The CWU science education department can work with students having all levels of preparation. With appropriate preparation, students can complete the their secondary or middle level teaching programs within two years upon transfer to CWU.
**In all cases, it is best to contact an advisor even before transferring to CWU to make sure you have the classes you need to minimize time to graduation.
For most secondary science teaching programs you should have completed at least one year (three quarters or two semesters) of the introductory science course for majors in your field. The math requirements depend on the major.
For specific transfer information and recommendations see the science department for your field: Biology, Chemistry, Geology/Earth Science, or Physics and contact the appropriate advisor as soon as possible.
For the General Science Teaching major or General Science Teaching Major - Middle Level Emphasis, you should have completed at least one year (three quarters or two semesters) of the introductory science course for majors in one of the four science areas (biology, chemistry, physics or chemistry). You should also be able to demonstrate mathematical competency equivalent to CWU's MATH 153 either by taking the equivalent course or by testing into CWU's MATH 154.
Students entering with the above courses can typically graduate within three years. If additional courses are completed, it is possible to complete the degree within two years. The specific courses which will shorten time to degree depend on the teaching program you are interested in but the more year-long sequences you complete, the better. Some science teaching programs (Chemistry and Physics) require significant math. For those programs, completing a year-long sequence in calculus will be beneficial. In any case, contact us as early as possible for advising.
To sign up for a secondary science education major, you will meet with an advisor for the program you are interested in (see Advising and Forms), develop a multi-year course schedule, and fill out the major application form.
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