Science Education Programs

Life Science Teacher Certification Program(1)

 

Sample Academic Course Outline for Secondary Teaching Certification in Unified Science with Emphasis in Biology2

 

University of Missouri-St. Louis
College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education
Department of Biology and Division of Teaching and Learning

Freshman Year Fall Semester
Course Title
Dept. Course #
Credits
Requirements3
Introductory Biology I
Biology 1811
5
BIO/DESE
Intro. Chemistry I
Chemistry 1111
5
BIO/DESE
College Algebra
or Contemporary Math
Mathematics 1030
Mathematics 1020
3
BIO
Humanities Course
Elective
3
UR/DESE
Total Hours:
16
 

 

Freshman Year Spring Semester
Course Title
Dept. Course #
Credits
Requirements
Introductory Biology II
Biology 1821
5
BIO/DESE
Intro. Chemistry II
Chemistry 1121
5
BIO/DESE
Freshman Composition
English 1100
3
UR/DESE
General Psychology
Psychology 1003
3
DESE
Total Hours:
16
 

 

Sophomore Year Fall Semester
Course Title
Dept.Course Number
Credits
Requirements
Vertebrate Physiology
Biology 3802
3
DESE
Vertebrate Physiology Lab4
Biology 3803
2
DESE
Struc. Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 2612
3
BIO
General Ecology5
or General Ecology Lab
or Environmental Biology
or Conservation Biology
or Urban Ecology
or Urban Ecology
Biology 2102
Biology 2103
Biology 1202
Biology 3202
Honors 2050
Honors 2051
5
DESE
Basic Prob. & Statistics
or Psychological Statistics
or Educational Statistics
or Biometry
Mathematics 1105 
Psychology 2201
Ed. REM 5730
Biology 4122
3
BIO
Total Hours:
16
 

 

Sophomore Year Spring Semester
Course Title
Dept. Course #
Credits
Requirements
Foundations of Teaching
in American Schools 
or Foundations of Ed.
Tch. Ed. 2209
Tch. Ed. 5311
3
4
COE/DESE
American Civilization
History 1001
or History 1002
3
UR/DESE
Writing in the Sciences
or Technical Writing 
or Writing for Teachers
English 3160 
English 3130
Sec. Ed. 4880
3
UR/BIO
Humanities Course
Elective
3
UR/DESE
Cell Structure & Function
or Biochemistry
Biology 3622
Biology 4712
3
BIO/DESE
Minimum Total Hours:
15
 

 

Junior Year Summer Semester
Course Title
Dept. Course #
Credits
Requirements
General Geology 
or Historical Geology
Geology 1001 
Geology 1002
4
DESE/Unified Science
Elementary Meteorology
Atmospheric Sci. 1001
4
DESE/Unified Science
Total Hours:
8
 

 

Junior Year Fall Semester
Course Title
Dept. Course #
Credits
Requirements
Philosophy of Science
or Topics in Phil. of Sci. 
or Seminar in Phil. of Sci.
Philosophy 3380
Philosophy 4480
Philosophy 5580
3
BIO/DESE
Genetics
Biology 2012
3
COE
Genetics Lab
Biology 2013
2
BIO/DESE
Biology of Plants & Lab
Biology 2501
5
DESE
Basic Physics
Physics 1011
4
BIO/DESE
Total Hours:
17
 

 

Junior Year Spring Semester
Course Title
Dept. Course #
Credits
Requirements
Intro. to Learners & Learning
or Learning & Development in Ed. Environments
Tch. Ed. 2212
Ed. Psy. 6109
3
4
COE
Psychology of Teaching and Learning
or Learning & Development in Ed. Environments
Tch. Ed. 3312
Ed. Psy. 6109
3
4
COE
Intro. to Instructional Methods
or Designing Instruction
Tch. Ed. 3310
Tch. Ed. 5310
3
COE/DESE
Microbiology
Biology 2482
3
BIO/DESE
Microbiology Lab
Biology 2483
2
BIO/DESE
Intro. to Public Speaking
Comm. 1040
3
BIO/COE/DESE
Minimum Total Hours:
17
 

 

Senior Year Summer Semester
Course Title
Dept. Course #
Credits
Requirements
Teaching Reading in Sec. School Content Areas
or Differentiated Instruction
Tch. Ed. 4391
Tch. Ed. 5312
3
4
COE/DESE
Intro. to Learners with Disabilities and Inclusive Ed.
or Differentiated Instruction
Tch. Ed. 3313
Tch. Ed. 5312
3
4
COE/DESE
Basic Physics
Physics 1012
4
BIO/DESE
Total Hours:
10
 

 

Senior Year Fall Semester
Course Title
Dept. Course #
Credits
Requirements
Intro. to Evolution
Biology 3302
3
BIO/DESE
Animal Behavior
Biology 3102
3
Recommended
Animal Behavior Lab
Biology 3103
2
Recommended
Intro. to American Pol.
Pol. Sci. 1100
3
COE/DESE
Curr. & Methods of Teaching Life Sciences
Biology 4985
or Sec. Ed. 4985
4
BIO/COE/DESE
Sec. Ed. Professional Internship 
Sec. Ed. 4989
3
BIO/COE
Fundamentals of Acting
or Advanced Public Speaking
Theatre 1210
Comm. 1140
3
G/COE
Minimum Total Hours:
16
 

 

Senior Year Spring Semester
Course Title
Dept. Course #
Credits
Requirements
Sec. Sch. Student Teaching*
Sec. Ed. 4990
12
COE/DESE
Science Teaching Intern Seminar
Sec. Ed. 4999
or Biology 4999
3
BIO/COE
Minimum Total Hours:
15
 

*Course requirements must be completed prior to student teaching. Student teaching interns should not take courses, other than Seminar 4999, or work during the student teaching experience.

GRAND TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS = 150

1 This program schedule is for those individuals who want to graduate with a B.S. in Education and Biology as an endorsement area. Other teacher certification in life science options include obtaining a B.S. or a B.A. in Biology with teacher certification, Post-Degree Graduate teaching certification (5000 or 6000 course options), Temporary Teacher Certification, or the Career Transition Program must consult with a science education advisor in the Department of Biology. Please call (314) 516-6220 for information or an appointment.

2 Students in this program must have advisors in both Education Teacher Certification (314-516-5937) and in Biology Education (314-516-6220). Students are responsible for determining and meeting all state, University, College, and Departmental requirements for teacher certification.

3 Specific laboratory courses are optional but teacher certification candidates must have a miminum of 5 laboratory courses in biology including the introductory courses.

4 If seeking a Post-Degree Certification you may take 5000 or 6000 level equivalent courses toward the masters degree.

5 A mimimum of 36 credit hours in Biology major area of emphasis.

6 Course requirements must be completed prior to student teaching. Student teaching interns should not take courses other than Seminar 4999 or work during the student teaching experience.

7 Required for Unified Science Certification.

Revised November 2012.

KEY TO REQUIREMENTS AND/OR RECOMMENDATIONS

BIO = required by the Department of Biology.
G = required by the biology supervisors of student teaching.
COE = required by the College of Education for secondary certification.
UR = campus-wide requirement for a degree program at UM-St. Louis.
Unified Science = required for Unified Science Certification.
DESE = Missouri State Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Questions? Please contact:

Dr. Charles R. Granger, B.S., M.Ed., M.S., Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Education 
Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor 
Departments of Biology and Teaching and Learning 
University of Missouri-St. Louis
239a Research Building 
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Telephone: (314) 516-6220
FAX: (314) 516-6233
E-mail: grangerch@umsl.edu