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Biology Major with a Secondary Teacher Certification

Students seeking secondary certification in biology must complete a major in biology, including the following course/lab:

BIO 312 Ecology I


BIO 312L Ecology I Laboratory

Certification candidates must also take:

SED 115 Intro to Teaching and Learning
SED 362 Teaching of Sci. in Sec. Schls
SED 421 Content Area Literacy
SED 431 Practicum & Methods II
SED 440 Student Teaching

Additional Certification Requirements

Students seeking teacher certification must also complete a number of additional processed and requirements outlined in the Steps to Pennsylvania Teacher Certification document on the Education Department web page.  Along with other requirements, these include a minimum GPA and the following coursework:

1. Completion of one English composition course.

2. Completion of one English or American literature course.

3. Completion of two college-level mathematics courses.

4. Completion of required Special Education coursework:

SPE 250 Cog Devel of Diverse Learners
SPE 255 Special Ed. Process & Proced.
 

The following course is required for music education majors and may also be required for students transfering credits into any certification program from other institutions:

SPE 258 Instruct & Behav. Strategies
 

5. Completion of one of the following ESL courses:

For early childhood/special education certification: EDU 240 Lang, Diversity, Achiev.: Pk-8

For secondary education certification: EDU 245 Lang, Diversity, Achieve: 7-12

K-12 certification (art, languages, and music) candidates may take either course.