Secondary Education - Biology Concentration

Secondary Education - Biology Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Biology Concentration

From anatomy to zoology, share your love of biology with a professional teaching degree.

Get set for a rewarding career teaching middle and high school biology. This comprehensive undergraduate program at California University of Pennsylvania meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

As a secondary education biology major, you'll combine education courses with college-level biology classes to gain expertise in your subject area and the latest best-practices in teaching.

You'll graduate ready to teach biology to grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania and beyond.

Cal U takes a time-honored approach to teacher education.

  • Founded as a teachers college, Cal U has a 165-year reputation of producing top-quality educators.
  • This bachelor's degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Cal U education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • All secondary education students gain extensive real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania classrooms.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

 Field Experiences
Before beginning the student teaching component of this program, you will complete three fieldwork experiences in local schools. This helps you excel in student teaching and stand out in the biology education job market.

Top Professors
You'll develop close relationships with our secondary education professors who have real-word experience in middle and high school education, doctorate degrees in their fields and active relationships with Pennsylvania schools.

Top Accreditation: This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

100 %
of secondary education faculty members are certified teachers with real-life experience in classrooms.
$64
average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Degree Benefits

Degree courses in secondary education will give you mastery of the latest practices and theories in biology and teaching.

  • Study science and biology curriculum development techniques.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology for teaching biology.

  • Deepen your knowledge of genetics, chemistry, anatomy, ecology and other scientific disciplines.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania schools.

  • Have the opportunity to get special education certification along with your biology certification.

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Graduate Outcomes

As a graduate of this bachelor's degree program, you'll be prepared to teach biology or life science in middle and high schools. You can also pursue a master's degree in teaching or education. Cal U biology education alumni teach in private, public and charter schools in Pennsylvania and across the country.

 
Biology Concentration - Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree
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Professional Development

Work with a career services counselor who is dedicated to secondary education majors. You can also take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities including a seminar series, career development activities and the Student PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) Club.

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 Faculty Spotlight

Learn best practices for teaching science from professors with real-world experience, such as Dr. Joseph Zisk, who obtained his B.S.Ed. in Chemistry from Cal U in 1973, has a doctorate in education from Temple University, has taught high school biology, chemistry and physics, and was a district-wide K-12 science and technology superior.

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Course Spotlight: Methods of Science Education

Biology can be a daunting subject for middle and high school students. In this course you'll learn proven methods for teaching scientific concepts that will help your students understand and absorb key principles while igniting their wonder for the natural world.

Biology Concentration - Secondary Education Bachelor's Degree Courses

Rigorous biology and education courses will deepen your scientific knowledge base while equipping you with the latest theories and practices in biology and life science education. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for Pennsylvania teaching certification.

Curriculum
 

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 14
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 199  Pre-Calculus 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
   
Second Semester 16
BIO 125  General Botany 4
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
English Course 3
Math Course 3
General Education Course (Art) 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 17
BIO 215  Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
SEC 210  Introduction to Secondary Education 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Education in Secondary Education 3
   
Fourth Semester 17
BIO 248  General Ecology   4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 13
BIO 305  Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy OR BIO 306 Human Anatomy 4
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration in Secondary Education 3
   
Sixth Semester 14
BIO 318  Genetics 4
BIO 328  Human Physiology  OR  BIO 486  Comparative Animal Physiology 4
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 17
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
ESP 413  Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Education 3
HSC 315  First Aid and Personal Safety 4
PHY 121  General Physics I
4
SEC 395  Teaching of Science 3
   
Eighth Semester 15
SEC 460  Professional Practices in Secondary Education 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching Practicum 12
Total 122

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Secondary Education Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner
Professor

hepner@calu.edu

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Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

hoover_m@calu.edu

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Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

monroe@calu.edu

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

morrisrutledge@calu.edu

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Coordinator of Graduate Secondary Ed Programs and Assistant Professor

perrotti@calu.edu

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Dr. Joseph Zisk
Professor; director, Teaching and Learning Center

zisk@calu.edu

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