Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, and General Science
The science program is designed for those desiring to become competent secondary school science teachers. The general goal of this program is to enable prospective science teachers to understand theories and best science practices for successful instruction and assessment of secondary school students. Certification for the State of Connecticut to teach secondary grades 7-12 in Science is offered as part of a Master of Science in Education degree.
- The passionate, professional educator is knowledgeable about subject matter.
- The passionate, professional educator is committed to inquiry.
- The passionate, professional educator is responsive to diversity.
- Bachelor’s Degree with at least a B- cumulative GPA.
- Passage of PRAXIS I or a waiver based on an SAT of over 1100 (Prior to March 1995, combined SAT scores of 1000 and after April 1995, combined SAT scores of 1100).
- General education requirements: 39 total semester credits and five of the following six fields: English, Math, Science, Social Science, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language.
- U.S. History course covering at least 50 years.
- Two references attesting to suitability for teaching and ability to do graduate work.
- Personal essay of 350 words addressing reasons for seeking a teaching career and personal attributes that support that aspiration.
- Science subject area major (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics) consisting of either:
- Subject area major awarded in Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Earth science by appropriate institution, OR
- 30 credits in the desired subject plus 9 in subjects related to the chosen subject area
- For Secondary General Science Certification: major consisting of 39 semester hours of credit in science including biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.
The Resident Teaching experience is a full 60 days of teaching in a school under the direction of a trained Cooperating Teacher. The arrangement for the placements are made through the School of Education and are also supervised by University staff.
- Nine credits in foundations: Special Education and Educational Psychology.
- Three credits in Science methods.
- Three credits in Reading and Writing in the Content areas.
- One credit in statutory state requirements.
- Six credits in field experience.
- Appropriate electives to reach 33 credits for the Master’s Degree.
- Final degree option (PRAXIS II or credit-bearing project).
- Resident Teaching (six credits not counting towards the Master’s Degree)