Secondary Education – Science

Ready to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and inventors? Make it a reality with an M.A.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Secondary Science Education. Our program focuses on integrating theory, research and practice so that in one year, you’ll be ready to step into the classroom with the knowledge, skills and strategies to confidently teach diverse student populations. Get ready to unlock your potential—and that of your students.

This program is designed as a full-time, 12-month (summer, fall, spring) program in which students complete all requirements as a cohort. This model provides for an intense and rewarding experience and creates a strong network of support among students, faculty, cooperating teachers and university supervisors.

Requirements

Graduate students in Secondary Science Education complete a 41-semester hour program that includes educational foundations course work, methods courses in science subject fields, and student teaching experiences. Download the M.A.Ed. Secondary Science Program of Studies (pdf) for course names and sequence.

Prospective math and science teachers should consider becoming a Noyce Scholar.

Field Experiences

In addition to your coursework, you will spend time in real classrooms throughout the program in a diverse range of school settings:

Fall clinical field experience: You’ll be placed in a local school with a cooperating teacher mentor to complete a minimum of 60 hours of observation and interaction. Coursework is linked to the practica experiences, with faculty supporting students as they become immersed in the classroom.

Spring student teaching: Students continue working in the same classroom for their spring student teaching experience. This full-time teaching internship provides an intensive and critical component of your preparation as a teacher.

Licensure Requirements

Students who wish to teach science in public secondary schools must have a state license to do so. Students will choose a science area in which to receive initial licensure: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics. To be eligible for a state license in Virginia in one of the science disciplines, students must have successfully earned a baccalaureate degree, complete a major in one of the four science disciplines or complete the subject area requirements shown below, complete the course requirements of the Secondary Science Education program, and pass all testing requirements. Students who are accepted into the M.A.Ed. program with undergraduate program deficiencies must complete course work to remove these deficiencies before they are eligible for licensure.

First Aid, CPR and AED Training
Students seeking licensure in Virginia will need to complete training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators.  Students will need to provide documentation of completion of this training, which is usually an official card.  Training courses are offered by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.

Subject Area Requirements

Biology - The teacher candidate shall have completed a major in biology or 32 semester hours in biology and at least one course in each of the following areas: genetics, biochemistry/molecular biology, cell biology, botany, zoology, anatomy/physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology and other preparation consistent with the competencies for the endorsement.

Chemistry - The teacher candidate shall have completed a major in chemistry or 32 semester hours in chemistry, including at least one course in each of the following areas: inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry and other preparation consistent with the competencies required for the endorsement.

Earth Science - The teacher candidate shall have completed a major in Earth science, geology, or environmental science with a minimum of 32 semester hours in Earth sciences, including at least one course in each of the following areas: structural geology, petrology, paleontology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy/space science.

Physics - The teacher candidate shall have completed a major in physics or 32 semester hours in physics, including the following coursework: mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics and other preparation consistent with the competencies required for the endorsement.

Assessments
  • Praxis Subject Assessment in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics
  • Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
Science Education Contact

[[mwkier, Meredith Kier]]
Associate Professor
(757) 221-2332

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