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General Science Secondary Education Certification

This POE applies to current students through the Class of 2013

Department: Physics

Requirements for Program of Emphasis in General Science Education

This POE accurately reflects the requirements for General Science certification with the Education courses added and represents the required courses to meet PDE secondary certification guidelines.

Biology (7 credit hours)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
BI 105 Biological Diversity & Ecology 3 Corequisite BI 121 N
BI 106 Functions of Cells & Organisms 3 BI 105 & CH 105 N
BI 121 Biology Lab I 1 Corequisite BI 105 N QS
Chemistry (8 credit hours)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
CH 105 Organic Chemistry Concepts I 3 N
CH 116 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 Prerequisite CH 105 N QS
and either a) or b)
a) CH 106 Organic Chemistry Concepts II 3 CH 105, minimum grade C N
CH 118 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 corequisite CH 106 N QS
b) CH 114 Intro. Physical Inorganic Chemistry I 4 CH 105 & CH 116 N QS
Physics (6 or 7 credit hours)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
PC 120 Astronomy I 3 N
and either a) or b)
a) PC 125 Musical Acoustics 4 FN
b) PC 200 General Physics I 3 Corequisite PC 206 N QM
PC 206 Physics Laboratory I 1 Corequisite PC 200 or PC 202 N
Geology (11-12 credit hours)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
EES 100 Introduction to Earth & Environmental Science 4
EES 110 Introduction to Physical Geology 3   N
EES 111 Physical Geology Lab 1 EES 110 N
and either a), b) or c)
a) EES 120 Death & Destruction by Nature 3   N
b) EES 130 Oceanography 3 N
c) EES 210 Historical Geology 3 EES 110 N
EES 211 Historical Geology Lab 1 EES 110, corequisite EES 210 N
Mathematics (6 credit hours)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
MA 100 Precalculus 3 High school algebra or trig. N QM
MA 103 Quantitative Methods 3 High school algebra Q
Note: Higher level courses (such as MA 130, Calculus I) may also satisfy this category.
Collateral Courses (12 - 15 credit hours)

At least four additional courses must be taken in Biology/Chemistry/Physics and/or Environmental Science, two of these courses (3-4 credits each) must be at the 300 level or above. These may all be in one subject area or any combination of the sciences the student wishes.

Required Education Courses = 39 credit hours (26 upper level)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
ED 110 Foundations of Education 3 corequisite ED 111 S
ED 111* Foundations of Education Field Experience 1 corequisite ED 110 S
ED 130 Adolescent Development 3 S
ED 201 Educational Technology 3 ED 110 & ED 111 and ED 120 & ED 121 or ED 130 S
ED 240 Introduction to Students with Exceptionalities 3 ED 110 & ED 111 and ED 120 & ED 121or ED 130 S
ED 314 English Language Learners 1   S  
ED 315 English Language Learners Practicum 1 ED 314 S  
ED 341* Adaptations for Students with Exceptionalities 4 ED 110, ED 111 & ED 240 S CW
ED 420* Secondary Methods 4 ED 341 and permission S CW
ED 421 Secondary Science & Math Methods 1 corequisite ED 420 S  
ED 450** Student Teaching 14 ED 420, senior standing & permission, corequisite ED 451 S
ED 451 Student Teaching Seminar 1 corequisite ED 450 S

*There are field experiences in these courses. Students should take only one of these courses per semester. Allow a two-hour block of time for scheduled field experience twice a week.

**ED 450 & 451 (Student Teaching and Seminar) may be taken only in the FALL semester of the senior year. Secondary Foreign Language Education majors take ED 450 & 451 in the SPRING semester. ED 450 requires students’ full-time participation and no other courses may be taken during this semester without the education advisors' approval. Students must have reliable transportation.

NOTE: It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors to meet all current certification requirements. All students are required to take six credits of English composition (or equivalent) and literature (or the equivalent) and two college level mathematics courses (or the equivalent) prior to being admitted to a certification program. See Section I of the Education Department Student Handbook for explanation of all certification requirements.

Total Credits = 94-99

Possible schedule for completing the POE

Class Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Freshman PC 189 1 PC 203 & PC 207 4
  PC 202 & PC 206 or PC 204 4 MA 130 4
  CWS 4 ED 110 & ED 111 4
  IA 1 English literature course 3
  ED 130 3    
    13   15
Sophomore PC 289 1 PC 209 3
  PC 300 5 ED 341 4
  MA 235 4 ED 314 1
  ED 240 3 F, I, H or CA or IC 3 or 4
  F, I, H or CA or IC 3 or 4 F, I, H or CA or IC 3 or 4
    16 - 17   14 - 16
Junior PC 389 1 PC 321 3
  PC 320 3 ED 420 4
  ED 201 3 ED 421 1
  CH 114 4 CH 115 4
  F, I, H or CA or IC 3 or 4 F, I, H or CA or IC 3 or 4
    14 - 15   15 - 16
Senior ED 450 14 Upper Physics elective 3 or 4
  ED 451 1 Upper Physics elective 3 or 3
  ED 315 1 F, I, H or CA or IC 3 or 4
      F, I, H or CA or IC 3 or 4
    16   12 - 16

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