Life Sciences Education

Life Sciences Education

Certification in Life Sciences Education is for grades 7-12. In addition to completing the General and Liberal Education Core requirements, students in this program complete a major in Biology designed for certification candidates and complete the required education courses listed below.

In addition to the required education courses listed below, students must meet with both the education advisor and their science major advisor to select courses. This dual advising system is critical to ensuring that they are meeting all of the relevant content certification standards within the content major.


M.Ed./Teacher Certification in Life Sciences Education (Grades 7-12)

Required Education Courses

 

Course

Field Hours

Credits

M.Ed. w/Cert

M.Ed. Only

Cert. Only

ED501

Graduate Teacher Education Program Orientation

 

2

X

X

-

ED506

Educational Psychology

 

3

X

X

X

ED505

Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society

 

3

X

X

X

ED510

Design and Management of the Learning Environment

30

3

X

X

X

ED508

Introduction to Assessment

 

3

X

X

X

ED519

Scientific Inquiry and Teaching Methods

15

3

X

X

X

ED509

Understanding and Teaching Exceptional Learners

15

3

X

X

X

ED516

Teaching Literacy across the Curriculum

15

3

X

X

X

ED526

Best Practices in Secondary Contexts

30

3

X

X

X

ED578

Action Research in the Classroom (required for Certification)

 

3

X

X

X

Elective 1- ED/SOE elective *

 

3

X

X

X

Elective 2- ED/SOE elective*

 

3

X

X

X

ED532A

Student Teaching/Seminar for Middle/Secondary Certification

 

3

X

-

X

ED532B

Student Teaching/Seminar for Middle/Secondary Certification

 

3

X

-

X

ED574

Student Teaching Seminar (to be taken with ED532 A&B)

 

1

X

-

X

ED585

Student Research Capstone

 

1

-

X

-

 

Total Credits

 

 

42

36

40

 

Total field hours prior to student teaching 105 hours
ED487 Secondary Student Teaching Seminar 
ED492 Student Teaching 16 weeks

Specific Testing for Certification 
• Basic Academic Skills Assessment (BASA) and Subject Area Testing in Life Science

Biology Education Track
BI101-102  Biology I and II (laboratory) (counts toward GLE core) 8 credits 
BI211   Genetics (laboratory) 4 credits 
BI319   Cellular Biology (laboratory) 4 credits or
BI325   Microbiology (laboratory) 4 credits 
BI215   Biology and Health Sciences Seminar 3 credits 
BI218   Ecology or 4 credits 
BI241   Evolutionary Biology (laboratory) 4 credits 
CH101   General Chemistry I (laboratory) 4 credits 
CH102   General Chemistry II (laboratory) 4 credits 
Two semesters of Math at the MT151 level or above 6-8 credits 
(First semester counts as core requirement, second semester counts towards major) 
BI460   Internship in Biology or 
BI480   Senior Seminar in Biology/Health Sciences or 
BI481   Invited Senior Research 3 credits 

Note: Students wishing to complete the Secondary Teacher Certification may substitute ED487 Secondary Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit), and ED492 Secondary Student Teaching (14 credits), for Biology Seminar and Biology Thesis. 

 

Recommended Curriculum Guide – Life Sciences

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED105

Educational Psychology

3

ED112

Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

MT151 or MT260

GLE Mathematics Elective

3

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

3

______

GLE Social Science

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Humanities 

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15


Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED224

Design and Management of the Learning Environment

3

ED350

Teaching Literacy Across the curriculum

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

GLE Natural Science

4

______

GLE Natural Science

4

______

GLE Social Science

3

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

 

 Total

16

 

 Total

16

Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED308

Introduction to Assessment

3

ED312

Understanding and Teaching Exceptional Learners

3

______

Primary Major

3

ED314

Scientific Inquiry and Teaching Methods

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

GLE Art and Design

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

GLE Humanities

3

______

GLE Art and Design

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED360

Best Practices in a Secondary Context

3

ED492

Secondary Student Teaching

14

______

Primary Major

3

ED487

Secondary Student Teaching Seminar

1

______

Primary Major

3

 

 

 

______

GLE Humanities

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

12

 

Total Credits:

120