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2023-2024 University Catalog

Secondary Education & Teaching, Biology Concentration, Certification in Grades 6-12, B.S.


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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for BS Secondary Education (Certification in Grades 6-12)

Aligned with Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC)

1

The secondary teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teachers and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content. (InTASC Standard 4: Content Knowledge)

2

The secondary teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues. (InTASC Standard 5: Application of Content)

3

The secondary teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context. (InTASC Standard 7: Planning for Instruction)

4

The secondary teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. (InTASC Standard 8: Instructional Strategies)

5

The secondary teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner. (InTASC Standard 9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice)

Requirements for Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education

Certification in Grades 6 - 12

The curricula in secondary education have five components:

  1. general education,
  2. focus area(s),
  3. knowledge of the learner and the learning environment,
  4. methodology and teaching, and
  5. special education.

Secondary Teaching (Grades 6 - 12) certification are as offered include:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Earth Science
  4. English
  5. Math
  6. Social Studies

NOTE: CHEM 1001  AND URBN 1000  are not acceptable General Degree Requirements for a Secondary Education degree. Courses can be used for free electives only. Not all Secondary Education Programs have free electives.

General Education Requirements


2

Humanities


  • Humanities Electives Credits: 6
  • ENGL Literature Credits: 3

Social Sciences


  • Social Sciences Credits: 6

Arts


  • Arts elective Credits: 3

Total Credit Hours: 39


Total Credit Hours: 47


Total Credit Hours: 36


Total Credit Hours Required: 122


  1. “C” or better required
  2. Refer to the following sections in the University Catalog for specific courses and university regulations to fulfill General Education Requirements. Catalog sections: General Education Core Requirements and General Education Course Menu.

NOTE: CHEM 1001  AND URBN 1000  are not acceptable General Degree Requirements for a Secondary Education degree. Courses can be used for free electives only. Not all Secondary Education Programs have free electives.

Non-Coursework


Passing scores on appropriate PRAXIS Exams

Minimum grade of “C” and a 2.5 GPA in all courses for certification content area

Minimum GPA of 2.5 for all undergraduate coursework

Four Year Plan of Study


The BS in Secondary Education and Teaching major offers an opportunity to earn a concentration in Biology Certification Grades 6 - 12.

 

Understanding Your Degree Program of Study 

 

Four Year Plan of Study Key

GE - General education

M - Major coursework

O - Other coursework

FE - Free electives

RE - Restricted electives

UR - University requirements

CR - College requirements

Program requirements - Some degree programs offer an opportunity to complete a Concentration (C) within the major. Some degree programs require that a Concentration (C) or an Option (OP) be completed as a part of the major.

First Year of Enrollment


First Year

Code

Course

Credit Hours

GE

ENGL 1157 English Composition

3

GE

ENGL 1158 OR ENGL 1159 English Composition

(C grade or higher required.)

3

GE-RE

Mathematics - See General Education Menu

Recommended: MATH 1125+1

3

GE-RE

Mathematics - See General Education Menu

Recommended: MATH 1126+1

3

GE-RE

Science - Biology2 - See General Education Menu

Recommended: BIOS 1083 Biology I1

3

O

BIOS 1083 Biology I Lab

1

GE-RE

Humanities - See General Education Menu

3

GE-RE

Social Science - See General Education Menu 3

3

GE-RE

 Fine Arts - See General Education Menu

3

O

EDUC 2100 Children and Adolescent Development

3

O

EDCI 2204 Introduction to Secondary Education

3

O-UR

UNIV 1001 University Success

(Required for all first-time full-time students.)

1

Total hours - Year One: 32

Non-Coursework degree requirements:

Passing scores on appropriate PRAXIS Exams

Minimum grade of “C” and a 2.5 GPA in all courses for certification content area

Minimum GPA of 2.5 for all undergraduate coursework

 

  1. General Education note: The General Education requirement may be met by completing other courses on the Gen Ed menu; however, Recommended courses must be completed to meet degree requirements if not completed as general education requirements and may be prerequisites for other required courses in the degree program. 
  2. The 9-hour General Education Science requirement includes a 6-hour sequence in one science selected from BIOS, CHEM, EES, and PHYS. 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be BIOS. 
  3. CHEM 1001 AND URBN 1000 are not acceptable General Degree Requirements for a Secondary Education degree. Courses can be used for free electives only. Not all Secondary Education Programs have free electives.

