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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 2014.  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

This major satisfies the criteria for a teaching endorsement in biology, qualifying students to teach biology at the high school, middle school, and junior high levels. Students should consider seeking endorsement in a second area such as chemistry, broad area science, physics, or mathematics (see minors). Students taking this major are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the education department and demonstrate proficiency through a program portfolio prior to student teaching Students must also pass the WEST-E exam for biology to receive a biology endorsement.

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

BA in Chemistry Teaching

This major satisfies the criteria for a teaching endorsement in chemistry, qualifying students to teach chemistry at the high school, middle school, and junior high levels. Students should consider seeking endorsement in a second area, such as biology, broad area science, physics, or mathematics (see minors). Students taking this major are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the education department and demonstrate proficiency through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. Students must also pass the WEST-E exam for chemistry to receive a chemistry endorsement.

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

BA in Geology with Teaching Endorsement

This major satisfies the criteria for a teaching endorsement in Earth science, qualifying students to teach earth science at the high school, middle school, and junior high school levels. It does not constitute preparation for a career in geology. Students should consider seeking endorsement in a second area, such as biology, chemistry, broad area science, physics or mathematics (see minors). Students taking this major are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the education department and demonstrate proficiency through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. Students must also pass the WEST-E exam for earth science to receive an earth science endorsement.

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

BA in Physics with Teaching Endorsement

This major satisfies the criteria for a teaching endorsement in physics, qualifying students to teach physics at the high school, middle school, and junior high levels. Students should consider seeking endorsement in a second area, such as biology, chemistry, broad area science, or mathematics (see minors). Students taking this major are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the education department and demonstrate proficiency through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. Students must also pass the WEST-E exam for physics to receive a physics endorsement.

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

BS in General Science - Not accepting new students, must complete by 2016

The general science teaching major prepares students to teach multiple sciences or integrated science at the high school, middle school, and junior high levels. It satisfies the criteria for a teaching endorsement in science and one designated discipline of the student’s choosing: biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics. Students taking this major are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the education department and demonstrate proficiency through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. Students must also pass the WEST-E exams for science and their second endorsement area to receive endorsement in both.

List of courses for this majorAdvising 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.

Broad Area Science Teaching Minor

This minor is restricted to students working on a teaching major in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics. Science teaching majors must complete the appropriate courses in the three disciplines that are outside their major. For example, a biology major would need to fulfill the chemistry, geology, and physics requirements. Students must pass the WEST-E exam for science to receive the science endorsement.

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.

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.

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.

Advising for this minor.

Mathematics Teaching Minor

Talk to the mathematics department as soon as possible if you are interested in also pursing endorsement in mathematics.