into a variety of different content areas in the classroom.
  • Understanding the philosophy of constructivism and adapting parts of that philosophy into your own teaching.


Course Assignments

  1. Teaching Philosophy Reflection
  2. 5E Model Reflection
  3. Final Reflection on 5E Instructional Model

Course Format 

This is an online course. Please use course materials emailed to you upon your original registration.

No-Risk Guarantee: You can cancel a course registration within 30-days and receive a 100% refund, no questions asked.

Registration Now Open: Register now and receive your course materials within 24 hours.  Course materials are due within 6 months of registering for the course.


Starting at $189.00



Graduate Credits

*Pricing may not include University Fees. Select option to include fees.

University Fee

Course fee may or may not include the university’s registration fee depending on the university partner. University fees are not included in the registration fee for Adam’s State University and University of Massachusetts Global. 

Those additional fees are:
University of Massachusetts Global: $70/credit
Adam’s State University: $55/credit  

Instructions for how to register with your selected University Partner and pay additional fees will be provided after registering with Credits for Teachers.

University fees for Colorado State University Pueblo are included in the course fees. 

Please note that we cannot grant refunds for students who have already turned in work for a course, even if it is within the 30-day window.

Refunds Policy

Students are able to request a full refund of any Credits for Teachers course within 30 days of registration.  In order to do so, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name and the course you registered for and we will complete the refund.

Exchange Policy

Students are able to exchange one course for another within 30 days of registration as long as the course price is the same and the student does not change the university Partner.  In order to exchange a course, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name, course you have registered for and the course you would like to switch to.

Please note that we cannot exchange a course once for students who have already submitted their course for grading, even if it is within the 30-day window.

Transfer Policy

Students that would like to transfer their course from one university partner to another may have the opportunity to do so within the first 30 days of registering for a course.  In order to transfer your course to a different University Partner, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name, the course you are currently registered for and the new University Partner you’d like to switch to.

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