Physical Science (7-12) with Teacher Certification

(Includes at least 36 credit hours of relevant content coursework)

The physical science major is available only for students seeking teacher certification in physical science with a specialization in high school (7-12). All students must complete the Liberal Arts Core in addition to the below listed coursework. In conjunction with your advisor, the degree entails the equivalent of at least 21 credit hours in Chemistry and at least 15 credit hours in Physics.

Pre-Education Requirements:

EDUC 2320 Learning and Development
EDUC 2330 Foundations of American Education Thought

Courses Taken After Admission to Teacher Certification Program:

Course No. Course Name
EDBI 4304 Methods for Teaching ESL 3
EDRE 4330 Teaching Content Area Reading Skills 3
EDSP 4302 Survey of Exceptional Children 3
EDSP 4311 Diagnostic & Prescriptive Teaching for Exceptional Children 3
EDUC 4100 TExES State Certification Exam Preparation Seminar 1
EDUC 4311 Curriculum & Instruction in the Secondary School 3
EDUC 4320 Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers** 3
EDUC 4400 Clinical Teaching Seminar 4
EDUC 4894 Clinical Teaching in the High School Grades (with appropriate placement) 8
Physical Science (7-12):
CHEM 1411 Chemistry of Our World 4
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 2423 Quantitative Analysis 4
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
CHEM 4191 Senior Research Project 1
ETEC 4306 Educational Applications of Technology 3
PHYS 2413 General Physics I 4(LACC*)
PHYS 2423 General Physics II 4
PHYS 4221 Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics I 2
A minimum of 5 additional upper level hours in CHEM and/or PHYS 5

*LACC indicates courses that have been taken in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.

**Drawing on the subject-specific training and expertise of our faculty, EDUC 4320 provides subject-specific methods of instruction via textbooks, teaching, and assignments aligned with standards for teacher preparation at the state and national levels. Each assignment and assignment rubric is keyed to state and national teacher preparation standards, and allows for collaboration, feedback, practice in teaching via lessons in the college classroom, and fieldwork in local, diverse schools, and supports learning groups. Students enroll in the course section of EDUC 4320 that pertains to their subject.