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Science Education

Secondary (High School)

Science teachers are in high demand in Washington State and across the country. Our graduates enjoy fulfilling careers, with many employment options. Science teachers get to share their love of science and make a difference in their community.

Secondary science teachers receive certification to teach grades 5-12, but most teach at the high school level, grades 9-12.  Students specifically interested in middle level (4-9) should consider the Middle Level Science Teaching MajorEach major and minor program is described below. Visit the advising and forms page for more detailed advising information and major and minor forms.  For all programs, you should visit with the appropriate advisor as soon as possible.  The most current program requirements and course descriptions are available on the online course catalog.

**All programs described here begin Fall 2015.  For earlier catalog years, visit the online course catalog or contact your advisor.


MAJORS

Our endorsable major programs in secondary or middle level science:

 

BS in Biology Teaching Specialization

This major satisfies the criteria for an endorsement in biology and qualifies students to teach biology at the high school, middle school, or junior high levels. Students should consider working toward endorsement in a second area such as chemistry, Earth science, physics, middle-level science, or middle-level mathematics. Students taking this major are required to apply to the Teacher Certification Program and complete the Professional Education Program requirements offered through the Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum, with the exception of EFC 416 and EFC 350 (39 total credits required). Students completing this program are required to demonstrate knowledge, skill, and disposition proficiency through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. Students must pass the WEST-E exam for biology to receive a biology endorsement.

Students consult with the appropriate biology advisor for approval of their BS program and electives, which must be submitted for approval to the biological sciences department at least one academic year preceding graduation. All students in the BS biology major must complete all BS core requirements, plus additional specific requirements. Additionally, students will need to choose a specified number of courses from different groupings of upper-division courses. A maximum of 15 credits in BIOL 295, BIOL 490, BIOL 495, and BIOL 496 may be included in the major. CHEM 181 has a prerequisite of high school chemistry and qualification for MATH 153. BIOL 181 has a pre or co-requisite of CHEM 181.

List of courses for this major.  Advising for this major.

BA in Chemistry Teaching

This major partially satisfies the criteria for a teaching endorsement in Chemistry (5-12), qualifying students to teach Chemistry at the high school, middle, or junior high levels. Students who successfully complete the Chemistry BA and STEM Teaching Program (an alternative to the Professional Education Program) are eligible to apply for Washington State teacher certification. Teacher certification candidates must receive a C grade or higher in all major and STEM Teaching Program courses, have a GPA of at least 3.0 for either the last 45 graded quarter credits or overall CWU/transfer cumulative, and meet all Washington State teacher certification requirements. See the chemistry teaching advisor as soon as possible to develop a course of study.

List of courses for this major.  Advising for this major.

BA in Geology with Teaching Endorsement

This major partially satisfies the criteria for a teaching endorsement in Earth Science (5-12), qualifying students to teach Earth science at the high school, middle, or junior high levels. Students who successfully complete the Geology BA and STEM Teaching Program Minor (an alternative to the Professional Education Program) are eligible to apply for Washington State teacher certification. Teacher certification candidates must receive a C grade or higher in all major and STEM Teaching Program courses, have a GPA of at least 3.0 for either the last 45 graded quarter credits or overall CWU/transfer cumulative, and meet all Washington State teacher certification requirements. See the geology/Earth science teaching advisor as soon as possible to develop a course of study.

(NOTE: Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single world language.)

List of courses for this major.  Advising for this major.

BA in Physics with Teaching Endorsement

This major partially satisfies the criteria for a teaching endorsement in Physics (5-12), qualifying students to teach physics at the high school, middle, or junior high levels. Students who successfully complete the Physics BA and STEM Teaching Program Minor (an alternative to the Professional Education Program) are eligible to apply for Washington State teacher certification. Teacher certification candidates must receive a C grade or higher in all major and STEM Teaching Program courses, have a GPA of at least 3.0 for either the last 45 graded quarter credits or overall CWU/transfer cumulative, and meet all Washington State teacher certification requirements. See the physics teaching advisor as soon as possible to develop a course of study.

List of courses for this major.  Advising for this major.

 


MINORS

Science teaching majors have a number of endorsable minors to choose from. The most commonly chosen minors are listed below. Meet with an advisor as soon as possible to choose the best minor for your major program and career goals.

STEM Teaching Program Minor

The STEM Teaching Program prepares students to teach science or mathematics at the middle school, junior high, or high school levels. To take the STEM Teaching Program, students must also be enrolled in one of the approved majors listed below.  To qualify for the Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate, students must, in addition to successfully completing the STEM Teaching Program and their approved major degree, demonstrate proficiency in student learning outcomes through a program portfolio and pass the NES exam and the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) in their endorsement area.  Certification eligibility is monitored by the Teacher Certification Office in the School of Education.  See the STEM Teaching Program advisor as soon as possible for more information and to develop a course of study.

List of courses for this minor.  Advising for this minor.

Biology Teaching Minor

This minor is restricted to students working on a teaching major in chemistry, geology, or physics. Students must pass the WEST-E exam for biology to receive the biology endorsement.

List of courses for this minor. Advising for this minor.

Chemistry Teaching Minor

This minor is restricted to students working on a teaching major in biology, geology, or physics. Students must pass the WEST-E exam for chemistry to receive the chemistry endorsement.

List of courses for this minor. Advising for this minor.

Physics Minor

This minor is restricted to students working on a teaching major in biology, chemistry, or geology. Students must pass the WEST-E exam for physics to receive the physics endorsement.

List of courses for this minor. Advising for this minor.

 

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