The Secondary Science program includes educational foundations course work, methods and curriculum courses relevant to their teaching specialty, clinical and student teaching experiences. Students must have completed a baccalaureate degree in the science discipline they wish to teach or have the equivalent in coursework in that science, plus satisfy all state requirements for endorsement in that science field. A list of these requirements may be found below.
Students completing the requirements for an endorsement in biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics may be endorsed in a second of these areas of science by completing a minimum of 18 semester hours in the second endorsement area, provided the coursework specified above for that particular endorsement is included.
The M.A.Ed. in Secondary Science Education program leads to initial certification and is open to, and only to, people who are not already certified. Teaching endorsement in Virginia will include grades 6-12.
This program is supported by having full-time students completing the program according to a set three semester course sequence. Students will begin their coursework in the summer and complete it by the following May.
Students also have important field experiences prior to their student teaching semester. Because these students will be placed in the same school for fall and spring semester, they will be better prepared for their ten week student teaching experience. The seminar that accompanies student teaching will also allow more group discussion and university instructor feedback about their teaching experiences.
Students looking for financial aid options, should check out the School of Education awards, scholarships, and assistantship opportunities. Prospective Math and Science teachers should also consider becoming a Noyce Scholar.
Subject Area Course Requirements for Science Endorsements:
Science Subject Matter Coordinator
[[mwkier, Dr. Meredith Kier]]