Biology - Secondary Certification

 

The Department of Biological Sciences, in conjunction with the College of Education and Human Services, offers a curriculum for certification in Secondary Education in Kentucky.  Students must follow the prescribed curriculum in the Biological Sciences and Education.   Students must apply for admission to Teacher Education and, admission to Student Teaching through Teacher Education Services.  Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 in the major and successfully complete the CASE in order to qualify for Admission to Teacher Education.  Information about other requirements for admission is provided by Teacher Education Services. The courses in the curriculum are designed specifically to prepare students for teaching and successful completion of the PRAXIS II exam.  Students usually take the PRAXIS exam in their final degree-year.  Information regarding the exam requirements and when it is offered can be obtained from Teacher Education Services.

 

Suggested Curriculum Outline, BS in Biology/Secondary Certification


  

Fall Year 1   Spring Year 1  
BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life
3
BIO 216 Biological Inquiry and Analysis
4
MAT 150 Algebra & Trigonometry
5
PHY 130/131 General Physics I with lab
4
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry
3
EDP 260 Psychology of Human Development
3
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking
3
EDU 103 Issues and Practices of American
3
BIO 100T Transitions 1    
Total
15
Total
14
       
Fall Year 2   Spring Year 2  
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function or   BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form and Function or  
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function
4
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function
4
PHY 132/133 General Physics II with Lab
4
CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
5
CHE 201 General College Chemistry
5
CIV 201/202 World Civilizations & Cultures I or II 3
EDU 303 Strategies of Teaching
3
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition
3
Total
16
Total
15
             
Fall Year 3   Spring Year 3  
BIO 300 Introduction to Microbiology
4
BIO 333 Genetics
4
BIO 330 Ecology
4
BIO 483 Undergraduate Teaching Methods I (recommended)
3
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I w/lab
5
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II
3
Social & Self-Awareness Elective (BIO 308 recommended)
3
SED 300 Exceptional Children in the Classroom
3
Total
16
Total
13
       
Fall Year 4   Spring Year 4  
BIO 322 Animal Physiology
4
BIO 320 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
5
XXX XXX Global Awareness Elective
3
BIO 499 Senior Seminar
1
EDU 403 Structures & Foundations of Education
2
CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry
3
EDU 405 Evaluation & Measurement in Education
2
SEC 422 Extended Practicum
4
SEC 420 Practicum, Secondary School
2
   
EDU 405 and SEC 420 must be taken concurrently      
Total
13
Total
13
       
Fall Year 5      
SEC 421 Student Teaching in Secondary School
14
   
Total
14
   


NOTE: All secondary education in biology majors must have an education advisor and a biology secondary education advisor. Your education advisor will inform you of the education requirements that you must complete to gain admittance to the secondary education program and to become certified.

 

For More Information Please Contact:

Department of Biological Science

Murray State University
2112 Biology Building
Murray, KY 42071-3346
Telephone: (270) 809-2786
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