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Second Year of Enrollment


Second Year

Code

Course

Credit Hours

GE-RE

Humanities - See General Education Menu

3

GE-RE

Humanities - Literature - See General Education Menu

3

GE-RE

Science - Biology or Physical Science2 - See General Education Menu 3

Recommended: BIOS 1073 Biology II1

3

O

BIOS 1071 Biology II Lab

1

GE-RE

Science - Physical Science2 - See General Education Menu 3

Recommended: CHEM 1017 General Chemistry I1

3

O

CHEM 1007 General Chemistry Lab

1

O

CHEM 1018 General Chemistry II

3

O

CHEM 1008 General Chemistry II Lab

1

O

BIOS 2014 Population, Genetics, Evolution & Ecology

4

O-RE

EES 1000 Dynamic Earth OR

 EES 1002 Intro to Environmental Sci

3

O

EDHS 1110 Personal Health and Wellness

3

O

EDSP 3612 Intro to SPED Prin, Procedures & Pract

3

O

EDUC 2206 Intro to Technology in the Classroom

3

Total Hours - Year Two: 34

Non-Coursework degree requirements:

Passing scores on appropriate PRAXIS Exams

Minimum grade of “C” and a 2.5 GPA in all courses for certification content area

Minimum GPA of 2.5 for all undergraduate coursework

 

  1. General Education note: The General Education requirement may be met by completing other courses on the Gen Ed menu; however, Recommended courses must be completed to meet degree requirements if not completed as general education requirements and may be prerequisites for other required courses in the degree program. 
  2. The 9-hour General Education Science requirement includes a 6-hour sequence in one science selected from BIOS, CHEM, EES, and PHYS. 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be BIOS. 
  3. CHEM 1001 AND URBN 1000 are not acceptable General Degree Requirements for a Secondary Education degree. Courses can be used for free electives only. Not all Secondary Education Programs have free electives.

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Third Year of Enrollment


Year Three

Code

Course

Credit Hours

GE-RE

Social Science - See General Education Menu 3

3

O

BIOS 2114 Cell and Molecular Biology

4

O

BIOS 2743 Microbiology & Human Disease

3

O

BIOS 2741 Microbiology & Human Disease Lab

1

O

BIOS 3653 General Ecology

3

O

BIOS 3854 General Botany

4

O

PHYS 1031 General Physics I

3

M

EDCI 3310 Developmentally Responsive C&I for Adoles

3

M

EDCI 4250 Mat & Meth in Secondary Science

3

M

EDCI 4425 Mat & Meth for Teaching Eng as Sec Lang

3

M

EDUC 3110 Behavior Support & Class Management

3

 

 

 

Total hours - Year Three: 33

Non-Coursework degree requirements:

Passing scores on appropriate PRAXIS Exams

Minimum grade of “C” and a 2.5 GPA in all courses for certification content area

Minimum GPA of 2.5 for all undergraduate coursework

  1. General Education note: The General Education requirement may be met by completing other courses on the Gen Ed menu; however, Recommended courses must be completed to meet degree requirements if not completed as general education requirements and may be prerequisites for other required courses in the degree program. 
  2. The 9-hour General Education Science requirement includes a 6-hour sequence in one science selected from BIOS, CHEM, EES, and PHYS. 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be BIOS. 
  3. CHEM 1001 AND URBN 1000 are not acceptable General Degree Requirements for a Secondary Education degree. Courses can be used for free electives only. Not all Secondary Education Programs have free electives.

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Fourth Year of Enrollment


Year Four

Code

Course

Credit Hours

M

EDCI 4432 Teaching Reading in the Content Area

3

M

EDCI 4620 Multicultural Education

3

M

EDUC 4921 Residency I

6

M

EDUC 4922 Residency II

9

M

EDUC 4000 Meeting the Needs of all Learners

3

Year Four - Total Hours: 24

Non-Coursework degree requirements:

Passing scores on appropriate PRAXIS Exams

Minimum grade of “C” and a 2.5 GPA in all courses for certification content area

Minimum GPA of 2.5 for all undergraduate coursework

Total degree hours: 122 - 123

  1. General Education note: The General Education requirement may be met by completing other courses on the Gen Ed menu; however, Recommended courses must be completed to meet degree requirements if not completed as general education requirements and may be prerequisites for other required courses in the degree program. 
  2. The 9-hour General Education Science requirement includes a 6-hour sequence in one science selected from BIOS, CHEM, EES, and PHYS. 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be BIOS. 
  3. CHEM 1001 AND URBN 1000 are not acceptable General Degree Requirements for a Secondary Education degree. Courses can be used for free electives only. Not all Secondary Education Programs have free electives.

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Total Credit Hours Required: 122


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