Secondary Education (Science)

Become a science teacher in just one year

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:

  • An undergraduate major in Biology (a minimum of 37 hours as defined by the Biology Department). In meeting the major requirements, students must minimally include instruction in botany, zoology, ecology, physiology, evolution, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, and human biology.
  •   One inorganic chemistry course with lab (4); one organic chemistry course with lab (4); and a course in physics (4).
  • At least one calculus course.
  • An undergraduate major in Chemistry (a minimum of 38 semester hours). In meeting major requirements students must minimally include instruction in inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry and biochemistry.
  • A minimum of 16 hours in non-chemistry sciences, including at least one biology and one physics course.
  • At least one course in calculus.
Earth Science
  • An undergraduate major in Geology or Environmental Science (a minimum of 36 semester hours). A student must minimally include instruction in astronomy, meteorology, oceanography and natural resources.
  • A minimum of 16 hours in non-geology sciences including at least one biology, one chemistry and one physics course.
  • At least one course in calculus.
  • An undergraduate major in Physics (a minimum of 32 semester hours). In fulfilling the physics major requirements, students must include the study of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, heat and thermodynamics, waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, radiation and radioactivity, relativity, and quantum mechanics.
  • A minimum of 16 hours in non-physics sciences, including at least a course in biology and a course in chemistry.
  • At least one course in calculus and introductory differential equations

Science Subject Matter Coordinator

[[mwkier, Dr. Meredith Kier]]