Certification in Biology in Secondary SchoolsCertification in Biology in Secondary Schools

Biology: Certification in Biology in Secondary Schools

The certification in biology in secondary education program at Cal U is a cross-listed program between the Colleges of Education and Science and Technology.  Core educational courses, required by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, are offered in addition to content specific courses that prepare students to successfully pass the state teaching certification exams (Praxis).  Students who enter this major are advised by both a content specialist in biology as well as an education specialist. 

Note that as a secondary education major, you are required to declare a dual major with your certification content area. So biology education majors must also be biology majors.

Get a description of each of Cal U's biology and secondary education courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree in four years.

Bachelor of Science in Education (Certification in Biology in Secondary Schools): 129 Credits

First Semester – 14 credits
CourseCredits
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar1 cr.
ENG 101 English Composition I3 crs.
PSY 100 General Psychology
3 crs.
MAT 199 Pre-Calculus
3 crs.
BIO 120 General Zoology
4 crs.

Second Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits
Math Course
3 crs.
English Course
3 crs.
ESP 210 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration
3 crs.
BIO 125: General Botany
4 crs.
General Education Course (Art)
3 crs.

Third Semester – 17 credits
CourseCredits
SEC 210 Introduction to Secondary Education
3 crs.
SEC 220 Standards-based Introduction to Secondary Education
3 crs.
BIO 215 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
4 crs.
PSY 206 Adolescent Psychology
3 crs.
CHE 101 General Chemistry I
4 crs.

Fourth Semester – 17 credits
CourseCredits
ESP 311 Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions
3 crs.
EDU 310 Teaching in a Multicultural Society
3 crs.
BIO 248 General Ecology
4 crs.
CHE 102 General Chemistry II
4 crs.
EDU 333 Technology in Teaching and Learning
3 crs.

Fifth Semester – 13 credits
CourseCredits
SEC 310 Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education
3 crs.
SEC 350 Content Area Literacy
3 crs.
SEC 360 Technology Infusion
3 crs.
BIO 305 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy OR BIO 306 Human Anatomy
4 crs.

Sixth Semester – 14 credits
CourseCredits 
SEC 400 Classroom Management
3 crs. 
SEC 420 Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education
3 crs.
BIO 328 Human Physiology or BIO 486 Comparative Animal Physiology
4 crs.
BIO 318 Genetics
4 crs.

Seventh Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits 
SEC 395 Teaching of Science3 crs.
PHY 121 General Physics I
4 crs.
EDU 350 Supporting English Language Learners
3 crs.
ESP 413 Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Education
3 crs.
HPE 314: First Aid and Personal Safety
4 crs.

Eight Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
SEC 461 Student Teaching Practicum12 crs.
SEC 460 Professional Practices in Secondary Education
3 crs.