Life Science (7-12) with Teacher Certification

Includes 31 credit hours of relevant content coursework.

The life science major is available only for students seeking teacher certification in life science with a specialization in high school (7-12). All students must complete the Liberal Arts Core in addition to the below listed coursework. In conjunction with your advisor, the degree entails the equivalent of at least 31 credit hours in relevant content coursework.

Pre-Education Requirements: 
EDUC 2320 Learning and Development
EDUC 2330 Foundations of American Education Thought

Courses Taken After Admission to Teacher Certification Program:
Course No. Course Name
EDBI 4304 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDRE 4330 Teaching Content Area Reading Skills 3
EDSP 4302 Survey of Exceptional Children 3
EDSP 4311 Diagnostic & Prescriptive Teaching 3
EDSP 4325 Educating Gifted Learners 3
EDUC 4100 TExES State Certification Exam Preparation Seminar 1
ETEC 4306 Educational Applications of Technology 3
EDUC 4311 Curriculum & Instruction in the Secondary School 3
EDUC 4320 Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers** 3
EDUC 4400 Clinical Teaching Seminar 4
EDUC 4894 Clinical Teaching in the High School Grades with appropriate placement 8
Three additional hours from EDBI, EDRE, EDSP or EDUC 3
Life Science (7-12)
BIOL 2454 General Biology I 4 (LACC*)
BIOL 2455 General Biology II 4
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 3404 Environmental Science 4
BIOL 3414 Microbiology 4
BIOL 3444 Genetics 4
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II 4

*LACC indicates courses that have been taken in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.

**Drawing on the subject-specific training and expertise of our faculty, EDUC 4320 provides subject-specific methods instruction via subject-specific textbooks, instruction, and assignments aligned with subject-specific standards for teacher preparation at the state and national levels. Each assignment and assignment rubric is keyed to state and national subject-specific teacher preparation standards and allows for collaboration, feedback, practice in teaching via lessons in the college classroom and fieldwork in local diverse middle/high schools, and supports subject-specific learning groups. Students enroll in the course section of EDUC 4320 that is specific to their subject.