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BA/MST Science Education

Option "A" - Certification in One High School Science Content Area with Middle School Extension

Contact Person:
Melissa Cummings, Program Coordinator
215C Satterlee, (315) 267-2712, cumminma@potsdam.edu

107-124 credit hours required.

Application into this program requires a minimum of 2.0 in each course in the science content major. All Education courses must be completed with a 2.7 or higher, with a 2.75 GPA overall (education and liberal studies).

Students pursuing the B.A.-M.S.T. Adolescence Science Education Option “A” (for certification in one High School science with an extension to middle school) must complete an appropriate science major and a distribution in other science courses as listed.

Select one of the following majors: biology, chemistry, geology or physics. To officially declare one of these science majors, contact the appropriate department chair to declare the major, be assigned an adviser and select appropriate courses.

The science major must be completed with a 2.75 GPA.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Education Major (Credits 15)
EDLS 315 Teaching Students with Special Needs: Grades 5-12
EDLS 349 Introduction to Middle and Secondary School Education
SECD 356 Reading in the Middle and Secondary Schools
SECD 411 Middle School Science Field Experience
SECD 472 Science Curricula: Programs and Standards

Cognate Requirements (Credits 9)
All cognate courses must be completed with a 2.3 or higher, and prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program.
HLTH 230 School Health (CA, DASA, SAVE)
One of the following:
  PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
  PSYC 220 Child Development
Plus one of the following:
  PSYC 321 Psychology of Adolescence
  GRED 677* Development and Learning in Adolescence
*May be taken during the graduate portion of the program

Additional Science Cognates (Credits 42-50)
For Biology Majors (48 credits)
Major in Biology – 36 credit hours and in addition to the science cognates for the science major, the following science courses are required under advisement:
Physics course
Geology course
Astronomy course
Meteorology course

For Chemistry Majors (45 credits)
Major in Chemistry – 33 credits and in addition to the science cognates for the science major, the following science courses are required under advisement:
Biology course
Geology course
Astronomy course
Meteorology course

For Geology Majors (50 credits)
Major in Geology – 38 credits and in addition to the science cognates for the science major, the following science courses are required under advisement:
Biology course
Physics course
Astronomy course
Meteorology course

For Physics Majors (42-43 credits)
Major in Physics – 30 credits and in addition to the science cognates for the science major, the following science courses are required under advisement:
Astronomy course
Biology course
Geology course
Meteorology course

Modern Language (ML) Requirement (Credits 0-9)

Graduate-level Requirements (Credits 41)
Summer (9 credits)
  GRED 555 Classroom Management/Leadership: Middle/Secondary School
  GRED 557 Writing in the Middle and Secondary Schools
  I T IT Elective (514, 614, or 621)

Fall (15 credits)
  GRED 501 Seminar: Teaching Science in the Secondary School
  GRED 502 Issues in Science, Technology, Society
  GRED 571 Science Education Instruction in Secondary Schools
  GRED 673 Secondary Science Field Work (Science major)
  GRED 675 Secondary Science Teaching Research

Spring: Student Teaching (17 credits)
  GRED 670 Culminating Experience (with advisement)
  GRED 676 Student Teaching Seminar: Policies and Practice in American Education (2 credits)
  GRED 694 Student Teaching in the Middle/Junior High School: Grades 5-9 (6 credits)
  GRED 697 Student Teaching in the Senior High School: Grades 10-12 (6 credits) (major discipline)

Certification Requirements

  1. New York State Teacher Certification Exams required for Initial Certification: ALST, EAS, edTPA, and CST Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and/or Physics (Certification exams are subject to change)
  2. Fingerprinting Clearance

Option "B" - Grades 7-12: Certification in Two High School Science Content Areas

Contact Person:
Melissa Cummings, Program Coordinator
215C Satterlee, (315) 267-2712, cumminma@potsdam.edu

117-135 credit hours required.
(e.g., biology and chemistry, biology and physics, biology and earth science, chemistry and physics, chemistry and earth science, or physics and earth science; for other combinations, see adviser)

Application into this program requires completion of 16 credit hours in the science content major with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course. All education courses must be completed with a 2.7or higher, with a 2.75 GPA overall (education and liberal studies).

Students pursuing the B.A.-M.S.T. Adolescence Science Education Option “B” (for dual certification in two sciences) must complete an appropriate science major and minor.

Select one of the following majors: biology, chemistry, geology or physics major, and a minor in a second science. To officially declare one of these science majors, contact the appropriate department chair to declare the major, be assigned an adviser and select appropriate courses. The science major must be completed with a 2.75 GPA.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Education Major (Credits 15)
EDLS 315 Teaching Students with Special Needs: Grades 5-12
EDLS 349 Introduction to Middle and Secondary School Education
SECD 356 Reading in the Middle and Secondary Schools
SECD 410 Middle or Secondary Science Field Experience
SECD 472 Science Curricula: Programs and Standards

Cognate Requirements (Credits 9)
All cognate courses must be completed with a 2.3 or higher, and prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program.
HLTH 230 School Health (CA, DASA, SAVE)
One of the following:
  PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
  PSYC 220 Child Development
Plus one of the following:
  PSYC 321 Psychology of Adolescence
  GRED 677* Development and Learning in Adolescence
*May be taken during the graduate portion of the program

Modern Language (ML) Requirement (Credits 0-9)

Graduate-level Requirements (Credits 41)
Summer (9 credits)
  GRED 555 Classroom Management/Leadership: Middle/ Secondary School
  GRED 557 Writing in the Middle and Secondary Schools
  IT IT Elective (514, 614, or 621)

Fall (15 credits)
  GRED 501 Seminar: Teaching Science in the Secondary School
  GRED 502 Issues in Science, Technology, Society
  GRED 571 Science Education Instruction in the SecondarySchools
  GRED 673 Secondary Science Field Work (Science major)
  GRED 675 Secondary Science Teaching Research

Spring: Student Teaching (17 credits)
  GRED 670 Culminating Experience (with advisement)
  GRED 676 Student Teaching Seminar: Policies and Practice in American Education (2 credits)
  GRED 693 Supervised Clinical Experience/Student Teaching, Grades 9-12 (6 credits)
  GRED 697 Student Teaching: Sr. High School 10-12 (6 credits)

Additional Content Area Requirements (Credits 52-61)
For Biology Majors (55-61 credits)
Major in Biology (36 credits)
And one of the following minors:
  Minor in Chemistry (22 credits)
  Minor in Physics (19 credits)
  Minor in Geology (25 credits)

For Chemistry Majors (52-58 credits)
Major in Chemistry (33 credits)
And one of the following minors:
  Minor in Biology (23 credits)
  Minor in Physics (19 credits)
  Minor in Geology (25 credits)

For Geology Majors (57-61 credits)
Major in Geology (38 credits)
And one of the following minors:
  Minor in Chemistry (22 credits)
  Minor in Physics (19 credits)
  Minor in Biology (23 credits)

For Physics Majors (52-55 credits)
Major in Physics (30 credits)
And one of the following minors:
  Minor in Chemistry (22 credits)
  Minor in Biology (23 credits)
  Minor in Geology (25 credits)

Note: There may be additional requirements from each science department.

Certification Requirements

  1. New York State Teacher Certification Exams required for Initial Certification: ALST, EAS, edTPA, and CST Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and/or Physics (Certification exams are subject to change)
  2. Fingerprinting Clearance